2-15-11: 2″ Vertical Bar – Biofeedback Tested, Gym Movement

Today I put Adam Glass’s advice to work and tested a few exercises with the biofeedback Gym Movement method of what I call the “stretch test.”  Not sure what the technical term for it is though.  I don’t have much experience with Biofeedback Testing so if this is totally ludicrous hopefully someone knowledgeable will correct me – gently.  The Movement Manifesto lists the things that adherents of the Gym Movement protocols test and it’s quite a bit more than the simple test I did of just testing the exercise itself.  I don’t know how to test the load, reps, rest period, etc. – or more accurately, I don’t know what I’m looking for if I did test those parameters.  So for now I’ll stick to testing the exercise itself.   

Here’s what I tested:

-2″ Vertical Bar

-MMS Grippers


The 2″ Vertical Bar tested the best.  I really wanted to do MMS Grippers so I tested it twice and got the same result both times.  It tested the worst out of the 3 choices.  I don’t even really know how to figure out what load to test so I tried to choose a load that was similar across all 3 exercises.  Used 150 pounds on the vbar, a #2 gripper, and 105 pounds on the 2HP. 

2-15-11, Tuesday


Standard grip contest rules.  Definitely something to be said for the testing protocol since I pulled a weight today that I haven’t pulled since November of last year.  Not a huge weight, but this might be the start of the end of my backsliding on the grip events!  I can only hope. 

-107×1-both hands

-198×1-both hands

-233×1-both hands     *Notes: Both were full lifts.

-260-MISS-both hands     *Notes: Actually got about 1/4″ with my left hand.

-260-MISS-both hands     *Notes: Got about 1/4″ with my right hand this time.  Weird. 

-247-MISS-both hands     *Notes: Got about 1″ with my right hand though.  Needed to lower the weight to see what I could actually get a decent lift with to have a new baseline.

-244-MISS-left hand, -x1-right hand!     *Notes: Pulled about 1/4″ lefty and 3″ righty.  Glad to pull this weight even though it’s ridiculously low.  At least this is heading…↑ 



About bencrush

42-year old multiple USAWA record holder who enjoys grip strength training, bending steel, and sharing my knowledge of training in both areas.
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