In a previous article, I introduced you to the the first GripBoard Mash Monster Elite, Heath Saxton. This time I would like to introduce to you the third certified GripBoard Mash Monster, Dave Morton.
Dave Morton Profile
[ Q ] Could you tell us a little about your background in lifting? Age, when started lifting, why you started, what you do now as far as lifts.
I am 33 now and I started lifting weights in high school, but wasn't my thing. Honest answer as to why was for the girls, and football. I've always been a lot better at lifting odd shaped / real world things. My best lifts are a 410lb bench, 505 deadlift, and 500 squat. It's been awhile on the deads and squats. I don't really fool with the weights anymore.
[ Q ] How did you get into grip training?
My buddy who is a power lifter said I outta give this COC#2 gripper he had a try. Said it was right up my alley. And he was right, like bread and butter.
[ Q ] You are now a certified GripBoard Mash Monster. What would you recommend to those aspiring to close this gripper?
Don't think you can't do it, or you won't. Train hard and it will happen.
My friend gave me his COC#2 in February; I like it so much I ordered the Trainer, #1, #2 and #3 that week. I closed the #3 in bout 5 days after receiving it.
[ Q ] What does your current grip routine look like?
Recently I've cut back to doing the grippers about twice a week, and concentrating on my bending. When I do the grippers, I never know what I am gonna do till I start, may be low singles with a hard gripper, or high singles with a easier one. I mostly go by how I feel. I've recently started doing wrist curls, and I also do levering work with a sledgehammer. I'll also do some thick bar work as well.
[ Q ] How has your grip routine changed since you first started training your grip?
At first I would just keep doing the grippers every day, day in, day out. Then I started trying different methods like low single attempts with more rest, then I did some high singles, as well as how often. But change is GOOD.
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[ Q ] There seems to be a significant variation in the frequency of grip workouts among trainees even with the common goal of ultimate grip strength. Have you experimented with workout frequency and it's affect on your training?
I've tried everyday to once a week. Both have their advantages. The main thing is to use 100% effort and once the gains start to leave, CHANGE your routine.
[ Q ] What are your favorite grip exercises?
I'd have to say the grippers are my favorite, but I also like thick bar stuff.
[ Q ] What kind of starting routine would you recommend for a trainee new to grip training?
I'd say start slow, and work up a good base strength. Use common sense and always put everything into your grip training. Once they have gotten a "feel" for grip training, reassess your goals and prioritize what you want to accomplish then have at it.
[ Q ] Who do you most admire in gripdom?
Several people I admire, for different things. John Brookfield, his strength is unreal. Steve McGranahan, bending, crush, pinch and doesn't know the word CAN'T. David Horne is possibly the best rounded in all aspects of grip strength. Steve Gardner, none is better at thick bar lifting. So many more, I admire anyone who gives there all. It doesn't matter if they have set any records or not, it's all in the effort.
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[ Q ] What do you believe is the most difficult grip exercise?
For me it would be the pinch. I've really got to work on this!
[ Q ] What are some of your personal bests in grip exercises?
I've closed the COC#4, the MashMonster gripper, lifted the INCH dumbbell, bent grade 8 bolts, and although I haven't fully lifted it yet, I've gotten the BLOB about 2 ft. off the ground.
[ Q ] What do you believe is the most common mistake made by new grip trainees?
Not trying hard enough. Injuries are one thing, but just because it " hurts " is something else. "You can't make an omelet without breaking a few eggs", same can be said for grip training. Torn skin, blood, and hurting fingers/hands is part of it.
[ Q ] What do you consider to be the greatest grip feats of all time?
Personally, I think pinching 2 45lb plates. Or anything involving a pinch grip. Simply because my pinch sucks.
[ Q ] Do you have any parting advice for readers?
No matter what your goals or training is like, give 100%. And have a positive outlook, because if you think you can't do something, you probly wont.
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