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IronMind Hub

Introduced by IronMind in 1990, the Hub allows you to build and test your pinch grip in the great tradition of Karl Norberg hauling up an old-style York 45-lb. plate by its hub with three 10-lb. plates on it.  Hook up the IronMind Hub to a loading pin with a carabiner and you can go as light to heavy as you'd like, whether you use Olympic plates or standard plates.

IronMind Hub Men's World Record

Pasi Mehtälä December 13, 2014 38.54 kg (84.97 lb.)
Ari Siltaoja October 25, 2014 38.02 kg (83.8 lb.)
Matti Harju October 19, 2013 37.76 kg (83.2 lb.)
Zach Jacobs March 10, 2013 36.4 kg (80.2 lb.)
Mike Corlett July 15, 2012 29.1 kg (64 lb.)

 IronMind Hub Women's World Record
Elizabeth Horne April 5, 2014 25.33 kg (55.8 lb.)
Amy Wattles June 30, 2013 19.1 kg (42 lb.)
IronMind Hub Contest Rules
  1.   The IronMind Hub must be an authentic IronMind Enterprises, Inc. Hub; it cannot have been modified or tampered with in any way.
  2.   Ordinary chalk (magnesium carbonate) may be used on the lifting hand, but nothing else is permitted (tacky, for example, is specifically disallowed).
  3.   Weight is hung from the Hub with an Olympic-sized loading pin that is clipped to the underside of the Hub with a carabiner (generally, IronMind's loading pin and carabiner are used, although substitutions are allowed).
  4.   The lifter starts the lift with all 5 fingertips of the lifting hand touching the plate at the base  of the Hub.  It is permissible that the fingers rotate somewhat from this position during the course of the lift, but holding the Hub as if grabbing a doorknob is not allowed.
  5.   The lifter must stand up straight; once standing straight the lifter waits for a down signal from the referee before returning the weight to the ground.  Contact must be maintained by the lifter's hand and the Hub until the weight is resting on the floor.  The referee then indicates if the lift was accepted.
  6.   In contest situations, we give the lifter 1 minute to complete the lift after his/her name is called; during that minute, there is no limit to how many times the lifter may try to complete the lift.

See also IronMind's grip contest rules for extra attempts.

The IronMind Hub is also the second leg of the Crushed-to-Dust! Challenge.
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Elizabeth Horne knocked the women’s world record on the IronMind Hub out of the park with this 25.33-kg lift at the 5th British Hub Lifting Championships. IronMind® | Image courtesy of David Horne.