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Mash Monster Number 27: Brian Mottola.

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

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Name: Brian "World's Strongest Chef" Mottola
Location: U.S.A.
Age: 30
Height: 6'
Weight: 245 lbs.
Date of Feat: 10-10-05

[ 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)?

[ Q ] How did you get into grip training?

    Pat "The Human Vise" Povilaitis introduced me to the wonderful world of grip.

    Who Is Pat Povilaitis?
    Pat Povilaitis is well known in grip strength circles and has the honor of being one of the few men who is has Certified as both an IronMind Captains of Crush #3 closer as well as a Red Nail bender. Pat began his performing strongman career by perfoming at the Association of Old Time Barbell and Strongman Annual Dinner and Reunion and hasn't looked back since. His specialty is short-steel bending.

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

    What works for me is 2 sets of 5 reps, 5 days a week using a progressively harder gripper each day; make sure you pay attention to recovery.

[ 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?

    8 months, then another 4 months for the credit card set.

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

    I do about 6 bends, and 2 sets of 5 on the grippers 5 days a week. Take a shot at the inch DB whenever I'm at Pat's house.

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

    More frequency, less volume. My restaurant, "Pop's Barbeque" in Madison, NJ takes most of my time so I've learned to be efficient in my training.

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Brian Mottola, Mash Monster.

[ 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, and I've found that I do better with more frequency and less overall volume. You've also gotta know when to back off and take a week off to recover.

[ Q ] What are your favorite grip exercises?

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

    Focus on progression and improvement, don't get caught up in numbers.

[ Q ] Who do you most admire in gripdom?

    Pat Povilaitis. What he does in his public performances or in videos barely scratches the surface of his capabilities. Nobody trains harder.

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

    I would train my thumbs more.

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

    Personally, wide pinch, blob, and the inch DB are the hardest for me to make gains.

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

  • Bent the Ironmind Red Nail.
  • Bent FBBC 5/16 x 7" (Certified Bastard!).
  • COC#3.
  • MM1.
  • Closed half a dozen different Elite grippers.
  • Lifted the York 50lb Blob.
  • Lifted the original Thomas Inch DB to knee.
  • Lifted the Inch Replica 6-8 inches from ground with either hand.

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Closing The MMG.

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

    Cheating, in the quest to appear stronger than you actually are. You are only cheating yourself.

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

    Double Inch or Double Blob farmer's walk. Joe Kinney's #4 close.

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

    Train hard, always focusing on strength as the goal. It's not about walking around with your shirt off posing in mirrors.

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