Here is Mash Monster #33, Gregory Allen.
Name: Gregory Allen
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 240 lbs.
Date of Feat: 4/22/2006
Witness: Walter K. Crews
How Long Grip Training: About 14 months, give or take
Current Grip Training Program: Grippers, 1-3 times/week, Blob work, other pinch training, tearing phonebooks and decks of cards
Other Training Info: Running 3 days/week
I'd really like to thank the Godfather for getting me into grippers. Without him, I wouldn't have accomplished this feat. Also, I would like to thank all of the veterans who coached me along and provided their advice and support.
[ Q ] Could you tell us a little about your background in lifting (age, when you started lifting, why you started, what you do now as far as lifts)?
[ Q ] How did you get into grip training?
A friend of mine brought in his trainer and #1 to the office. I was so fascinated by them; I went home that night and ordered my own set.
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[ Q ] You are now a GripBoard Mash Monster, what would you recommend to those aspiring to close this gripper?
Train hard, listen to your body and be persistent.
[ 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?
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[ Q ] What does your current grip routine look like?
Train grippers 1-3 times a week, work on the Blob and other pinch related stuff 1-2 times a week, and rip phone books and decks of cards in between.
[ Q ] How has your grip routine changed since you first started training your grip?
I used to overtrain, like most people new to the sport. I solicited advice from the veterans and used their feedback to train smarter.
[ 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 have. Changing frequently allows you to stimulate your muscles in different ways. Continuously challenging them is the key.
[ Q ] What are your favorite grip exercises?
Grippers and Blobs by the face, plate pinching.
[ Q ] What kind of starting routine would you recommend for a trainee new to grip training?
Start out light. Like most people, I was over anxious and overtrained.
[ Q ] Who do you most admire in gripdom?
Wow, so many to list. I guess I'd have to say all #4 closers, anyone lifting the Blob or the Inch, Richard Sorin, John Brookfield and all of the other legends. The list is endless.
[ Q ] If you were to start over again with your grip training, what would you do differently?
Train less, train smarter.
[ Q ] What do you believe is the most difficult grip exercise?
[ Q ] What are some of your personal bests in grip exercises?
Closing the Elite, RB300 and lifting the Blob 42.5.
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Closing The MMG.
[ 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?
Any of the firsts: first #3 close, first #4 close, first Blob lift, etc.
[ Q ] Do you have any parting advice for readers?
Train hard. Learn how to listen to your body, and then actually do it. Push the limits when you are healthy and back off when you feel you are starting to overtrain. When things get stale, switch it up. But most of all, be persistent! And, if you want to learn about Grip Strength, visit the GripBoard at Gripboard.com.
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