At IronMind®, we have high expectations any time a Finnish strength athlete steps on stage, and what Teemu Ilvesniemi did this weekend - absolutely dominating the No. 3 Captains of Crush® Gripper under the watchful eyes of Sakari Selkainaho and Kimmo Kokko at a major fitness expo in Lahti, Finland - just reinforced our convictions that when you are talking strength, Suomi is something special.
Teemu Ilvesniemi was just certified on the No. 3 Captains of Crush® Gripper after a huge performance under official conditions this weekend in Lahti, Finland. IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Teemu Ilvesniemi.
Sakari Selkainaho and Kimmo Kokko have been working for several years to help develop the Finnish grip community, and their latest effort, in Lahti last weekend, put the spotlight on a devastating performance by Teemu Ilvesniemi who, not once, but twice, overpowered a No. 3 Captains of Crush® Gripper in overwhelming style, under official conditions. We expect no whining from our mighty Finnish friends and this demonstration of grip strength was one that everyone in the strength world can appreciate.
Teemu Ilvesniemi is quick to recognize the psychological demands presented by this challenge: "I have a strong will and determination . . . Few people realize how much all this depends on your will and how little it depends on the size of your forearms . . .Certification on the #3 . . . is a great example of the kind of thing that shows how big or small you are inside."
And just what happens when the iron-willed Teemu Ilvesniemi grabs a gripper? Under the tightest possible conditions, he produced a stunning performance on the No. 3 Captains of Crush® Gripper - fully closing it and then holding it shut - and he has also closed the No. 3.5 Captains of Crush® Gripper in training.
We know of other people who have closed the IMTUG®7 with their first two fingers and so were not surprised that this is fairly routine for Teemu Ilvesniemi, but get this: Teemu told IronMind® that he can also do this with his pinky and ring finger together if he stabilizes the spring; and he can close the IMTUG®6 with just his index finger!
Teemu Ilvesniemi proves that there really is a secret to closing a No. 3 Captains of Crush® Gripper - you just have to be strong enough, and he certainly has proved that he is.
IronMind® is proud to recognize Teemu Ilvesniemi's performance and has added his name to the official list of people certified on the No. 3 Captains of Crush® Gripper.
Congratulations, Teemu, and welcome aboard!