Game of Arms

Every couple years, armwrestling seems to make a comeback on TV. Case in point: There’s a new show on armwrestling set to debut this Tuesday (2-25-2014) on AMC. Check out these videos:





NOTE: Sure, it wasn’t perfect but it was still a lot of fun to watch. Unfortunately “Game of Arms” didn’t make it to the second season but at least we can still enjoy the reruns.

Every couple years, armwrestling seems to make a comeback on TV. Case in point: There’s a new show on armwrestling set to debut this Tuesday (2-25-2014) on AMC

80’s Inspiration

If there’s one thing that they got right in 80’s movies, it’s the training montage. There WILL be times when the only thing standing between working out and doing nuthin’ is a great song. Here’s a few clips that still make the hair on the back of my neck stand up whenever I watch them:


KUMITE! KUMITE! This video makes me want to roundhouse kick EVERYTHING I see.


Sammy won… SAMMY WON. Only in the 80’s man. And yes… the winner does indeed take it all.


This song has the distinction of not actually being in any of the Rocky movies ~ but it sure should have been. James Rolfe, film maker and part time Angry Video Game Nerd, put this video together in his spare time ~ and the world is much better for it. I would probably never have come across it otherwise. Thanks man, At least a few thousand of the views for this clip are mine.
If there’s one thing that they got right in 80’s movies, it’s the training montage. There WILL be times when the only thing standing between working out and doing nuthin’ is a great song. Here’s a few clips that still make the hair on the back of my neck stand up whenever I watch them

Hand Gripper Reps

Many people have written in over the years to ask what my hand gripper “reps” look like when I train. I can’t (and won’t) speak for anyone else but here is a short video clip illustrating what things look like when I do my thing.

For best results, I prefer a full range of motion, a “pause” when the handles touch and letting the handles open in a somewhat deliberate manner – no monkey business here. Preferences aside, a greater range of motion means a greater percentage of muscle fibers are involved, ergo: a more efficient and effective workout.

The reason that I bring this up is that tempo is important, and some people had asked if reps should be done rapid fire, etc. You can do your reps in any way you like… What is shown here is simply my preference but I have certainly gotten very strong training grippers in this manner.

It should also probably be noted that any reps that I do, even with much lighter grippers, follow the same guidelines.

If you want to know what I recommend, then this style of would be it, at least the vast majority of the time. When it comes to reps, I have done it all: fast reps… slow reps… full reps… partial reps… timed holds… assisted reps… upside down reps… negative reps… all of those are worth experimenting with and some are more useful than others. My recommendation is to establish a “baseline” to see what you can do in the super-strict “style” outlined above — that way it makes it much easier to see whether or not you are getting stronger.

Train hard,
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Many people have written in over the years to ask what my hand gripper “reps” look like when I train. I can’t (and won’t) speak for anyone else but here is a short video clip illustrating what things look like when I do my thing.

For best results, I prefer a full range of motion, a “pause” when the handles touch and letting the handles open in a somewhat deliberate manner – no monkey business here. Preferences aside, a greater range of motion means a greater percentage of muscle fibers are involved, ergo: a more efficient and effective workout.

The reason that I bring this up is that tempo is important, and some people had asked if reps should be done rapid fire, etc. You can do your reps in any way you like… What is shown here is simply my preference but I have certainly gotten very strong training grippers in this manner.

It should also probably be noted that any reps that I do, even with much lighter grippers, follow the same guidelines.

If you want to know what I recommend, then this style of would be it, at least the vast majority of the time. When it comes to reps, I have done it all: fast reps… slow reps… full reps… partial reps… timed holds… assisted reps… upside down reps… negative reps… all of those are worth experimenting with and some are more useful than others. My recommendation is to establish a “baseline” to see what you can do in the super-strict “style” outlined above — that way it makes it much easier to see whether or not you are getting stronger.

Train hard,
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John Wood