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
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″ VERTICAL BAR
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.
-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…↑