[ 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)
Well I am 30 years old, I have never really lifted for gains, just a lot of manual labor gains. As I started getting close to thirty I wanted to make some gains in hand strength mainly because I own a pottery studio and hand strength is a big thing.
My interest in grip training morphed into a hobby in Dec of 2004 when I learned of grippers.
[ Q ] How did you get into grip training?
My #2 was a gift for Christmas from my Mother-In-Law. It just grew from there.
[ Q ] You are now a Gripboard Mash Monster, what would you recommend to those aspiring to close this gripper?
Keep at it, it may seem like you will never close a goal gripper but stay focused and tell yourself that these handles will touch some day.
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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?
2.5 months was the first time in a deep set. The hardest part was learning, and training for closing it in a CC set. Which took 6 months to learn.
[ Q ] What does your current grip routine look like?
Very random depending how my hands feel. Grippers sets are all big singles and choked singles. Some long holds. I do like to play with my sport to keep loose.
[ Q ] How has your grip routine changed since you first started training your grip?
At first it was everyday, all day, anytime I had a moment to give my #2 a squeeze, I would. At that level I never had pain but now, I do grip based on soreness. What that means is if I am sore then no grip.
[ 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 its affect on your training?
It is all how your body holds up. My workout has changed greatly from time to time to see if anything works better.
[ Q ] What are your favorite grip exercises?
Grinding knurl, bending
[ Q ] What kind of starting routine would you recommend for a trainee new to grip training?
Watch your bodies reaction, go as hard as you can but back off if you notice abnormal pain. If you want big grippers then you must work big grippers. Even if it doesn't seem like your getting anywhere stay focused on your goal.
[ Q ] Who do you most admire in gripdom?
Anson Castelvecchi and
Jonathon Creason for showing me new things and teaching me the right way. Big
Dave Morton and Tommy Heslep for their great help with grippers.
[ 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?
Self control and not over doing it.
[ Q ] What are some of your personal bests in grip exercises?
I closed a RB330N, lifted a 110 lbs. anvil by the horn, 45 plate by the hub, got my blob 50 once almost to my knee, 110 lbs. of plates on the 3 crusher.
[ Q ] What do you believe is the most common mistake made by new grip trainees?
Giving up on their goals and settling for comfort .
[ Q ] What do you consider to be the greatest grip feats of all time?
Bending that red nail and a #4 close. These just happen to be my goals.
[ Q ] Do you have any parting advice for readers?
Don't eat yellow snow and make sure you visit the Gripboard at
www.gripboard.com. It's one of the best forums out there.