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I am currently taking on 3 new Coaching Clients.
What does the Grip Task Force Entail?
1. Completion of Training/Health History Forms
I will send you forms which will need to be completed. These forms will cover various questions related to your training background and goals. This will help me get to know you and your training history. There are also some liability forms that must be completed.
2. Initial One-on-One Coaching Call
For 30 to 60 minutes, we will get on the phone or skype and discuss your forms and your goals. We will establish where you are at now in your development, where you want to go, the equipment you have to train with, the gym facilities you have access to, and other important information that will help us get going.
3. Weekly Programming Updates
Each week, I will send you a training plan based on your specific goals. I will email these plans to you and you will be expected to complete them after each workout. I must receive them completely filled out by the end of the training week so I can assess them and make adjustments to them for the following week.
Each program I design is individualized for each specific member in the Grip Task Force. To do one program for multiple individuals would be irresponsible. You are each different and will respond to different loads, volumes, rest, and other variables that we will monitor.
4. Bi-Weekly Coaching Calls
Every two weeks, we will get together again via telephone or skype to help move you forward with your training. During this time, I can answer questions that have come up, we can look and see what changes need to be made to your program, I can watch your technique on the more technical forms of Grip Training, such as Grippers, Two Hands Pinch, and Bending, and much more. These bi-weekly calls will be like attending a live Workshop with me, without having to miss the time from work or pay for travel costs.
5. Grip Task Force Facebook Group
I have a Facebook Group set up only for Grip Task Force members. Here you can ask questions of one another, as well as announce new PR’s and share videos of your success. That’s what it’s all about!
6. Complete Access to TheGripAuthority.com
In addition to the programming I send you, you will also get your own login credentials to my Grip Strength Coaching Site, TheGripAuthority.com. I started it in January of 2010, so it has 4+ years of content just sitting there, waiting for you to come and devour it.
7. Email and Text Access
In addition to the Coaching Calls every two weeks, you will also be able to ask me questions via email and text. I carry my phone with me everywhere, so you will be able to get a hold of me just about any time from 5:30AM to 9:00PM during the week and similar hours on the weekends.
If you are not happy with the results you have gotten so far this year, then let’s work together to make some changes and get you going in the right direction again.
In just a matter of weeks, you could see the following:
Look, all of these things are well within your reach.
The problem is, there is something holding you back from reaching them.
In many cases, it is a simple TECHNIQUE FIX that makes all of the difference.
I have seen people increase a full gripper size increase in crushing strength by making technical adjustments alone. In other words, jumping from the COC #1 to the #2, and even from missing on a #2 to routinely closing the #2.5.
Most recently, Dave Depew, went from MISSING on the number 2 to SMASHING IT, just MINUTES after watching a technical video I shot for him.
Then he went on to the #3 gripper and got it down to just 1/4″. (He would have tried a #2.5, but he doesn’t own one!)
How much improvement CAN YOU MAKE in just a few minutes after watching a short technical video?
You’ll have to join the Grip Task Force to find out:
Nothing is more frustrating than when you know you are busting your butt in the gym, only to see very little in return.
If the problem has to do with VOLUME, we will be able to iron all that out through our weekly training updates and bi-weekly coaching calls.
Sometimes, lifters aren’t familiar with the established drills that have the biggest impact on the grip goals you have.
You may not realize how much you are not aware of – TOGETHER, we can change that.
You may have a weakness that is holding you back. Weak wrists are an INFAMOUS progress killer. Another common thing – your thumb may be so weak it is crumbling on you when you need it the most.
These are the kinds of things we can only sort out through direct one-on-one conversation, and that is what the Grip Task Force is all about.
Now’s the time to take control of your training.
Let’s make 2016 YOUR YEAR by working toward your Grip Strength Goals TOGETHER.
Join me today…
Expect an email back from me when you sign up…
Can’t wait to get started.
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Josh McIntyre wins the Week 10 Challenge, taking position on his throne of Power in the Weekly Grip Strength Challenge Saga… – Check out the video below
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One of my funky little Kettlebell Grip Drills
Sometimes people ask me why the heck I would want to put all of that time into training only 5% of my body.
I understand why people ask this. In fact, when I first heard about training Grip, I thought it was a waste of time too.
However, I did think it would be cool to tear a deck of cards in half so I decided to give Grip Training a try.
Within a few weeks I was tearing decks of cards, but to my surprise, a lot of my other lifts were also going up.
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It’s time for a showdown…
Please leave a comment with your vote for best video in this week’s Grip Strength Challenge.
Thanks to everyone who sent in submissions and to everyone who takes part in the voting.
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Below are the submissions for the Weekly Diesel Grip Challenge.
Week 1’s feat of strength was Pinching Two 25’s.
To vote, please watch each video and leave a comment below for the one you think is the best video.
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Right now, I guess you could say it is the Grip Sport Off-Season, if there is one of those.
We just got done with the World’s Strongest Hands Series in November. I have been told by the head promoter of that series, David Horne, that there will indeed be a WSH next year in the Fall, but there will be 3 Legs instead of 4, and there will be more like 5 events per Leg instead of just 3.
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Before you grab yourself a piece of cake, do these 5 Grip Movements for your Workout Dessert
No doubt you love your strength training and want to get the most out of it, whether you are a strength enthusiast, athlete, or coach.
I’ve spoken for years with you about the importance of including Grip training in the strength training program.
A strong grip helps you in many ways:
However, although everyone knows grip training is important, sometimes they have trouble figuring out where to put it into their program.
The way I do it is this: I complete my warm-up and either upper or lower body training in the first part of my workout and then I go into my Grip Training after that, essentially having another completely separate workout for Grip that sometimes lasts longer than the upper/lower body training I’ve done.
