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The Mash Monster: An Interview With Mash Monster Josh Dale

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

Mash Monster Number 19: Josh Dale!

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In a previous article, I introduced you to the the eighteenth GripBoard Mash Monster Elite, Jason Allen. This time I would like to introduce to you the nineteenth certified GripBoard Mash Monster, Josh Dale.

Josh Dale Profile

[ Q ] Could you tell us a little about your background in lifting?

    I started lifting the summer after my 8th grade year. I wanted to be the strongest kid in my class so I started lifting with my Dad. Currently I work out 3 x week.

    I train chest and back in workout one, legs and shoulders in workout two, and biceps and triceps in workout three. I train calves and abs every workout and I do my wrist curls on chest and back day.

[ Q ] How did you get into grip training?

    I wanted an edge in arm wrestling and I started having so much fun with the grippers I made grip my focus.

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

    It's not any different than any other gripper, just build your strength base with plenty of negatives and as you approach the cert, work your technique on the closes with a lighter gripper.

View The Video Of Josh Closing The MMG

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[ 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 a little over a year but I didn't really know what I was doing. I could have greatly decreased this time if I'd found the gripboard sooner.

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

    Choker work with #4. I explode on the #4 that is choked down to parallel. The goal is to get as much pop as I can. Then I pull it shut with the free hand and perform the negative.

    I do 5-7 sets of these and then I start doing goal attempts starting with the MM3dud and working my way down to my #3. For my left hand I use mostly the ISG and the #2.

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

    I wouldn't even know where to begin but the biggest changes are I now train pinch and I don't try and do "X" number of reps on a lighter gripper before I try to close the next one up.

[ 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 like to train crush once or twice a week and it's usually once. I tried the high frequency crush work and it's just not for me. My wide pinch is strongest when I train it almost everyday. I train my wrists once a week with heavy wrist curls and play with my sledge pretty much anytime I walk by it.

[ Q ] What are your favorite grip exercises?

    The grippers of course! I also love plate wrist curls, and playing with the Blob50.

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

    For those interested in overall hand strength get a copy of Mastery of Handstrength and pick out some beginner routines. For those interested in specific feats, get all the advice you can from those that have accomplished your desired feat and figure out a way to microload your way to your goal.

[ Q ] Who do you most admire in gripdom?

    The people that have contributed the most to the gripworld. Contributions could be in the form of operating message boards, organizing top-notch contests, breaking down the door on previously "impossible" feats, inventing new feats, and most of all those that are always willing to answer a question for someone.

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

    I'd join the gripboard ASAP instead of wasting almost a year trying to figure it out on my own. I also wouldn't try to do "X" number of reps with my #2 before trying a #3. I'd also do sledge rotations from the beginning.

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

    It depends on the individual and what they're genetically suited for. Personally, I find thickbar very difficult but someone with 9.5" hands will probably do very well in it. Bending is very tough as well, it seems to produce the most injuries.

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

    MM3DUD, Blob50 clean, 35 lb plate wrist curl for 2 reps RH.

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

    In general, too much volume, too fast. As far as the newbie chasing a specific feat, it would be the lack of attention to detail on the technique required for the feat.

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

    Kinney's #4 close, pretty much anything Brad Johnson does, Dennis Rogers tearing a chunk out of the side of a deck of cards, David Horne lifting a Dinnie stone with 2 fingers and his 385 lb x 5 wrist curl, Brookfield's tennis ball tear and more.

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

    Join the gripboard if you're serious about having some of the strongest hands in the world. It's the equivalent of being able to email Michael Jordan for help on your jumper.

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