Why would somebody want to do that? What’s the matter with you? Those were two early responses I received when I started telling people I wanted to get strong enough to tear a deck of cards in half. First it was the kettlebells, then it was the grippers, then it was the pinch block, and so on. “Quit spending your money on this dumb stuff. It doesn’t matter.”
Why it matters to me
I’ve spent more money on my strength pursuits than will make sense to most people. Kettlebells aren’t cheap, that’s for sure. Moreover, time is precious, and I choose to use a lot of my free time getting stronger. But: after I’ve met the day’s obligations, put food on the table, et cetera…who’s to say I shouldn’t spend my evenings ripping things apart? Tearing cards isn’t a cheap habit either, but it sure is a fun one.
It is a fun workout that will make you feel like a superhero
That’s the main reason I tear cards: it’s a fun feat of strength that not many people can do. It’s also a great workout and makes you feel like a superhero: maybe a B-list superhero whose power is to tear decks of cards in half. But then again, what would The Joker have been if someone had torn all of his little cards in half before he could use them?
You probably already know if you have any interest in tearing cards or not. Maybe you’re smarter than me and you can teach yourself to do it. I wasn’t able to make it far on my own. I tried for a couple of months, but didn’t make much progress. I could tear 15-20 cards at a time, but that knocked me down to a D-list superhero, if not an outright sidekick.
Card tearing requires:
- extreme hand and forearm strength
- knowledge of the techniques and which technique will be best for you
I learned from Jedd Johnson
Jedd “Napalm” Johnson of the Diesel Crew is an American grip champion (yes, there is such a thing as a grip championship). His Card Tearing E-book was what took me from tearing 15 cards with great effort to tearing complete decks without too much trouble.
Here is what you will learn from Jedd’s e-book
- How to develop the necessary strength in your pinch grip and wrists
- The different techniques you can use to tear cards
- How to take care of your hands
- How to make a deck harder to tear so you can keep increasing you strength, or easier so you can practice without getting discouraged.
There’s a lot more in there too. It sounds pretty simple, but Jedd takes over 130 page to demonstrate the variety of exercises (40 pages worth) and techniques used in tearing cards. I needed the exercise examples because tearing cards in an unusual activity–and so it requires some unusual, specific techniques to work up to it. I was guessing at what I should be doing. Sometimes I was close, but usually I was just wrong.
Steady progress, constant results
That’s the whole story. Once I read the book, I was able to diagnose my weak links, pick the exercises best suited to my weaknesses, and get after it. Two weeks after buying Jedd’s e-book I tore my first full deck. I was stronger than I thought, but my technique had been heinous.
If you have a serious interest in being able to tear cards, this is the best place to start, unless you live with Jedd or Dennis Rogers. It’s a foolproof map to steady progress. But be warned: once you get bitten by the feats of strength bug, it’s hard to turn it off.
Jedd is a cool guy who has always been patient in answering my many questions. You can check his book out by clicking on the link below. If you pick it up I’d love to hear about your progress in the comments section.
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