Full workouts devoted to Grip Training are not a necessity for most people. I do it this way because I compete in Grip Contests. This kind of volume would be a waste of valuable time for most people and likely lead to injuries due to not being conditioned.
In most cases, it would be better for you to use Grip training as the “dessert” for your workout, something that you add in at the end.
I actually do this quite frequently, especially when I de-load my grip or if I have no contests coming up. I will devote a little extra time to my upper/lower body training, and then pick one or two Grip movements that I will do for only 15 or 30 minutes to stimulate the grip that day.
Here are some of the movements I use most often for Grip Finishers.
I have grown to absolutely love training with the Mace. I use the Stronger Grip Mace/ Core Club from StrongerGrip.com. The dynamic nature of the Mace Swing causes you to clamp down hard with the thumb and the last two fingers. I also like to wear gloves on these to make the Grip emphasis even more challenging.
VOLUME: I like to hit 4 to 6 sets of 20 repetitions with my Mace, alternating between having the right hand and left hand on top each set.
Also, what is great about these devices is that their weight is adjustable. They are filled with shot through a hole in the head and you can get started light and gradually work up as your technique gets better.
If you’re interested in picking up a Mace, click here => Stronger Grip Mace. I work with Ryan at SG as an affiliate, but that isn’t why I recommend them, it’s because these things are cool, tough, and fun!
Club Swinging is similar to Mace Swinging in that the movements require a strong grip in order to perform the movement correctly. If you have weak hands or wrists, then there is no way you can do a lot of the movements with the Clubs unless they are very light. I keep the clubs loaded to capacity with steel shot and keep the movements simple in order to focus on dynamic hand and wrist strength.
One thing you may not realize is that Clubs and Maces also require substantial engagement from the lats in order to perform swings with them, especially if you are going heavy. For that matter, I like to hit some simple casting movements with my Club prior to bench, overhead press, and pull-ups.
VOLUME: I like to hit 3 sets with each hand. I stick with groups of 12 reps. The first set is done with a regular cadence, starting with my hand near my rib cage and ending there as well. I then do a set that involves quite a bit of momentum and speed, focusing on whipping the Club forward over my shoulder back to the order position. My third set is then done with a dead stop behind my back and then blasting back to the order position. This really is great for stretching the tricep and loosening up the shoulders.
There are literally dozens of more variations you can do with these, especially if you stay very light, but I generally stay on the heavy side for that Grip Strength emphasis.
This is where you can pick up your fully adjustable Stronger Grip Clubs. <= Click there
Forearm Rotation (Pronation and Supination) is a must for anyone who plays sports and runs the risk of developing forearm pain like epicondylits (Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow). When I do a good job keeping this in my routine, my forearms are pain free. I’m guilty of complacency just as much as anyone though, and sometimes I do forget, but for the last couple of months, I have been hitting these at least once per week again and I am feeling solid.
For years I did Forearm Rotation stuff seated with a sledge hammer, but I have been getting a lot more stimulation recently by doing them standing with my forearm parallel to the ground.
I often just use a sledge hammer or a leverage bar, but Stronger Grip also has a loadable Leverage Ball that I used with my baseball players when they were coming in the Summer and early Fall.
I think these things are great for Baseball and Softball players and I think they would also be great for Football players, especially Quarterbacks and Running Backs/Kick Returners because it requires a more Open-Hand position while maneuvering the forearm than sledge hammers and leverage bars do.
This is where to get your Leverage Ball => Stronger Grip Store.
VOLUME: I like to hit 3 sets of 10 to 15. I like to move the hammer really slow in order to feel it the whole way up my forearm.
You saw my recent post on kettlebell flipping with gloves on. That was VERY TOUGH. But usually I just do these without gloves on and I try to get as many forward flip and catches as possible.
This works the Grip big time. It is very dynamic and you must have strong fingers and thumbs in order to reverse the momentum of the flipping kettlebell and bring it back up for another repetition.
Kettlebell Flipping also requires a significant work load from the posterior chain, and from the postural muscles in the back and shoulders. Because so much muscular activity is taking place, you get breathing very heavily, so this one has the added benefit of increasing your conditioning as well.
VOLUME: It really depends on how I am feeling and how rusty I am. When I do these regularly, I can hit 20 in a row alternating between hands, no problem. My hands get slow if I haven’t done it in a while, but I shoot for 4 sets of 12 to 20 reps with the 95-lber.
Dragon Door makes outstanding Kettlebells. You can buy them here => Dragondoor Kettlebells.
I honestly feel that this may be the toughest Grip Exercise I ever “invented.” And when I say invented, I simply mean I came up with it on my own. For all I know the Mighty Atom or Slim The Hammer Man might have been doing this for decades before I even knew what Grip training was.
Sledge Hammer Chain Twists literally hit every single aspect of your lower arms.
In order to do these right, I am convinced you HAVE to use a chain for accommodating resistance. I like to just wrap the chain around the sledge handle and tape it on with athletic or duct tape, otherwise it may slide around on you while you are working the movement.
VOLUME: I generally do just one set with the right hand on top and one set with the left hand on top, because these are brutal. I use a hammer that is 8-lbs and then the chain is like 20-lbs, so it gets pretty heavy.
Sledge Hammers are available all over the place – hardware stores, amazon, different sites. Just google it and you should be able to find something, but get something you like because they are pretty expensive.
Look, you know you need to work your Grip and what you do for it needs to be high impact. If you are looking for High Impact ways to get strong from the elbow down, these 5 ways have my backing.
Any questions, let me know.
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