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The Mash Monster: An Interview With Mash Monster Kevin Bussi.

Find all about who the newest Gripboard Mash Monster, Kevin Bussi, is and view video of his incredible feats of grip strength!

Mash Monster Number 20: Kevin Bussi!

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

Kevin Bussi 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 at 17 to beat my grandfather in arm wrestling (he bet me $500 he would win). I currently do deadlifts, curls, overhead press and one handed clean and jerk.

[ Q ] How did you get into grip training?

    It all started one day at work in the summer of 2003, when over lunch at a Chinese Restaurant, my 62 year old grandfather challenged me to an arm wrestling match. To my dismay the outcome of the match was a deadlock. I thought to myself how could this old man put up such a fight? The next words from my mouth were $500 says the next time I win, my grandfather agreed, but no date for the rematch was set.

    Over the next several months I started to train. Just the usual curls, benching, push ups and stuff. Mind you nothing too serious. Until one day on ebay I decided to look for a book on armwrestling.

    I found a book called The Ultimate Guide to Arm Wrestling. One of their topics was the importance of hand strength, they listed many different techniques. One of them was grippers, they said to forget the sporting goods store grippers and recommended Ironmind. So I ordered a trainer and a #1. Upon receipt of my new grippers I found the trainer to be too easy and the one got repped several times. So I went ahead and ordered the rest of the set.

    I was able to grind the #2 the first time out of the package, from here on out I was hooked. I was closing a #3 with a set within three months and a no set #3 a month after that. With my newly found info I decided to set a rematch date with my grandfather, he suggested election night since it would be the first time voting for me. The rematch went down just as I had figured; I smoked him with the help of Ironmind.

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

    Train hard, don't give up, be patient.
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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 me 3 months to close the #3 with a set, then I closed the #3 with no set a month later, then I certified 2 months later.

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

    I train gripping on average 4 times a week. I use a variety of methods such as, hex block weights, negatives, bending 6"long ¼ inch square stock, bending grade 8's, hot wax therapy, 3" dexterity balls, inch dumbbell training.

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

    With the advice of my fellow gripboard members I came to the conclusion that less volume is best.

[ 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?

    When I started I gripped all day every day, I have since learned less volume and off days for rest is best.

[ Q ] What are your favorite grip exercises?

    Grippers, bending, ring deadlifts, thick bar, block weights.

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

    Start with high volume for a month to get your hands use to gripping.

[ Q ] Who do you most admire in gripdom?

    Dave Morton, Greg Amidon, John Brookfeild, Bill Piche :( for the Gripboard), Big Steve, Warren Tetting (for making the MM grippers and giving me great advice) and Hermann Goerner (cause he was the man).

[ 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?

    Pinching with my right hand

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

    No set the #3, repping the #3 for 20, closing the elite, lifted the blob and bending a grade 8.

[ 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?

    Dave Morton's triple card deck tear, Greg Amidon's 4.5 red bend, Dave and Greg's 100 red bend, Mark Henry's inch clean and jerk, Rob Vigeant face lifting the blob, anyone closing the #4 and John Brookfield's red bend at waist level.

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

    Learn your limits then learn to raise them.

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