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 ninth certified GripBoard Mash Monster, Bob Lipinski.
Bob Lipinski 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 started lifting at about 14 years old, probably because I thought Arnold was really cool. My uncle was a bodybuilder, and he helped me with some sensible advice to get started. I have competed in
bench press and
deadlift meets, but now in just bench only meets due to injury. I hope to one day heal up enough to enter a full power meet.
[ Q ] How did you get into grip training?
I think I heard about MILO and the grippers online, and one time when I hurt my back I decided to get some grippers in order to keep me busy training and not feeling down on myself.
The best advice I could give is to treat a max gripper attempt like a loaded barbell- Warm up good, get psyched up, and put your all into it. Alot of people just play with the grippers here and there.
[ Q ] You are also a Certified Captain of CrushÂ® How long did it take you from when you first started working on the grippers to closing the #3?
[ Q ] What does your current grip routine look like?
I have been switching back and forth between lots of reps and negatives on the grippers every day, and a more balanced grip routine with wrist roller work, pinch work, thick bar type lat work, and grippers 1-2 days a week. I like both styles of training, but the high volume gripper stuff tends to hurt my elbows, so I can't keep it up.
[ Q ] How has your grip routine changed since you first started training your grip?
More volume and consistency. Before I would train the grippers really hard once a week for 4-6 weeks, then stop for a month or so. Now I do some sort of gripwork 3-4 days a week if not more, and I am much more consistent with it.
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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?
Yes. Although I think the high volume/frequency stuff is best for gripper strength, when I am in serious training for the bench it beats up my elbows pretty bad.
[ Q ] What are your favorite grip exercises?
Wrist roller, towel chinups, of course the grippers.
[ Q ] What kind of starting routine would you recommend for a trainee new to grip training?
Well, I would recommend trying to close the hardest gripper possible for a few attempts, then try to get as many total reps as possible with an easy gripper over a half hour or so. Doing this 1-2 times a week would be a good start.
No matter what a beginner does, the most important thing to remember is that grip training is like other training- You must be consistent, put in serious effort, and measure some form of progression on a consistent basis.
[ Q ] Who do you most admire in gripdom?
Heath Sexton and
Nick McKinless. They are both very strong guys in the grip game, and they have both gone out of their way to help me out in my training.
Be more consistent.
[ Q ] What do you believe is the most difficult grip exercise?
Pinching! I am no good at it. Bending is the most painful. I lasted 2 weeks before I got tired of bruised and strained fingers.
[ Q ] What are some of your personal bests in grip exercises?
I've closed the newer Beefbuilder elite grippers, and I have done a #3 for 7 reps straight. I have broke 2 35's off the ground in the plate pinch, and have done a 200 lb. Rolling Thunder lift. I have bent a 6" long round 1/4" steel bar. I am strongest in the grippers by far.
[ Q ] What do you believe is the most common mistake made by new grip trainees?
Treating the grip stuff like toys and not as a serious workout.
[ Q ] What do you consider to be the greatest grip feats of all time?
The #4 close is probably the only one I can relate to. Magnus closing it with 3 fingers sure is something.
[ Q ] Do you have any parting advice for readers?
Train hard, consistently, and set goals, with a plan to acheive them.
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