Here Is Mash Monster Number 40, Peter Kerr.
Name: Peter Kerr
Height: 5ft. 10 in.
Weight: 182 lbs
Date of Feat: 24/07/07
Witness: Victoria Kerr
How Long Grip Training: 18 months
Current Grip Training Program:
During training periods I will do 1 or 2 workouts per week on grippers, during these sessions I will focus on a gripper that I can't quite close. I do some Vbar once a week during training periods and do some pinch work every now and again. Every couple of months I will do no training at all, letting my hands recover for a couple of weeks before resuming training.
Other Training Info:
I'm currently getting back into indoor climbing so will go climbing once a week, this is a good practical use for my grip.
Acknowledgements: I'd like to thank my family for their support in my training and all the members on the Gripboard (www.gripboard.com) for their advice and encouragement.
[ 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)?
Never done much lifting, recently have started doing some DO deadlifts.
[ Q ] How did you get into grip training?
At university I was a keen climber, and wanted to improve my grip to help with that, a friend of mine introduced me to the captains of crush grippers and I went from there.
[ Q ] You are now a GripBoard Mash Monster (www.gripboard.com), what would you recommend to those aspiring to close this gripper?
Be sure to allow your hands recovery time, make sure you have lots of short term goals, be patient and you will reach your goals.
[ 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?
I haven't certified yet, but plan to do so later in the year. The first gripper I got was the #1 which I could just about close as soon as it arrived, it took me 3 months of training before I shut the #2 then a further 9 months before I finally shut the #3.
[ Q ] What does your current grip routine look like?
I do 2 short sessions per week purely using grippers, where I will warm up with an easy gripper then focus on a gripper that I can't quite close, either doing forced negatives or singles at my maximum. I'll do a session of Vbar and plate pinching once a week as well. Every couple of months I'll rest for 2-3 weeks then begin training again, each time I have a rest period I come back stronger.
[ Q ] How has your grip routine changed since you first started training your grip?
When I first started I did a lot more high volume with grippers, which I recommend to beginners. As I developed some good strength I started doing heavy negatives and begun to balance this with extensor work to avoid injury.
[ 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 think frequency in workouts is purely down to the individual and what they feel comfortable doing. At first I probably did 3 or 4 sessions a week as I was very keen this was too much really. Having reduced the number of my workouts and giving myself more rest time, I'm finding that I am gaining strength more consistently.
[ Q ] What are your favorite grip exercises?
At the recent British grip championships, I found my favorite events were 2 Hand-Pinch, V-bar and grippers; it is these exercises that have been the focus of my training.
[ Q ] What kind of starting routine would you recommend for a trainee new to grip training?
Lots of warming-up, I've seen best results with guys that have done high volume at the start, avoid negatives at first until some grounding in grip has been established.
[ 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?
Fewer workouts, sometimes you feel like you've hit a wall and you're not gaining any strength, that's just your body telling you that you need to rest and recover, I definitely over did at first and was lucky to avoid injury.
[ Q ] What do you believe is the most difficult grip exercise?
Table top wrist curls are most difficult for me, as I lost a lot of flexibility in my left after breaking it in 3 places in a mountain biking accident.
[ Q ] What are some of your personal bests in grip exercises?
I've lifted 306 lbs on the 1" Vbar. Lifted a 47.5lb blob. 77.5kg on the 2 Hand pinch.
[ 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?
Shutting the No. 4.
[ Q ] Do you have any parting advice for readers?
Be sure to have short, medium and long term goals and plenty of them, each time you hit a new PR allow that to motivate you and keep you focused.