Name: Paul S. Knight
Weight: 215 lbs
Date Of Feat: June 6th, 2008
Witness: Eric Milfeld
How Long Grip Training: I trained for about 4 years to get certified on the #3 in 2003 (#100). I put grippers down until about 7 months ago (December 2007).
Current Grip Training Program: Grippers every other 3 days - 2 warm up sets, then 3 max effort attempts, then whatever else I can squeeze out.
Other Training Info: I'm training everything grip related.
Other Info: Now that I've discovered the Gripboard and the Mash Monster pyramid, I don't think I'll be putting grippers down for so long again.
Acknowledgements: Want to thank Eric Milfeld and Casey Emery for all their motivation - wouldn't be doing anything grip right now if it wasn't for them, and thanks to Brooke (my wife) for putting up w/my training.
Mash Monster Video
Paul S. Knight Closes The Mash Monster.
Download: WMV (4.4 MB)
[ 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 wrestled in high school my sophomore and junior year and part of my senior year, as far as weight lifting is concerned, that is when I first started training w/weights. I've weight trained off and on ever since, but never seriously stuck with it for an extended period of time.
Weight training was to help me meet my goals in wrestling, not to accomplish any sort of strength goal. However I am visiting the gym on a regular basis at this time - Training partner: Vince Sturgess - who is always one step ahead on weights - great to workout w/a guy like that.
|WHAT'S YOUR GOAL?|
Where am I at on lifts currently? I'll need to guesstimate on my bench as I haven't performed a max effort lift. I would say I could do ~ 315 lbs for one rep maybe two if I'm feeling froggy. I don't do squats as I have knee issues and I'm just beginning to work my deadlifting under Eric Milfeld's instruction.
[ Q ] How did you get into grip training?
I was turned on to
grip training when rock climbing was all I did. I ran into someone who owned an Ironmind #1 and I asked him where in the world he got that because this will help my climbing out a lot! When I logged on to
Ironmind, I discovered they had even tougher grippers and a cert list! Then the madness began.
[ Q ] You are now a GripBoard Mash Monster, what would you recommend to those aspiring to close this gripper?
My advice? This is something I discovered recently myself (Eric opened my eyes). You need to find the right set of grippers! For example, it's way too hard to try and go from a #3 straight to a #4. You need to try to find progression grippers all the way to the top!
[ 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 4 years - I think I was over training and as I mentioned before - it can take a long time if you don't have progression grippers. The #2.5 was not around when I certified on the #3. I went from the having to close my #2 28 times consecutively before I could squeeze one on my #3 (which I found out later was an average #3)
[ Q ] What does your current grip routine look like?
Every other 3 days - a couple of warm up sets, then some max attempts, maybe some TNS reps on a gripper then sort of a lower weighted set to total muscle failure.
| What Does TNS Mean?
TNS stands for Table No Set. In a TNS rep you pick up the gripper from a flat table. with just the gripping hand, wiggle your fingers into position and close. The squeezing hand is the only one allowed to touch the gripper at any point during the close.
This technique helps in video certifications of successful closings.
[ Q ] How has your grip routine changed since you first started training your grip?
Probably two dozen times - and I think changing things up is what ultimately made me stronger.
[ 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 - training every day is retrogressive for me, but some can do that and still have gains. It's going to be incumbent on your body's features. Even my training of every other three days is starting to make me complacent. Eric and I have decided to train once a week to see how that works for a while and it will be good to go back and then switch it up again to something else at least just to keep it interesting because if you don't have interest or drive you won't gain anything.
[ Q ] What are your favorite grip exercises?
I'm getting real interested in Blobs - I'm not that good at them yet, but at this time I would have to say it's most appealing.
| What Are Blobs?
Blobs are typically one head cut from a 100 pound dumbbell used for curling.
The name was created by gripping specialist Richard Sorin.
[ Q ] What kind of starting routine would you recommend for a trainee new to grip training?
Do your homework! Half the battle is analyzing a
good routine and being smart with your resting times and when you train. Be serious about it.
[ Q ] Who do you most admire in gripdom?
That's a loaded question. I wouldn't want to leave anyone out.
[ Q ] If you were to start over again with your grip training, what would you do differently?
I would have never stopped training my grip for so long!
[ Q ] What do you believe is the most difficult grip exercise?
They could all be the most difficult - just depends on your goals - right now for me its pinch grip as I am so far behind in relation to my other training
[ Q ] What are some of your personal bests in grip exercises?
I would say grippers overall is where I have had most of my personal bests.
[ Q ] What do you believe is the most common mistake made by new grip trainees?
Thinking that all there is to closing a gripper is touching the handles.
[ Q ] What do you consider to be the greatest grip feats of all time?
Hasn't happened yet if you ask me.
[ Q ] Do you have any parting advice for readers?
Thanks everyone on the Gripboard (
www.gripboard.com) for all the inspiration!