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Mash Monster Number 23: Jonathan Creason.

Find all about who the newest Gripboard Mash Monster, Jonathan Creason, see pics and video of his incredible feats of grip strength!

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Jonathan Creason

[ 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 when I was 12 with a cement filled DB set, mainly for sports. Now my focus is primarily on strength with various presses, pulls, and squats and enough odd objects thrown in to keep things interesting.

Jonathan Creason: Mash Monster.
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[ Q ] How did you get into grip training?

    By reading about the old time performing strongmen on the Internet, and finding the Gripboard.

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

    Work hard.

[ 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?

    About 3 years.

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

    Lots of thickbars, blockweights, and wrist work. A few gripper closes every now and then.

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

    Less obsession with grippers, and more focus on total lower arm strength.

[ 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 used high frequency work to close the gap on the #3, but I find my results with my current routine to be as good or better.

[ Q ] What are your favorite grip exercises?

    Pinching of any sort, and thickbar.

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

    Something like David Horne's beginner's workout in the FAQ forum.

[ Q ] Who do you most admire in gripdom?

    Anybody I've met through this, and anybody out there busting their tails to get better.

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

    Focus more on total hand strength.

    Focus On Total Hand Strength.
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[ Q ] What do you believe is the most difficult grip exercise?

    Bending is very physically demanding. Plate curling a 45 is probably as tough as it gets.

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

    IM Red bend, pinched a pair of 45's, levered a 12 lb. sledge.

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

    Jumping into demanding stuff like bending or negatives before the foundation has been laid.

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

    Mark Henry's domination of the Inch Replica is up there. Any #4 is close. Slim Farman's big lever.

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

    Work hard.