The Mash Monster: An Interview With Mash Monster Florian Kellersmann!

Find all about who the newest Gripboard Mash Monster, Florian Kellersmann, is and view videos of his incredible feats of grip strength!
Mash Monster Number 14: Florian Kellersmann!

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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 fourteenth certified GripBoard Mash Monster, Florian Kellersmann.


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[ 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 seriously in the summer of 2001 when I was 24. My current routine consists of much grip work, armwrestling and the basics: squats, bench press, deadlifts and pull-ups.

[ Q ] How did you get into grip training?

    For improving my hand strength for armwrestling.

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

    Train hard and take enough breaks!

[ 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?

    Two years.

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

    Two hand pinch, blockweights, grippers (single attempts, no negatives), sledge work.

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

    First I only trained with grippers. I hadn't much info about griptraining and I had only small equipment that time. But now I train nearly everything grip-related. Most of the time I have no strict training-routine, but I'm training regularly.

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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?

    Training one exercise more than 2 times a week doesn't work for me.

[ Q ] What are your favorite grip exercises?

    Grippers, plate pinching and plate curls are my favourite grip exercises. I'm not a huge fan of the Rolling Thunder, but I like the Apollon's Axle.

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

    Start with grippers, plate pinch and leverage bar two times a week. After a few months of training start with thick-bar-training. Then add bending.

[ Q ] Who do you most admire in gripdom?

    John Brookfield, Joe Kinney, David Horne, Wade Gillingham and Dave Morton. Of course the other strong guys from the gripboard impress me much too, my list is long.

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

    I would start as I recommended it for beginners. I wouldn't train my crush only.

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

    For me it is the pinch. I've really got to work on this, but I like it.

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

    Grippers right: Super Elite (rated at 3.65), no set CoC #3; left: CoC #3

    Apollon's Axle: 320 pounds

    Rolling Thunder: 176 pounds

    Plate curls: 15 kg

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

    Only training the grippers. I did it too. The goal is a good overall grip. I don't believe that crushing strength has much carry over into other areas of grip strength.

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

    Pinch lifting like David Horne and Wade Gillingham.

    The most impressive feats for me are tearing a tennis-ball and bursting soda-cans.

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

    Train hard and have some fun!

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