Rope Training: Dinosaur Style

Rope Training: Dinosaur Style
Once we introduced high-quality climbing ropes, our phones started ringing off the hook. We heard from all kinds of people who had always wanted to get into rope training and had been searching for years for a top quality rope but had no luck.

It just so happens that one of those guys happened to be Brooks Kubik, that’s right, Mr. Dinosaur Training himself. Five minutes before I sent out the email announcing that we now had climbing ropes available, Brooks had just picked up the phone book and was leafing through it to see if anyone in his area had climbing ropes for sale… It was at that exact moment when he looked up at his computer screen and there was our email. He grabbed the phone and dialed right away.

(Yes, that is a true story and you can ask Brooks if you don’t believe me.) Anyhow, Brooks was like a kid in a candy store and we got him hooked up with exactly the kind of ropes he was looking for as well as the hardware to hang it properly. The ropes arrived late last week and here is the result:


Brooks Kubik fries his forearms
with double climbing rope chins.

Had my first workout with the ropes last night. What an awesome addition to anyone’s training program! With a little bit of creativity, you can work your entire upper body into the ground with these babies. By the end of the workout, my fingers were numb, and the muscular soreness kicked in within a couple of hours.

The ropes allow you to do things that are impossible with any other type of equipment. They can take anyone to a new level of grip, arm and upper body strength, and I can’t think of a better tool for athletes who need a crushing grip. Wrestling and football coaches ought to be ordering ropes by the dozen. Ditto for martial artists, arm wrestlers, climbers and the guys who are working on those Ironmind grippers. As you are well aware, grip training is a must for any serious lifter, and using ropes is one of the best ways to build crushing strength super fast…everyone should give them a try. I’m having some ferocious training sessions with the new ropes. They definitely deserve a place in a dino’s training program.

I wish we’d known about these when I was a high school wrestler. Thanks for making these available to the strength training community.”


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Grip Training For Football

How Ten Digits Saved A Touchdown
Grip training for football is a subject that is near and dear to my heart. In fact, that is precisely what introduced me to this whole crazy world of hand strength in the first place. It should be obvious why strong hands are a vital component of every football training routine – and the routine of every athlete for that matter.

Regardless of how often this point is stressed there are still coaches and strength coaches out there who believe that “strong hands just aren’t that important” in their particular sport… I don’t know about you but I like having every advantage I can get and grip training is truly one of the “secret weapons” of the game.

Some people will never learn, others will and will prosper from it. To see just how important strong hands can be in the game of football, look no farther than this picture:

The only thing standing between the ball carrier and the goal line is ten digits. Of course, strong hands will not help you complete every single tackle but the stronger the grip a team has (collectively speaking), the greater likelihood tackles will be completed and the more completed tackles there are, the greater likelihood there is of success on the field.

I think that makes a pretty compelling argument…

Train hard,

John Wood

IronMind Captains of Crush Hand Grippers

Let’s Talk About Building Hand Strength and why it should be more important to you…

captains of crush grippers
Turn your hands into iron claws with Ironmind Hand Grippers

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“Is Your Workout Missing Something?” – for many people, the answer is “yes” … they train everything else but they neglect one very important area: grip strength… it is the strength of the hands and forearms that can make the greatest difference in what people are training for yet grip training is usually ignored altogether. The fact of the matter is that You can only lift what you can hold onto, and the stronger your hands get, the stronger you’ll be overall.

A more powerful grip flat out means you’ll be able to get more reps in every exercise you do. The advantages of stronger hands in all “pulling” exercises (shrugs, rows, pullups, deadlifts etc) should be obvious but it will help your pressing power as well. That’s right, when you strengthen your hands it’ll help increase your bench press (which is reason enough for most people to get started.)

Now let’s talk about hand strength for athletes.

Again, this is an area that most trainees tend to ignore and it’s a big mistake… Every sport you can think of involves the strength of the hands, and when you make them stronger, it’s going to mean a better performance for you. Whether you swing a bat, tennis racket or golf club, throw a football, climb rocks, shoot free throws, or tackle quarterbacks, building up your hand strength will help you do it better. You want an advantage? … a “Secret Weapon” of sorts? A little bit of grip training will give you the edge you are looking for.

…So Let’s Get Started

By now you should be nodding your head in approval and wondering just where you need to get started as far as improving your hand strength. Keep in mind that there are hundreds, if not thousands, of different exercises you can choose from to build grip strength… But there is ONE type of grip exercise that absolutely MUST be in your program, something that will help you build the solid foundation. What I’m talking about is “finger flexion” or what is commonly called the ‘crushing movement’ … and the most effective method for building this type of strength are heavy duty hand grippers.

Go With The BEST!
Choose The Captains of Crush Grippers from Ironmind

When most people think of hand grippers, they usually think of the cheap, plastic handled ones that can be found in most sporting goods stores — and those are what gets a lot of folks started. But if you are serious about building hand strength, a gripper that you can close a few hundred times without breaking a sweat is not going to get the job done.

