An Interview With European Mash Monster Nick McKinless!

Find all about who the newest and one of the first European Gripboard Mash Monster, Nick McKinless, is and view videos of his incredible feats of grip strength!
Mash Monster Number 5: Nick McKinless!

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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 fifth certified GripBoard Mash Monster and the second European Gripboard Mash Monster, Nick McKinless.

Nick McKinless 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.

    Age 15, to get stronger for climbing and in general. My training now is based around strength and agility so I do a lot of bodyweight and weight lifting combined with cardio and agility based exercises like jumping, plyometric pushups and gymnastics.

[ Q ] How did you get into grip training?

    From my rock climbing that I did when I was younger and then seriously after ordering David Horne's grip course.

[ Q ] You are now a GripBoard Mash Monster, what would you recommend to those aspiring to close this gripper?

    Train hard! :-)

[ Q ] You are also a Certified Captain of Crush® How long did it take you from when you first started working on the grippers to closing the #3?

    Hard to say but about month after I got my first no.3 although I had tried David's old 3 years earlier.

[ Q ] What does your current grip routine look like?

    It's erratic! Right now once a week at David's. Just playing really with the European lifts.

[ Q ] How has your grip routine changed since you first started training your grip?

    I don't do so much these days and try to train, when I can, for specific feats.

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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?

    Oh yes everything from twice a day to like now once a week. Over the last 6 months I have trained 6 times but hopefully I can get some consistency for a while even if it's just once a week.

[ Q ] What are your favorite grip exercises?

    All sorts really. Pinching, grippers, plate curling, the Blob, whatever, I like it all really.

[ Q ] What kind of starting routine would you recommend for a trainee new to grip training?

    Pinching, bending and grippers done once each week after each full body workout.

[ Q ] Who do you most admire in gripdom?

    I don't really admire anyone as such but I have full respect for what has been achieved in the past and for the grip masters of the present and future.

[ Q ] If you were to start over again with your grip training, what would you do differently?


[ Q ] What do you believe is the most difficult grip exercise?

    Whatever is the next goal you want to achieve.

[ Q ] What are some of your personal bests in grip exercises?

    I haven't done anything really good.

[ Q ] What do you believe is the most common mistake made by new grip trainees?

    Not being patient enough - good things come to those who wait...and train HARD!

[ Q ] What do you consider to be the greatest grip feats of all time?

    To make this easier I have answered based on the 5 areas currently being tested for the European's.
      Pinching - David Horne's 67.5kg One Hand Pinch in training and 65kg in competition.

      Bending/Wrists - Pat Povilaitis' recent 'bendathon' featured in Iron Grip magazine.

      Crushing - Any number 4 closer.

      Supporting - Goerner's One Hand Hand Deadlift of 330kg/727.5lbs and Jim Wylie's One Hand Vertical bar of 243kg.

      Thick Bars - not being tested but it would have to be Joel Sward's recent Farmer's Walk with 2 Inch 'Bells' and also Apollon's 'Near snatch' with the thick handled 226lbs dumbbell.

[ Q ] Do you have any parting advice for readers?

    Live strong and with honor and enjoy life.

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