2″ VERTICAL BAR
*Notes: Did this workout after a 12-hour shift. Knew that I didn’t have much time to sleep before I drove down to see family in western KS so I made it as short as I could. Skipped the warmups to make it more like a contest setting. 2″ vbar is going to be the 4th event at our grip contest so I won’t necessarily need any specific 2″ vbar warmups anyway before jumping in at my opening weight – 250lbs. So the goal was to pull 250lbs on a 1st attempt and then go up a bit from there if possible. I always end up pulling more weight in workouts where I take the time to warmup. So why would I purposely skip a warmup if I know that it won’t yield the highest weight pull? Simply to see what I can do.
-251×1-both hands *Notes: Full lift right hand. Only got 2″ lefty. Right hand lift was solid enough that I’m not concerned about contest day. Not that I have been for a while…but in a 2008 Michigan Grip contest I opened at 250lbs and almost bombed out. Not going to be even close this time.
-277-MISS-both hands *Notes: No movement at all! Not a good sign. I got cocky and look what it got me.
-277-MISS-both hands *Notes: Got 1.5″ righty and .5″ lefty. Not good, but at least there was some movement this time. I count this as my 3rd attempt in a contest-simulation workout. One more chance to make a good lift.
-277×1-right hand, -1.5″ lefty *Notes: Missed by such a close margin lefty but pulled it about 3″ righty for a good lift.
*Notes: Definitely not an ideal time to do MMS grippers – after doing 2″ vbar. But that’s kind of the point with my attempts on these grippers after the 2″ vbar. I wanted to see if I could do it. If I can close any of the mid-160lbs grippers AFTER 2″ vbar then I can close a good deal higher at the contest since it’s the first event.
-169lb #3.5-MISS-right hand *Notes: Missed by a sliver! Could barely see it on video but it was there. Buoyed by this near miss after working 2″ vbar though.
-169lb #3.5×1-right hand *Notes: Barely closed it for a split second.
-166lb RB300x1-right hand *Notes: Barely closed it for a split second.
-166lb RB300x1-right hand *Notes: Solid close and 1-second hold! That’s more like it.
-167lb Super Elite-x1-right hand *Notes: Very solid close and 2-second hold!
-129lb Atomgripz Mirror Finish Triple Band for 3 singles-right hand, -x1-left hand *Notes: Good way to end the workout.
*Overall Notes: Always want more weight on the 2″ vbar but 277×1 is a good performance with essentially no warmup. MMS Grippers went well – better than I was hoping for after doing 2″ vbar! TNS Grippers were just an easy finisher.