Monday, September 20, 2010

Grip Work.

Grip Work


Here is some great information on grip work as told by the

Blond Bomber, Dave Draper. and remember, our quarterly newsletter
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DVD to use in your training. Now on to the grip information.

Warren Tetting
I met Warren at his shop yesterday and it was certainly an
experience. He loves to talk training and the "good-ole-days." He's
really not impressed with current state of sports, especially the
strength sports. So, I got an education about the Golden Era. He
speaks so passionately about these times, it's understandable why
he would be nostalgic.

We spent quite a bit of time talking grippers. I brought my CoC1,
CoC2, and Heavy Gripper HG 300 just for kicks. He took a quick look
at the HG 300 and was appalled by the construction. The spring is
huge, .295, same as a BBE! However, the handles are mounted at
least 1/4" from the spring, making it much easier. My HG 300 is
barely harder than a Co C 2, and definitely easier than a BBSM. If
the handles were mounted properly, it would be harder than a 3!

He was also surprised to see my Co C 1. He had not seen the
polished GR 8 springs. Also, the spring is .245 which is heavier
than before. Co C 1 used to be a .235 spring. So, Ironmind has
quietly made the Co C 1 harder, probably to make room for the T, G,
and S. We talked about Ironmind and Strossen for a while, but I was
confused by the history and didn't really follow.

Big Grippers
"Warren, why the hell do you make these?" That was my question upon
picking up some Super-Nova-Galaxy-Evil-Gripper thing. It was
whichever gripper is the hardest one he makes. The spring looked
like brains. My best effort on the gripper, with both hands,
yielded no movement. "Did you say you have a BBA around here
somewhere?" Apparently, some benders buy the huge grippers to
practice the two-handed crush at the end of a bend. They can have

(If you're not familiar, Warren's hardest gripper is about 3 times
as hard as an Ironmind Co C 4. Three times as hard...)

Warren grabbed my hand and says, "Lemme see here." He had me touch
the middle of my palm with my thumb so he could poke my thumb pad.
"Is that as hard as you can make it?" Sorry, Warren, that's it! So,
my thumb pad has a long way to come. He also said my hand needs to
get thicker in the palm overall. He recommended telegraph key.

Telegraph Key
I ended up buying one of these from Warren. He reiterated, "There
is no substitute for building the thumb pad." Sounds like a deal.
We went through how to use the thing, and it's pretty
straight-forward. With the machine about waist height, hook the
fingers under the bottom key and the thumb on the top key. Close
your hand. It's not the presidential-hand-gesture-grip like I
thought. Your fingers should be a supinated hook grip. I noticed
while using the machine that my thumb would bend at the bottom of
the rep. Warren said that's fine, just make sure your thumb is
doing the work.

Other training
Warren recommended squats squats and squats. Specifically 20 rep
squats, twice a week if possible. Also, forearm work like wrist
curls and hammer curls. Never on grip days, though. Telegraph Key
twice a week. Get rid of bench press and do reverse dips instead.

Warren does not have a website, but you can reach him by phone or
snail mail at: Warren Tetting, C/O Thor Strength, 1063 W. 7th St.,
St. Paul, MN 55102. Phone: (651)-222-1889.

This is "dogleg" of the gripper.

Note: This photo is missing from the server

To clarify the picture, its the front and back of the same gripper.
The straight leg is the dogleg.

This is a confusing part of gripper anatomy that beginners have a
hard time identifying. The "dogleg" is the straight leg of the
gripper in the picture. It's a byproduct of how the spring is
wound. There is a consensus that the dogleg should be in your palm
when closing the gripper in your right hand. The straight leg is
the better leg for bracing the gripper, in other words.

For the left hand, opinions differ. Some say the dogleg should
still be in your palm for maximum bracing. However, if you look
closely, this reverses the direction the spring is wound. Because
of this, some say the dogleg should be in your fingers on the left
hand in order to create a similar experience as the right. Either
way, I personally haven't noticed much of a difference. ~Matt

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