Here is Mash Monster Number 35 Wes Peart.
Name: Wes Peart
Date Of Feat: 11-3-06
Witness: Tim Myrick
How Long Grip Training: Little longer than a year
Current Grip Training Program: Grippers once or twice a week, the same with pinch and thickbar
Other Training Info: High volume
Acknowledgements: Thanks to Tim for getting me into grip by buying grippers
[ 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)?
I'm 17, I've been gripping for a bit longer than a year and just starting to do regular lifting seriously.
[ Q ] How did you get into grip training?
My buddy bought an IM #1 and #2, which I messed with some and I got a #3 for Christmas which I closed around 2 months later.
[ Q ] You are now a GripBoard Mash Monster, what would you recommend to those aspiring to close this gripper?
Do high volume with BTR grippers and listen to your hands, if they hurt, don't train.
[ Q ] What does your current grip routine look like?
Pinch, Grippers and Thickbar when my hands feel good.
[ Q ] How has your grip routine changed since you first started training your grip?
More volume, and I've started to do Pinch and Thickbar some.
[ 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?
Not really, I just train when my hands aren't sore any more.
[ Q ] What are your favorite grip exercises?
Thickbar is my favorite.
[ Q ] What kind of starting routine would you recommend for a trainee new to grip training?
Do thickbar and pinch.
[ Q ] Who do you most admire in gripdom?
Joe Kinney and David Horne.
[ Q ] If you were to start over again with your grip training, what would you do differently?
I would do more volume.
[ Q ] What do you believe is the most difficult grip exercise?
Pinch is definitely the most difficult.
[ Q ] What are some of your personal bests in grip exercises?
200 lb Rolling Thunder, 2 finger 35's pinch, got a #4 to a 1/4" and a 2 finger MM1 close.
[ Q ] What do you believe is the most common mistake made by new grip trainees?
Not resting enough.
[ Q ] What do you consider to be the greatest grip feats of all time?
Joe Kinney's #4 close, David Horne's Pinch feats.
[ Q ] Do you have any parting advice for readers?
Train hard and listen to your body. And, visit the Gripboard (www.gripboard.com) for the best information on how all aspects of grip strength.