Rolling Thunder 6-17-12

Did some Rolling Thunder work yesterday while doing a bit of maintenance on my vehicles.  The air compressor is in the garage and so is my workout equipment.  Match made in heaven.

Skipped the warmup since I just don’t need one these days.  I can pull 200lbs with or without a warmup.  So I figure I might as well skip the grip foreplay and get right down to business.


-188×1-both hands     *Notes: Rested about 30 seconds and then…

-188×1-both hands     *Notes: Rested about 30 seconds again – and then…

-188×1-both hands     *Notes: I did some work after this last set and came back to the Rolling Thunder about 5 minutes later.

-188×2-both hands     *Notes: Just some touch and go reps.  Could’ve done a few more with both hands but didn’t care to test it.  Just wanted to get a little work in today.

-188×2-both hands     *Notes: Got 2 reps with both hands again but this time I might’ve only been able to get one more rep if I had really tried.

-188×1-both hands     *Notes: Just getting a little more volume in.

-188×1-both hands     *Notes: Seems like I could’ve pulled this weight all day long.

-188×1-both hands     *Notes: Maybe I’ll be sore tomorrow even though the volume wasn’t high.

*Overall Notes: Sometimes Rolling Thunder gives me a soreness deep in the forearm muscle belly.  I like it when it does that.  Doesn’t happen all the time.  Seems to be more on the days when I pull closer to my max vs. lower weight for more reps. 

Today my forearms aren’t sore at all.  But my hands themselves are slightly sore like I’ve done a heavy gripper workout.  This feeling has never happened to me after a moderate Rolling Thunder workout.  Actually, even though 220lbs is my max with both hands currently – my “training max” or “everyday max” is much closer to 200lbs.  As in – 200lbs.  So pulling 188 isn’t necessarily just messing around in other words.

I remember 7 years ago when my max was 180lbs on the Rolling Thunder.  That was with my right hand.  Lefty was 170lbs.  And that was not a training max.  That was a one-time deal at that point.  I think I was good for 160lbs most of the time lefty and 170lbs righty.  It’s nice to be pulling more weight – with no warmup – for reps – with ease.  I like it.  Admittedly 7 years is a long time to only go up 40lbs but it sure hasn’t been an uninterrupted amount of time spent training the Rolling Thunder during those years. 


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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2 Responses to Rolling Thunder 6-17-12

  1. Jason says:

    Great work and progress Ben! I notice the same soreness with any max thick bar. Nothing else seems to hit me like that.


    • bencrush says:

      I know what you mean on the axle! Now THAT used to hit my deep forearm flexors pretty hard when I was well over 350lbs. For some reason I never noticed that soreness until I was over the 350lb mark.


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