Name: Ron Wright, Jr.
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 200 lbs.
Date of Feat: 1-27-06
Witness: Jeremy Smith
How Long Grip Training: 1 year
Current Grip Training Program: 3x a week doing both grip and bending
[ 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)?
Started lifting a few years ago for wrestling and have continued since then. I'd like to eventually try more strongman lifting down the road when I have opportunity to.
[ Q ] How did you get into grip training?
Saw the Iron mind grippers advertised on the internet and after buying them was hooked from there.
[ Q ] You are now a GripBoard Mash Monster, what would you recommend to those aspiring to close this gripper?
Get on the Gripboard.com and start reading. There's a lot off good stuff on there to help with training and will point you in the right direction.
[ 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?
It took about 6 months to close the #3, and then another 6 months to be able to Credit Card cert it.
[ Q ] What does your current grip routine look like?
I usually just go off whether my hands feel good. If they hurt I'll take time off, if not train until they do.
[ Q ] How has your grip routine changed since you first started training your grip?
I try to incorporate more than just grippers in training. By doing that it's made my hands much stronger all around and has carried over into the grippers.
[ 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 don't think frequency matters as long as you make sure and take time off to let your hands heal.
[ Q ] What are your favorite grip exercises?
Grippers and short steel bending. Some would say bending doesn't really incorporate much grip and is mostly wrist, but I feel I've had carryover to grip from it.
[ Q ] What kind of starting routine would you recommend for a trainee new to grip training?
Go on the Gripboard.com and look for the beginner's workout for grip. After that you'll know what works for you and go from there.
|View The Video Of Ron
Closing The MMG
[ Q ] Who do you most admire in gripdom?
[ Q ] If you were to start over again with your grip training, what would you do differently?
I'd incorporate more things than just grippers. By doing that you build all-around grip instead of a one-dimensional hand strength.
[ Q ] What do you believe is the most difficult grip exercise?
Pinching is hard for me because I recently just started doing it.
[ Q ] What are some of your personal bests in grip exercises?
A #3 for 6 reps. The others aren't really worth mentioning yet.
[ Q ] What do you believe is the most common mistake made by new grip trainees?
Overtraining when they first start and then giving up when they yield no progress. It takes a long time to build grip strength.
[ Q ] What do you consider to be the greatest grip feats of all time?
Kayla Corbett closing the Trainer and anything by John Brookfield and Dennis Rogers.
[ Q ] Do you have any parting advice for readers?