The Afghan and ISAF Friendship Powerlifting Exhibition. Photo via ISAF Media
Hi, my name is Jedd Johnson, and I bend steel with my hands
Why on Earth would you want to start bending nails? Jedd explains.
What I want to do today is let everyone know that it does take some time to adapt to the card tearing learning curve, but you can make that learning curve much shorter by employing a few easy technical tweaks. By making these few technique improvements, tearing a deck of cards can be "within your grasp
There are many benefits to bending steel.
Jedd discusses several extremely creative sledgehammer exercises. Excellent.
The importance of wrist strength, and a great way to get it - with a sledgehammer.
Hub-Style Pinch Gripper.
Jedd takes a great look at hub lifting for training the pinch grip, including instructions for building your own hub. Excellent.
Jedd takes a detailed look at a great area of grip training - the Hub Lift. Good fun.
Time to get creative.
20-lb Shot Put
This is a particularly innovative style of dynamic grip training - Shot Tossing. Enjoy.
A Choked Gripper
Heavy hand grippers are great for building crush strength. This article will show you how to use hose clamps to choke the gripper, enabling you to work on your crush from a variety of depths.
Looking to add a kettlebell to your grip-training arsenal? Here's how.
How does Pinch Grip training carry over to athletic performance? Jedd Johnson explores.
Dynamic thumb training with the Titan's Telegraph Key.
Thumb training is very important for a well rounded grip, and can be broken up into at least four different types: Dynamic, Static, and Extensor, and Multi-Planar. This article explores the training of each of these aspects using IronMind's Titan's Telegraph Key.
Ready for a challenge?
A Blob is simply the head cut from a 100 pound cast iron dumbbell. Though as Jedd shows, it's a whole lot more than that. Superb.
The Dark Ages of Wrapping.
When you bend nails with sheer power, you need to know how to wrap them correctly to reduce the chance of injury, and to get the most out of each bend. This article series will give you the information you need!
Crushing down a nail at a Grip Contest
If you are looking for something to spice up your training routine, nail bending might just be the thing for you. Let's take a look at several of the benefits nail bending can bring you.
Has your workout been stale lately? Does it seem like forever since you set a new PR (personal record)? Have you turned your training regimen inside and out to get it jump-started and still can't get the results you...
In The Grip Master's Manual, a book I think anyone interested in grip strength should read, John Brookfield mentions that one of the secrets to closing heavy grippers, especially the IronMind Captains of Crush grippers, is strength in the last two fingers, or the ring and pinky fingers.
The Grip Master's Manual.
He says that strength in these two fingers is what finishes off the close when making a big attempt. I fully agree.
The emails are pouring in. It seems everyone is getting excited about building their grip strength these days - and why not? It's fun and it makes sense. The stronger your hands get, the stronger the rest of your lifts will get.
Get an incredible grip without spending a fortune.
There is some outstanding equipment out there to help you build your hand strength to inhuman levels. However, sometimes price tags can intimidate athletes who are just discovering the importance of specialized Grip training.
Softball with Tape.
Fight it or Ride it down.
In the last part of this series, we looked at the pull path of the various implements we can use to mimic the Inch Dumbbell and ways to modify those pull paths for the most benefit towards increasing our thick bar strength.
Adjusting the distance.
In the last article on Lifting the Inch Dumbbell, I looked at varying the percentage of 1-rep maximum, and the speed of the repetitions we executed.
Inch replica starting position.
This variety will keep your grip workouts interesting, and keep the increases in strength coming.
Now that we have an understanding of some of the quality implements out there that we can use to train to lift the Inch Replica Dumbbell, we need to think about how we can use them to make sure we get the most out of them in our time training with them. The following tactics can be used for a thick loadable dumbbell or a Rolling Thunder Revolving Deadlift Handle.
Preparing to lift this strange beast.
In part one of this series, I introduced you to the Inch Replica Dumbbell, a 172-pound cast iron dumbbell with a 2.38-inch diameter handle that literally tries to rip your fingers out of their sockets when you try to pick it up.
These Inch Dumbbells are lurking around the countryside, so you must begin preparing now so that when you are confronted with the challenge of lifting the Inch, you will be ready. Here are some of the ways I have prepared to lift the Inch in the past.
An introduction to this wonderful piece of equipment.
The Inch Dumbbell is named after the inventor of the implement, an old-time performing strongman named Thomas Inch, from Scarborough England.
Inch Replica Dumbbell.
He would travel about the country challenging bystanders to lift the globe dumbbell, offering prize money to anyone who could do so.
Where Do My Grippers Lie?
Have you wondered: What is the hardest gripper? Where do my grippers lie? What grippers can I get to bridge the gap between what I am closing now and my goal gripper?
Captains of Crush.
When it comes to grip training, Jedd Johnson
's a goldmine of information. Over on the Diesel Crew
site they've just wrapped up his excellent Straight to the Grip Contest
series into a single PDF document [392kb, .pdf
We have covered the gamut of established set techniques for grippers that are currently used in certification systems and in grip contests. Now we need to talk about how to prepare for these certs and contests.
Up until now, we have covered the gripper setting techniques that are most widely known in Grip Sports
. While these sets, allow for the athlete to pre-position the gripper before making the attempt to close the handles together, there are some other techniques that are practiced in which a pre-closing of the gripper is not permitted. These methods are called "no-sets
In case you haven't seen my previous instalments in this series, let's recap.
New IronMind Set.
The one-inch-set rule eventually became a problem for both the Gripboard and IronMind itself. Like we covered last time, not everyone's definition of one-inch matched. With that, the Gripboard decided to change the legal set depth to parallel, leading to the current definition of the Mash Monster set. However, the inconsistency in setting the gripper for IronMind's certification also is what spawned what is referred to as the Credit Card set.
I certified as an IronMind Captain of Crush on the #3 Gripper at the end of 2003.
In 2004, the IronMind certification was still the only one that existed. In order to get your name 'up in lights,' you had to do so through the IronMind certification. Click to go to IronMind's Captains of Crush Certification
page. To this day, IronMind remains the gold standard in Grip Strength equipment.
Thank you all for your interest in this series.
Old IronMind Set.
Again, the idea behind this series is to give you information that will help you get ready for the next Grip Strength Contest in your area. Since Grippers are usually the first event in a Grip Contest, I am starting off with information on Grippers with this segment.
Right now, Grip is still in the infancy of the sport, but I think with more information it will some day blow up, just as Strongman has done over the last few years
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