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About Grip Training, Hand Grippers, and Hand Strength (cont.)

Over the years, IronMind has published a rich lode of information covering all aspects of grip strength training, including using hand grippers; introducing grip masters of note; and making known our world-renowned Captains of Crush Hand Grippers, with their colorful history and hand strength-producing benefits. We introduced the IMTUG: IronMind's Two-Finger Utility Grippers, for targeting individual finger strength and Zenith: The digital fitness gripper, designed for strong and healthy hands in the 21st century. We’ve compiled a list of all those resources for your easy reference, so you can find out what you don’t know—and then read about it so you do!


Grip Masters
Meet John Brookfield: consummate master of traditional strongman feats whose impressive hand and wrist strengths puts him in a class by himself as an endurance steel bender.
We introduce the first-ever Captain of Crush, pinch-grip artist, and Blob creator Richard Sorin and find out how he got started lifting weights and performing formidable feats of hand strength.
Top-rolling arm wrestler John Ottarski is a self-described “lower arm, wrist, hand, finger specialist” whose inventive training techniques include the now widely used softball hold, as well as traditional hand grippers.
J. B. Kinney talks about the injury that drove him to rebuild his arm and his grip strength and to do squats, revealing the iron heart and iron will that made him a Captain of Crush.
Read our report on J. B. Kinney’s stunning feat as the first ever to close the No. 4 Captains of Crush Hand Gripper.
Meet the strongman showman from Texas who excels in grip feats of strength.
The second man to officially close the No. 4 Captains of Crush Hand Gripper, Nathan Holle is as distinguished by his modesty and integrity as he is by his hand strength.
"Is Andrew Durniat for Real?" by Thom Van Vleck with Al Myers (Vol. 18, No. 1)
UAndrew's path to fame in the grip world is nothing short of inspiring.  His impressive strength feats are sure to motivate you.
"Imagining Beowulf's Grip" by Harley J. Sims (Vol. 19, No. 1)
Using present-day standards, Harley Sims examines the epic claims of the poem Beowulf
and Beowulf's grip.



Grip contest coverage and results for four events testing hand and finger strength.
Grip contest coverage and results for four events testing hand and finger strength.  
Join the high jinks as the Gillingham boys try to out-do each other on the Rolling Thunder Deadlift Handle, a test of open hand strength.
The article that showcased the legendary Inch Dumbbell and its story, past and present, and launched a revival, resulting in many new comers willing and ready for this hand strength challenge.
Find out what happened at the first ever All-Round Super Grip Challenge (1999).
The first-ever Rolling Thunder contest was a huge hit at the 2000 Beauty and the Beast Strongman contest, with Jan Bartl setting the first world record at 265.4 lb.



Contests (cont.)
The second annual Rolling Thunder World Championships was contested by all the top strongmen at the 2001 Beauty and the Beast—and Jan Bartl’s world record remained safe for another year.
The Blockbuster Pinch Grip Block and the Rolling Thunder were the implements of battle between the strongman competitors, testing their open hand and pinch grip strength.  How do you compare?
 Over three hundred people challenged the Blob over two days at the 2002 Mr. Olympia, testing their open hand strength.
Wade tells us that if you want to be the Rolling Thunder champion, you have to show up at a contest and take the title—as Odd Haugen proved.
Wade Gillingham reports on the World Series of grip strength contests, which includes closing a Captains of Crush Hand Gripper, lifting the Blob, and lifting the Rolling Thunder Deadlift Handle.
Grip strength enthusiasts from England, Wales, Spain, and the U.S. vied for the top spots in this grip contest, testing their hand strength in a series of one and two hand events.
The inaugural Vise Grip Viking Challenge was a grip contest that broke more than one mold, and brought together top grip guys and strongmen like Andrew Durniat, Mark Felix, Chad Woodall, and L. P. Jean. Called "one of the most successful contests," the grip strength feats were captured in the amazing photos taken by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D.
Defending champion Mark Felix faced off against grip masters Andres Durniat and Odd Haugen, and strongman Michael Burke, in the top-rated contest that included the Rolling thunder and the Apollon's Axle.
Set against the backdrop of the beautiful Ukrainian city of Yalta on the Black Sea, 73 athletes combine to break 18 world records in this armlifting championship. 




Certified Captains of Crush® and Red Nail™ Roster


"The Boys at Bollenbach’s: One Joins the Captains of Crush and Five More are Knocking at the Door" by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. (Vol. 3, No. 1)

Find out what’s special about Bob Bollenbach’s Gym and why grip strength guys love to go there and train on their Captains of Crush Hand Grippers.


"Gripping Sideshow at the Arnold Classic: Manfred Hoeberl Joins the Captains of Crush" by William R. Hansen (Vol. 5, No. 1)

Find out which big names did and didn’t close the No. 2 and No. 3 Captains of Crush Hand Grippers at the 1997 Arnold Classic.


"The Strongman and the Kid: The Latest Captain of Crush" by Manfred Hoeberl (Vol. 5, No. 3)

Strongman Manfred Hoeberl tells this charming and brief tale of guts and determination when Robert Baraban showed up at his door to be witnessed for closing the No. 3 Captains of Crush Hand Gripper.


"A Handful of New Captains of Crush" by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. (Vol. 5, No. 4)

Three new Captains of Crush are profiled for having closed the No. 3 Captains of Crush Hand Gripper.


"A New Batch of Captains of Crush" by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. (Vol. 6, No. 2)

We introduce four more gripsters who earned the title of Captain of Crush, including the first teenage Captain of Crush Jesse Marunde, by closing the No. 3 Captains of Crush Hand Gripper.


"Congratulations, Captains of Crush!" (Vol. 6, No. 3)

Meet four strong-handed men who have conquered the No. 3 Captains of Crush Hand Gripper.


"Captains of Crush® Grippers: Who’s New" (Vol. 9, No. 2 and all MILOs thereafter)

We introduce the latest Captains of Crush in this new ongoing MILO section--all of whom have conquered a No. 3 or No. 4 Captains of Crush Hand Gripper.

"Red Nail™ Roster" (Vol. 11, No. 2 and all MILOs thereafter)

 We introduce those certified as having bent a Red Nail in this new ongoing MILO section showcasing wrist and hand strength exemplars.



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