It’s time to upgrade to something a little more heavy duty. If you are going to train at all, then train with the very best grippers ever made: The Ironmind Captains of Crush. What makes these grippers the Gold Standard? Here’s 5 good reasons:

1. Quality and Durability: The Captains of Crush Grippers feature aircraft-grade aluminum handles, precision diamond-point knurling and Gr8 springs… Built TOUGH, just like you

2. Many strength levels to choose from: From 100 pounds all the way up to 365 pounds… Start at your current strength level and keep moving up the mountain one level at a time as you grow stronger

3. Made With Pride in The USA: The Captains of Crush Grippers are the only brand of grippers manufactured on U.S. soil. If this type of thing matters to you, the choice here should be easy

4. The Choice of The Pros: Ironmind grippers are the gripper of choice for top professional athletes, strongmen and anyone else who wants to build a stronger set of hands. When you train with them and you will be in some very strong company.

5. Certification: Think you’ve got a strong grip? If you can close the #3, #3.5 or the #4 grippers you can join a very elite group of grip athletes. Getting certified at any one of these gripper levels is a tremendous accomplishment. Needless to say, the challenge is greater (and the line gets shorter) as you move up the scale.

To these, we can also add “Always in Stock” as well as “Same Day Shipping” since these are two further advantages that you can expect from this particular website. We keep about fifty of each gripper on hand at all times so that we can get your order out quickly. In fact, when you place your order during normal business hours, chances are that it will be in the mail by 5 pm that day. The faster we can get your grippers to you, the sooner you can start using them to get stronger.

Order your Iron Mind Hand Grippers Right Here:
Three Gripper Combo Sets

We recommend having at least three gripper to train with – one you can comfortably close for 10 or more reps, one you can close for a moderate amount of reps(4-6) and one you can’t quite close or just barely close for one rep. This gives you three different ranges to train with which also increases your options. Aside from this reason, it is also simply a very good idea to get several grippers at one time since many people who get only one gripper tend to place another order shortly afterwards, plus it will save you money on shipping. Adjust your choice based on experience and/or strength level from there

Another option to consider if you already have several grippers is the #1.5/#2.5/#3.5 set which features all the “stepping stone” grippers to fill in the gaps. You will be able to choose which three specific grippers you would like after hitting the order button.

Three Gripper Combo Set – $62.99 + s/h

Individual Grippers:

Individual grippers are $20.99 each plus shipping and handling.

120 lbs.

– 0.5 gripper –

The latest addition to the Captain of Crush family is the “Point Five” (or 0.5, if you prefer) gripper which is so named because it is half way between the 100 lb. Trainer gripper and the 140 lb, #1 gripper. The resistance of the new 0.5 gripper sits right at 120 lbs.

Order The 0.5 Gripper___ $20.99 plus s&h
100 lbs.

– The Trainer –

If you are ready for serious grip training and your hands are reasonably strong, grab the Trainer at 100 lb. to begin your hand gripper quest — then work your way up through the ranks.

Order The Trainer Gripper___ $20.99 plus s&h
167.5 lbs.

– #1.5 –

Rated at 167.5 lbs., the #1.5 is the first of the “tweener” grippers that will help you advance between the #1 and #2. It’s the perfect gripper to help you bridge the gap.

Order The #1.5 Gripper___ $20.99 plus s&h
140 lbs.

– #1 –

Rated at 140 lbs., Get the #1 gripper to take the next step. This gripper usually stops most grown men cold but with a little practice and the right instruction, you’ll be closing it in no time.

Order The #1 Gripper___ $20.99 plus s&h
237.5 lbs.

– #2.5 –

The #2.5 is the second of the “tweener” grippers that will help you advance between the #2 and #3. This is the perfect stepping-stone gripper on the way to super grip strength.

Order The #2.5 Gripper___ $20.99 plus s&h
195 lbs.

– #2 –

When you make it to #2 gripper level, you know you are really getting somewhere. It doesn’t matter if you can bench press 400 lbs., chances are the #2 gripper will stop you in your tracks…

Order The #2 Gripper___ $20.99 plus s&h
322.5 lbs.

– #3.5 –

The ultimate challenge is just ahead… so you will need all of the help you can get in order to achieve greatness. That is where the #3.5 comes in. It is the perfect tool to help you get to the pinnacle of grip strength.

Order The #3.5 Gripper___ $20.99 plus s&h
280 lbs.

– #3 –

Only a select few have been able to make it to the IronMind #3 level gripper and beyond…If you can do it, you can add your name to a very short list… Think you have what it takes?

Order The #3 Gripper___ $20.99 plus s&h
365 lbs.

– #4 –

Closing the #4 gripper is the ultimate hand strength feat. Training to close the #4 gripper will take a level of intensity and dedication that few people possess… but it can be closed, and Joe Kinney proved that to the world. Who will be next?

Order The #4 Gripper___ $20.99 plus s&h