27 September, 2009

The Gripmas Carol Entry Form and information


13 July, 2009

The Steel Slayer Showdown

Sponsored by: St. Croix Horsheshoes and Ryan Johnson

When: 10:00 A.M., Saturday, September 19, 2009

Where: my house in Fort Worth, Texas

Entry Fee and Deadline: $40 by August 15


6" Reverse Grip
Standard rules apply.

7" Freestyle
The Steel Slayer's Top 20 Bending List rules apply.

8" Braced
Three minutes will be given to to bring the ends within 2" using any braced style.

Three minutes will be given to bring the shoe to 180 degrees.

Weight Classes: under 200 and 200 and over

Scoring: The winner of each event will receive one point, with the second place finisher receiving two points, and so on down the list. The lowest combined total points of all events wins.

Awards: Trophies and cash prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in each weight class.

Refreshments: Barbecue and beer will be served.

Additional Notes: The rules regarding wraps posted in The Steel Slayer's Top 20 Bending Lists will apply to all four disciplines. Three attempts will be allowed for all events. Dropping down in difficulty level on successive attempts is allowed. Because I have a lot of steel to purchase and calibrate meeting the entry deadline is imperative.

Steel Stock
60D = 375

3/8" HRS = 530
5/16" stainless hex = 645
KOAB = 665

80D = 500

St. Croix Lite 000
St. Croix Lite 1
Diamond Bronco Plain 000
St. Croix Plain 1

There will be a much larger selection of stock than is posted here. There will be stock easier than 60d nails and stock much harder than your average 3/8x7".

For more information, please contact seventyone7615@yahoo.com

USHS Nationals

At the beginning of the year, I announed GGC's date for August 29th, 2009.

Now that Chad's excellent Grip contest is out of the way, it is time to prepare for Nationals.


Perth Strongman
Chris Rice - Link coming soon!

The events are all the same as last year with one sizable change and a few minor changes.

1. Grippers (Minor Change #1)
- Parallel set only - Credit Card set is out!!!!
- Tons of calibrated grippers will be used

2. Two Hands Pinch
- No changes here. Same as always. Multiple widths, depending on athlete preference.

3. Axle
- Double Overhand only
- Sumo is allowed.

4. Medley (Minor Change #2)
- We will not do the mystery event this year. I know it was popular, but I feel it ended up too hard for the smaller handed individuals.
- All items will be announced.
- Some people may end up bringing things to use, but they will still be announced.
- Items will include Blob, Inch, Levering, Bending, Tearing, Loose Pinch, Block Weights, Rolling Thunder. Weights will be manageable for smaller handed individuals.

5. Weaver Stick to the Rear (instead of bending)
- I want to include a wrist event
- I don't want to include any bending
- Weaver Stick looks cool and is fairly easy to judge.
- It was a lot of fun at Gripmas
- Wrist wraps allowed on the Weaver Stick

Since the events are not hand size dependent, there will be only one Open Division.

Entry fee is $50 and we are doing it at my house. I can't afford to carry this equipment into the gym all by myself again and destroy my hands for the 6th year in a row the day or two before the contest again.

You must qualify for Nationals in one of three ways:

Qualification Chance 1: Athletes shall qualify for Nationals if they finish top 3 in a US Hand Strength sanctioned contest announced on the Gripboard between September 2008 and August 2009.

Qualification Chance 2: Athletes can also qualify for Nationals by completing 3 of the following feats during 2008-2009 competition:

1" Vertical Bar - 290
2" FBBC Vertical Bar - 200
Gripper - IM #3 or equivalent (140#), or 150# choker close
Reverse Bending - Grade 5x6" bolt
Axle Deadlift - 290
Plate Pinch - 170
One Hand Deadlift on Olympic / Powerlifting Bar - 225

Qualification Chance 3: Complete any one of the following Wild Card feats:

Close #4 Gripper with parallel set or wider (choker included)
Break US Record in Two Hands Pinch
Break US Record in 1-inch Vertical Bar (LGC Standard or FBBC Standard)
Break US Record in 2-inch Vertical Bar (FBBC Standard)

There's plenty of room in the garage and I have multiple pop-up ceilings that I can use to increase competing area. The only events we will need to be inside for are the pinch and axle, unless it rains, in which case we will do everything inside.

I think that's about it.

Check out this post on the Diesel site for the registration documents soon. They are just about ready.

Any questions, please feel free to ask here or on the site.

Jedd will be updating the following link with answers to any questions asked: Grip Nationals Link

Please contact seventyone7615@yahoo.com for more information.

Backyard Bastard Bash 5

Oct 17, 2009. 11am start.

Location: Pesotum, IL

Events -
Grippers - FBBC grippers (well, I pretty much have to) rep with progressive. You pick a gripper, most reps with both hands in 2 min. 1 rep with tougher gripper beats 10 with the step below. You can use both hands for the total. The set will go towards prizes, so they'll be a unique set, the only one like it.

Bending medley - 5 lengths, better bar, 2 bends must be completed, there will be 1/4" round, 1/4" square, Bastards, Shiny, Hex, Edgins, 5/16 square, Big grade 8's as the options. Plan is to have everyone submit their choice by the week before so I can have them ready.

Human winch - Wrist roller on a frame, pulling a car. Probably 10 feet. 2.5" roller.

Monster mega medley - everything I can come up with, most things lifted, torn, bent wins.

Plate Hula with 25's for max time.

Hercules hold, done with cars on ramps.

I guess this looks like an endurance theme this year, but I pretty much need something new every time, and I only have so many ideas

Lots of prizes. Last year there was over $2,000 in prizes.

