Name: Thomas Becker
Weight: 210 lbs
Date of Feat: 12-02-2007
Witness: Erik Franz
How Long Grip Training: 4 years
Current Grip Training Program: Gripper, pinch, fatbar
Other Training Info: Basic strength training
Acknowledgements: Special thanks to my buddy Erik who always motivates me.
[ 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 started weightlifting when I was 18. I mainly concentrated on the basic lifts like
bench press and
[ Q ] How did you get into grip training?
A friend of mine had a broken wrist, and his doctor recommended some forearm training, so he bought a Handgripper. One day, he visited me and showed me the gripper and I was able to close it for 13 reps. He also told me that there are grip competitions and I was directly interested in it so I started training for it.
[ Q ] You are now a GripBoard Mash Monster, what would you recommend to those aspiring to close this gripper?
Train twice a week with handgripper: 1st day negatives and no set training, 2nd day repetitions on an easier gripper.
[ 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'm not a certified COC although I closed a #3 Gripper several times in front of a witness. After my certification attempt I was informed that again a rule change took place and therefore the certification was not accepted. It took me 2 years till I was able to close the #3.
[ Q ] What does your current grip routine look like?
I train the basic grip exercises: Gripper set and no set, Pinch, Vertical Bar, Appolons Axle,
Wrist Curls and Bending.
[ Q ] How has your grip routine changed since you first started training your grip?
At the beginning I only trained with handgripper, now my training is primarily Contest-oriented.
[ 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 effect on your training?
At the beginning I did 5 training sessions a week but that was way too much so I changed it to 3 times a week. This seems to be the best
training frequency for me.
[ Q ] What are your favorite grip exercises?
Wrist curls, plate-curls and fatbar exercises.
[ Q ] What kind of starting routine would you recommend for a trainee new to grip training?
Start with some easy gripper training; pinch and fat bar. And don't neglect the fundamental training like
[ Q ] Who do you most admire in gripdom?
Gazza (Garry Hunt) and David Horne.
[ Q ] If you were to start over again with your grip training, what would you do differently?
I would organize my training better and focus more on special hand strength feats.
[ Q ] What do you believe is the most difficult grip exercise?
Bending a King of all Bastards and above.
[ Q ] What are some of your personal bests in grip exercises?
- Bend a huge bastard
- Closed an Elite gripper
- Lifted 90 Kg on the RT (~198.50 lbs.)
- Did an 157.5 Kg Appolons Axle lift. (~347.25 lbs.)
[ 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?
Gazza's fantastic shiny bastard bend!
[ Q ] Do you have any parting advice for readers?
No Pain, no Gain! And be sure to visit the #1 place for grip on the web: The GripBoard (