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An Interview With Mash Monster Jeff Peterson!

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Mash Monster Number 10: Jeff Peterson!

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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 ninth certified GripBoard Mash Monster, Jeff Peterson.

Jeff Peterson 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 started lifting after the eighth grade football season. I always wanted to be as strong as possible. Now I do the big lifts, squats, Bench, deadlift, push press, dips.

[ Q ] How did you get into grip training?

    I tried someone's IM grippers and was instantly hooked.

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

    Keep picking up your hard grippers and squeezing on them. Don't quit.

[ 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 exactly one year.

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

    I use thick bars for my lifting . I pinch plates to carry them where I need them in the gym, I always add grip to an exercise where I can.

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

    It's always changing. I never let myself do one type of thing too long. In the beginning I trained grippers every other day just repping on them.

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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?

    Train when it feels good. I've gone 11 days straight of hardcore grip work. Every day I reached a new PR. Then one day it didn't feel right so I stopped. Generally 2-3 times a week. But again if you know you're capable of good things on a day go for it.

[ Q ] What are your favorite grip exercises?

    Plate pinching, bending, grippers and thick bars

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

    Try to work a couple of aspects of grip 3 times a week.

[ 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?

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

    Plate curling, it's very difficult.

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

    Breaking the blob, the inch and 2 45's off the ground.

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

    Quitting when the initial gains taper off.

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

    Joe Kinneys #4 close and Hermann G's 1-hand deadlift record.

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

    Set goals for yourself that are tough but fair, then once you reach those set new ones.

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