Facing off with the Captains of Crush No. 3 gripper under the watchful eye of Kent Durso, Gilbert Goodman banged it shut and from there, went on to other challenges served up by Durso.
“I am 28 years old, 210 lb. and 5’ 9". I have lived in Nashville Tennessee for the last 10 years, where I started art school and switched to mechanical engineering after two years,” Gilbert told IronMind.
“Currently working for a natural gas pipeline company, I typically unwind by doing powerlifting and/or grip training 5 days a week (followed by a nice craft beer or dram of whiskey).
“I have double overhand Apollon’s Axle deadlifted 402 lb., lifted 65 lb. on the IronMind Hub, lifted 212 lb. on the Rolling Thunder, and my powerlifting (gym) numbers are 475/335/555.
“I will continue to train powerlifting 5 days a week and grip 3 days a week as long as my body can take the training load. My current goals for grip work are to axle deadlift 450 lb., close the No. 3.5 by the end of the year and be ready to certify on it by this time next year, lift 75 lb. on the IronMind Hub, lift 250 lb. on the Rolling Thunder, and one handed pinch 90 lb. on the euro device. In powerlifting, I would like to have an Elite total for the 93-k weight class in the USAPL. “Kent was an absolute pleasure to meet . . . What a lovely day.
“Thank you again for providing challenges and implements for strength athletes to test our mettle,” said Goodman.
Kent Durso reported, “I broke out my old No. 3, aka "Old Crusty" which has never been successfully closed and challenged Gilbert with it subsequent to his official attempt and after a couple of unsuccessful near misses, Gilbert finally managed to be the first man to close Old Crusty. This was with the official credit card set, too!
“And, for a little extra MILO spice, we then went down to the horse paddock flipped the 500-lb. Goodyear tire and loaded my 200-lb. stone on to an oil drum (unfortunately, the stone broke a piece off before Gilbert's attempt, as he manhandled the remainder with little effort
“We then tried the Scottish light weight for distance, and Gilbert hit a 40 footer; also he cleared 12 feet easily with the 42-lber over the bar behind the barn, pretty good for first time out,” said Durso.
Many thanks, Kent, and congratulations, Gilbert—your name has been added to the certification list for the Captains of Crush No. 3 gripper.
Follow these links to the video of Gilbert’s official attempt: