Mash Monster Number 25: Chad Woodall.

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

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

    I started lifting weights when I was 15. I was real involved in sports in school, and strength training was a plus! I also competed in a few bench press competitions while I was in college.


[ Q ] How did you get into grip training?

    I got into grip training when I was 29. I started training for strongman on the NASS level, and I found out really quick how much I needed a very strong grip. I have been training grip ever since, and now I am 31.


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Chad Woodall, The 25th Man In The World To Close A MMG.


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

    Just find which grip routine works best for you, and stick with it to the end. Do not stop training... see all your goals through to the end.


[ 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?

    About one year.

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

    I train grippers, thick bar, pinch, and sledge twice a week.


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

    My grip training has not varied much. I found what works for me... and I got to work.


[ 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 train grip twice a week; on Tuesday and Thursday. I hit grip hard for about two hours, training all aspects... and this frequency seems to work the best for me.


[ Q ] What are your favorite grip exercises?

    Grippers, thick bar, two-hand pinch, and sledge

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

    Start with the grippers, and build on that with training other areas like thick bar, and pinch. Start slow and finish strong.


Chad Closing The MMG.


[ Q ] Who do you most admire in gripdom?

    John Brookfield, and all the # 4 CoC closers.

    Who Is John Brookfield?
    John Brookfield is a internationally known speaker, writer, and strongman. John uses hand strength to bend and twist steel and iron into beautiful artistic shapes. These pieces of steel and iron are made into magnificent sculptures.


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

    Nothing really.


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

    Pinch.


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

    Too low to mention.


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

    Overtraining. Just be patient and it will all come together.


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

    Any #4 CoC close.


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

    Train hard and be consistent with your training. For the best in grip training visit the GripBoard.