The Mash Monster: An Interview With Mash Monster Jason Allen!

Find all about who the newest Gripboard Mash Monster, Jason Allen, is and view videos of his incredible feats of grip strength!
Mash Monster Number 18: Jason Allen!

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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 eighteenth certified GripBoard Mash Monster, Jason Allen.

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[ Q ] Could you tell us a little about your background in lifting?

    Started lifting weights in high school to get stronger for sports. I try to get into the gym now just to stay physically fit.

[ Q ] How did you get into grip training?

    A friend at work brought COC grippers in one day and showed them to me, I tried them, and have been doing them ever since.

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

    Set realistic goals for yourself, once they are achieved, set new ones. Be consistent and and driven.

[ 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?

    Started working with the grippers in July of 03. Could close the #1 but took about three weeks to close the #2. Closed the #3 for the first time in late Nov. 03. Certified in Dec. 03.

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

    It varies; I focus mainly on the grippers. Right now I do heavy singles, then some no set work, followed by some pony clamp work to build my thumb pad.

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

    When I first started out, the first six months or so, I was doing high reps/high volume which resulted in a bad case of tendonitis and I had to take off approximately 8 weeks from grip training.

    Now I train between two and three times a week trying to leave the grippers alone on my off days and if I have to pick them up, I just use the COC trainer just to get the blood pumping.

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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 found everyday every other day workouts to be productive in the short term, but set backs due to injuries from high volume workouts don't pay off in the long term.

[ Q ] What are your favorite grip exercises?

    There is nothing like the grippers.

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

    Pick a realistic goal gripper, stay focused and patient, and it will come.

[ Q ] Who do you most admire in gripdom?

    Joe Kinney

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

    Have more patience with my progress. Realize that grip progress comes in small sometimes immeasurable quantities.

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

    For me it's doing hub work.

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

    COC #3, Beef Builder Elite (deep set), MM1.

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

    Going too hard and too fast.

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

    Closing COC #4, lifting the inch, Bending the Ironmind Red nail.

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

    Set realistic goals for yourself, stay determined, and be patient.

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