Entry is be $50. I'll try to have entry forms up & ready in June or July.
Food, beer & play after

Contact johnb@fatbastardbarbellco.com for more details.

22 June, 2009

Strongman/Grip Hybrid Competition

Location: 8105 Beck Rd. Ottawa Lake, MI 49267 (All the online driving directions will lead to to the golf course which is just next to our property, there will be a sign on our property for the comp so you wont miss it)

Date: July 25th, 2009

Start time: 10am(you can show up as early as 9ish if you like, that would make it easier to get all the weigh-ins down on paper)

Entry fee is $25 with food and cheap beer available afterwards

Make checks payable to:
Zach Coulter
1199 Mapleway Dr.
Temperance, MI 48182

The events in order are:
Grippers in Chokers- I hope to have calibrated grippers with at least 5lb jumps between, so far Bob Lipinski and Brent Barbe have pledged their sets(Thanks guys!!!)

Weighted Pullups for max added weight- This will be considered a perfect legal lift: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=rTgtSXFSTyo Athlete with the biggest ADDED weight wins.

2HP- Normal rules apply

Axle Clean and Jerk/Press for MAX weight- The clean must be ONE MOTION, no continentals, and done with a DOUBLE OVERHAND GRIP. Just put it overhead however you can. Work those olympic lifts boys.

Medley- Yet to be set up, but I have a twisted mind and plenty of stuff to put together... devil.gif

THERE WILL BE WEIGHT CLASSES AT THIS EVENT! The dividing line will be 94kg or 207lbs. Weigh-ins before the comp when you arrive.

Grippers in Chokers will be contested the same way as in other contests. The gripper will be preset to parallel and will be measured with calipers to ensure it is exactly parallel. You can move the gripper around as much as you like but your free hand must be away and not touching the closing arm in any way during the close.

For the pullups, I will only require your chin to touch the bar. You must start from a dead hang and I have decided to lax the rules I stated earlier. Just start from a dead hang and touch your chin to the bar. A beautiful, strict pullup is not required. As said before, I will allow any width grip so long as the competitor's palms are turned away from the body. I don't care what you do during the lift, swing around, hula, do the bycicle, sing acapella, whatever, just start from a dead hang and touch your chin to the bar.

2HP, will be the actual device. We just may end up using Thornton or Lipinski's setup for this.

The Axle Clean and Jerk/Press will basically be the same as it would be at any strongman comp. The only stipulations are that the Axle Clean be done in one motion with double overhand grip. NO CONTINENTAL CLEANS. Do whatever it is you can to get that weight overhead. Strict press it, Full split jerk, squat jerk, push press, one arm at a time, 1 minute lockouts, whatever, so long as you lockout the weight overhead, the lift will be good. Work those olympic lifts and you should do well. WORK ON PERFORMING A FULL JERK!

As said above, the medley will consist of several objects. I plan to have a thumbless RT lift thrown in but that is the extent of the thickbar lifting since there are 2 thickbar events in the contest already. This will be setup the same as the MGC6 medley. That means there will be 3 platform heights, each worth 1, 2 and 3 points. The highest worth 3. No Kazmaier rule, just lift the objects to the platforms in the time limit(to be determined). Yes guys, expect to see a good size plywood lift in there as well.

Prizes to be determined.

1st Annual Woodall Grip Challenge results


1 - Steve - Gripper #24 - CoC Hard #4
2 - Chad - Gripper #23 - BB Hard SE
3,3 - Andrew and Aaron - Gripper #21 - BB Easy SE
5 - Paul Knight - Gripper #20 - RB 330
6,6 - Jedd and Ryan Johnson - Gripper #18 - FBBC Hard
8 - Rex Hubbard - Gripper #15 - BB Hard Elite
9 - Zach Coulter - Gripper #11 - Hard CoC #3
10 - Brent Barbe - Gripper #7 - CoC #3
11 - Chris Rice - Gripper #6 - RB240...which is above a CoC #3

All 11 closed higher than a #3 CoC


1,1 - Chad and Jedd - 245
3 - Steve - 240
4 - Rex - 230
5 - Aaron - 225
6 - Chris Rice - 215
7 - Andrew - 205
8,8 - Paul and Brent - 190
10 - Ryan Johnson - 180
11 - Zach - 160


1 - Andrew - 461
2,2 - Steve and Chad - 441
4,4 - Jedd and Aaron - 379
6 - Rex - 374
7,7 - Paul and Chris - 354
9 - Brent Barbe - 334
10 - Zach C. - 272
11 - Ryan J. - did not complete a lift

RT:(added in the 6# loading pin and handle)

1 - Chad - 281
2 - Steve - 266
3 - Andrew - 256
4 - Ryan Johnson - 251
5 - Jedd Johnson - 231
6 - Aaron - 226
7 - Rex - 216
8 - Paul - 206
9 - Chris - 196
10 - Brent - 191
11 - Zach - 156

Medley:(number of items completed out of 20 total)

1 - 19
2 - Andrew - 15
3 - Steve - 14
4 - Jedd - 10
5 - Aaron - 8
6,6 - Rex and Ryan - 7
8 - Paul - 4
9,9 - Brent and Zach - 3
11 - Chris Rice - 2

Final Placings:

1 - Chad - 7 pts
2 - Steve - 11 pts
3 - Andrew - 16
4 - Jedd - 20
5 - Aaron - 23
6 - Rex - 31
7 - Paul - 36
8 - Ryan - 37
9 - Chris - 44
10 - Brent - 46
11 - Zach - 50

22 March, 2009