Here is Mash Monster Number 37 Sean M. Prince.
Name: Sean M. Prince
Weight: 205 lbs
Date Of Feat: April 2nd, 2007
Witness: Shawn Roys
How Long Grip Training: 2004
Current Grip Training Program: Mixed Grippers and Bending
Other Training Info: Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestling Coach
Acknowledgements: Thank you to all of my training partners and the great members of the Gripboard and Diesel Crew.
[ 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 never really lifted weights until after I left the Marine Corps and went to Indiana University for wrestling and had some great strength coaches to show me the way.
[ Q ] How did you get into grip training?
I first saw the #2 and #3 IronMind grippers in my college weight room but did not get into hand strength training specifically until my roommate Ken bought a set of eagle loop pullup straps and a #1 gripper, then it was like everything else, I am hooked, I research, I obsess. The rest is just the road you leave behind.
[ Q ] You are now a GripBoard Mash Monster, what would you recommend to those aspiring to close this gripper?
Train with a goal in mind and have no illusions about it. As with anything worthwhile, it will take discipline, effort, and a willingness to overcome your own weaknesses.
[ Q ] What does your current grip routine look like?
For me the workouts vary. I have done the KTA program, which is excellent and I took from that program what worked best for my body. I usually hit 3-4 Negatives with some serious concentration on 3-4 Over crushes every few days depending on feel. So, like I said, it varies.
[ Q ] How has your grip routine changed since you first started training your grip?
A ton; I first started like I am sure most did, hitting everything that was related to grip like someone trying to learn the fine art of shooting but starting with a shotgun at the hip. I hit it all, everyday, without thought about recovery and process. Now I set goals, do my best to stay true to the goal until completion and read all I can about the specifics.
[ 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?
As previously stated I have tried a lot of different methods. My advice is to do the same, try it all and then fine tune what works best for you. I have yet to see a one size fits all program.
[ Q ] What are your favorite grip exercises?
Bending, probably because it has been an area where I have seen the most success.
[ Q ] What kind of starting routine would you recommend for a trainee new to grip training?
READ, READ, READ!!! Knowledge is power and the more informed you are the fewer trial and error periods you are likely to encounter. Also be humble in your beginning and be at peace with the idea that the achievements will come in their own time.
[ Q ] Who do you most admire in gripdom?
I have so many that I admire so I hope I do not offend my friends when I just say you know who you. And quite honestly I admire the new guys and gals getting involved. They have a fire and passion that helps me stay focused and excited about grip.
[ Q ] If you were to start over again with your grip training, what would you do differently?
Nothing, I have no regrets about my training. I am pleased with where I am today and I would not be here without those stubbles and mistakes.
[ Q ] What do you believe is the most difficult grip exercise?
V-Bar or Pinch, because as many know I am trying so hard to not be a one trick pony and those events give me the hardest time.
[ Q ] What are some of your personal bests in grip exercises?
My bend of the Magnificent Bastard Bar at the last Backyard Bastard Bash.
[ Q ] What do you believe is the most common mistake made by new grip trainees?
Not enough rest. If you want to know about rest, may I suggest getting a box of ice cream sandwiches and calling up Morton and asking how much rest is really needed between workouts.
[ Q ] What do you consider to be the greatest grip feats of all time?
Too hard to say there is a greatest, so I will take the easy way out and say they are all great.
[ Q ] Do you have any parting advice for readers?
Make your goals lofty enough to inspire hard work and effort but attainable enough to be realized in a visible timeline. (paraphrased from the book Mind Gym). And, don't forget to check out the #1 place for grip on the web: The gripboard (www.gripboard.com).