The Mash Monster: An Interview With Mash Monster Eli Kiener.

Find all about who the newest Gripboard Mash Monster, Eli Kiener, see pics and video of his incredible feats of grip strength!

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Eli Kiener

[ 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)

    A: I started weight training my freshman year of HS. I started because I was an athlete and we had a strength program for football and a weight training class so we lifted year round.

    I am now finished with my college football career and now focus on Olympic lifts, such as Snatch, Clean and Jerk, push press, high bar deep squats.

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    I like training one arm lifts especially snatch. I'm starting to get into a little strongman stuff too.

[ Q ] How did you get into grip training?

    A: I have always needed a strong grip, growing up working with my dad around the house swinging a sledge, loading scrap iron, firewood, etc. I developed my grip the honest way.

    I think that it runs in the family because younger brother Cliff who's 21 picked up the Inch DB the first time he ever saw it! My cousin Jake Brooks Introduced me to the "Grip world" at the NOS II where I closed a COC #3.

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

    A: I would say work hard and don't focus on grip training, you'll probably burn out.

[ 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?

    A: Not that long, once I was informed that you could set it, I closed it. The first time I learned to set it was at the NOS, it was probably the 3rd time I touched a gripper.

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

    A: I don't have a grip routine; I do play around every now and then with grippers, plate curls, flipping eleiko plates, etc...

Eli Doing Some Plate Curls.
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[ Q ] Has your grip routine changed since you first started training your grip?

    A: No, I just think of different things that will work my grip.

[ 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?

    A: I would say that you have to find what works for the individual. Everyone adapts differently.

[ Q ] What are your favorite grip exercises?

Farmer's Walk

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

    A: Train your whole body and your grip will come. Also use you hands in every day life.

[ Q ] Who do you most admire in gripdom?

    A: I respect all those who have done great things.

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

    A: I wouldn't change anything except maybe finding out about this "gripworld" sooner.

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

    A: Bending/tearing.

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

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

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

    A: I would have to say that there are too many to mention.

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

    A: I will say that hard work pays off and train with relentless determination.