Another day at World’s Strongest Librarian, another announcement that I am extremely excited about. And yes, it has to do with what it nearly always has to do with: strength. Getting stronger. Making progress as a means to being happier.
Here’s the message. I’ve been waiting for Adam to get around to this for a loooooong time.
Whether you are making progress or not, I believe you have a void in your fitness program; whenever we’re not meeting our maximum potential, there is a cost. Time is never on our side. This gap between where we’re at and where we want to be costs costs us pounds on our lifts and exercises and size on our arms. By arms, I mean the whole thing between your shoulder and your fingertips, not just the biceps/GUNZ. Without this one seemingly trivial thing, nothing is as good as it could be.
Ready? We are talking about grip strength. Wrist strength. Forearm strength. When any of these improve, everything has the chance to improve. I would ask about the last time you trained your thumb, or those other four digits sticking out of your palm, and your wrist, but I know. For most of you, the answer is probably “Huh?”
I understand. I really do, but you’re missing out on some awesome (technical term). Grip strength training has sort of gone the way of the Dodo bird in the fitness world. The information isn’t exactly easy to gather up and study, even though there’s way more information available today than there ever has been before. It’s not the easiest information to find, even now in the age of information. What we’re seeing is a lot of elite trainers who still don’t have a good grasp on grip strength, both in terms of the how and the why.
I’m to learn. I’m going to send you to visit my friend Adam T Glass, who you’re already familiar with if you’ve read this blog for very long.
Adam is a competitive grip athlete and performing strongman. He is…different. He doesn’t just lift weights like the normal people, he bends steel bars with his hands, and when he gets bored with that he rips decks of cards and phone books in half in a second. He twists horseshoes into hearts and lifts hundreds of pounds with one finger. He is also the only world record holder I know personally, in the 2″ vertical bar deadlift with a 353 lbs pull at a body weight of 204lbs. He has closed the Ironmind Captain of Crush #3 (for many reps) and bent the famous Ironmind Red Nail. These are feats that are beyond difficult. But more impressive to me has been the realization that Adam is just as good at teaching this stuff as he is at doing it.
Would you like to have a couple more inches on your arms? I would. I suspect most guys reading this would, whether they admit it or not.
Now then, now then, time to watch a couple of videos. Adam has filmed a few things for free that you can see on this page: www.IndustrialStrengthGrip.com. You’re about to learn some things you’ve never seen and I hope it will get you inspired to get into the strange, fun, and useful world of grip strength.
Please go have a look at let Adam know what you think of the videos. It’s possible to make huge gains in grip strength an extra five minutes in every workout you do. I think it’ll be worth your time and even if you don’t care about this stuff at all, it’s still pretty cool to see Adam doing his thing.