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The Mash Monster: An Interview With Mash Monster Kurtis Bowler!

Find all about who the newest Gripboard Mash Monster, Kurtis Bowler is and view videos of his incredible feats of grip strength!

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In a previous article, I introduced you to the the first GripBoard Mash Monster Elite, Heath Saxton. This time I would like to introduce to you the second certified GripBoard Mash Monster, Kurtis Bowler.

Kurtis Bowler Profile

[ 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 31 and started serious training in January of 1999. I started training just to get stronger. Right now I use a lot of stuff from

[ Q ] How did you get into grip training?

    I got into grip training after reading an article in Muscle and Fitness of all places. The article included some info on the Captains of Crush grippers. I thought it sounded like something I wanted to try, so I bought the grippers and started working with them.

[ Q ] You are now a certified GripBoard Mash Monster. What would you recommend to those aspiring to close this gripper?

    Don't try to copy what everyone else does. You need to experiment and find out what works best for YOU.

[ 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?

    It took about two months.

[ Q ] What does your current grip routine look like?

    I focus mainly on the grippers, but do other stuff from time to time too. Crossfit uses alot of pull-ups, so I get my grip there as well. For the grippers I only work them once every ten days. I will take whatever gripper I am currently working towards and try to close it 3-6 singles with 3-4minutes rest between sets. After that I take the highest strength gripper I can currently close and do singles with it until I can't do a complete rep. That's it until next time.

[ Q ] How has your grip routine changed since you first started training your grip?

    I tried to do higher volume, but it just didn't work for me. So I went back to my current routine which is how I trained to close the #3. So it hasn't changed a whole lot.

View The Video Of Kurtis Closing The MMG

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[ 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?

    See above.

[ Q ] What are your favorite grip exercises?

    Grippers are my favorite, but I like it all.

[ Q ] What kind of starting routine would you recommend for a trainee new to grip training?

    I think when you are first starting you should do it a bit more often, just for technique. Maybe twice a week for a couple months. After that I really think people need to try different things and see what works for them. The high frequency stuff obviously works for quite a few people, but it killed me.

[ Q ] Who do you most admire in gripdom?

    Richard Sorin is numero uno. I met Richard and Bert a couple years ago and aside from their strength they were also real gentlemen. Next would have to be Dr. Strossen. While I don't know what gripper he can close, I never would have even started without his grippers. Heath and Terminator are also very impressive.

[ Q ] If you were to start over again with your grip training, what would you do differently?

    I would have stuck to my routine that worked for closing the #3.

[ Q ] What do you believe is the most difficult grip exercise?

    Pinching is probably my weakest area. I think I am going to start focusing on that a little more.

View The Video Of Kurtis Closing The MMG For A Second Time

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[ Q ] What are some of your personal bests in grip exercises?

    COC #3, MM Elite, pinching two Hampton 35's, hub lifting a Hampton 45, and that blue nail at Austin Slaters who witnessed my Mash Monster certification.

[ Q ] What do you believe is the most common mistake made by new grip trainees?

    Training too often.

[ Q ] What do you consider to be the greatest grip feats of all time?

    Richard Sorin's Gauntlet! I think that is awesome!

[ Q ] Do you have any parting advice for readers?

    Do what works for you.

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