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The Mash Monster: An Interview With Mash Monster Shane Larson!

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

Mash Monster Number 17: Shane Larson!

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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 seventeenth certified GripBoard Mash Monster, Shane Larson.

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[ Q ] How did you get into grip training?

    Jeff Maddy a COC lifted at my local gym years ago and had a COC 3. He offered it to my brother and I to try to close and he was shocked to find that we nearly closed it the first try. He also told me about Ironmind and where to find their products.

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

    To not get discouraged and to have fun with grip training.

[ 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 actually got into grip training after I was able to close the 3. I got into grip training because I was already good at it and wanted to see how far I could go.

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

    Not much of a set schedule. I train grippers about once a week or whenever I am no longer sore. I like to train on the rolling thunder and 2.5" FBBC db.

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

    I am doing a lot more bending as it was a horrible event for me in the Strong Arm Tactics grip contest.

View The Video Of Shane 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?

    Yes, I have found that for me, if I train more than twice a week on any type of grip specialty I am not fully recovered.

[ Q ] What are your favorite grip exercises?

    Thick db lifting. Am trying to get the MDB up.

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

    Whatever is best for them. I would say if that person is interested in competition that he/she should start out with all types of 'grip' (pinch, support, crush, bending) so as to not develop a glaring weakness.

[ Q ] Who do you most admire in gripdom?

    Any 4 closer, mdb lifter. I have tried both and am impressed with anyone that can do those feats.

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

    Bend right away. Not to suck up but I wish I had found this board earlier in my grip career since reading posts on this board I have learned so much.

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

    Thick bar lifts.

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

    Double blob lift RH 45 blob/ lh 50 lb blob.

    Double inch db dead.

    Axle dead #455

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

    Concentrating on grippers too much.

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

    Kinney's 4 close. Have not seen the video but word of mouth is that it was a perfect close.

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

    Don't be afraid to ask questions, before coming on the GripBoard I had no idea what a 'set' was!

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