Here Is Mash Monster Number 41, Teemu Pohjola.
Name: Teemu Pohjola
Date of Feat: 08-25-07
How Long Grip Training: 2.5 years
Current Grip Training Program: Grippers and pinch three times a week.
Other Training Info: I play badminton and tennis which gives a good variety to my training.
Acknowledgements: Thanks to all the great people at Rautakoura (Finnish grip strength association) and special thanks to Kimmo Kokko. Thanks also to my training partner Tony Hartonen for introducing me to the training with grippers.
[ 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 don't have any lifting background.
[ Q ] How did you get into grip training?
My friend Tony Hartonen introduced me to grippers. During the Rautakoura competitions I became interested in other grip exercises.
[ Q ] You are now a GripBoard (www.gripboard.com) Mash Monster, what would you recommend to those aspiring to close this gripper?
Train hard and wise.
[ 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?
I certified #3 on the 5th of May this year, so it took little over 2 years.
[ Q ] What does your current grip routine look like?
I train three times a week. Everytime I do about 10 singles with grippers per hand and after that some pinch lifting (blocks, hubs).
[ Q ] How has your grip routine changed since you first started training your grip?
First I did almost only reps but now I do only singles.
[ 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 have noticed that it is best for me to keep 1-2 days break between training.
[ Q ] What are your favorite grip exercises?
Grippers and pinch.
[ Q ] What kind of starting routine would you recommend for a trainee new to grip training?
Start with patience so that your hands slowly get use to harder grip training.
[ Q ] Who do you most admire in gripdom?
There are many excellent guys in gripdom but I admire the most Finnish Veijo Riikonen, who for example has done one finger farmer hold with 42kg (92, 4lbs), 6min, 27s.
[ Q ] If you were to start over again with your grip training, what would you do differently?
Start with more patience and train smarter.
[ Q ] What do you believe is the most difficult grip exercise?
[ Q ] What are some of your personal bests in grip exercises?
[ Q ] What do you believe is the most common mistake made by new grip trainees?
Train too hard at first.
[ Q ] What do you consider to be the greatest grip feats of all time?
Joe Kinney's #4 close.
[ Q ] Do you have any parting advice for readers?