This will be a multipart write-up of my experience at the 2016 USAWA Grip Championships.
The event was held – as it has been every year since 2011 – at Al Myers’s Dino Gym in Abilene, Kansas. The venue is amazing. Words don’t describe how much history and esoteric (and “common design”) equipment resides in this gym. Every time I come to the Dino Gym, I see a piece of equipment or a photo that I hadn’t seen on a previous visit.
Al designs and builds a lot of his equipment. Some of it he buys from well known sources like IronMind.
The amount – and quality – of the equipment OUTSIDE the gym is staggering. And is more than most gyms (no exaggeration) boast on the INSIDE of their walls.
The first thing I like to do when I pull up in the Dino Gym parking lot is greet the cats that are roaming the property. They like the attention. And I like petting them.
After I finish greeting the cats, I make my way around the side of the gym and peruse the strongman equipment that is on the outside of the gym. There is quite a bit of it. So it usually takes a few minutes to look it over and see if there’s anything new in the lineup.
This year I made it to the gym early enough that I was able to do a proper warm-up for my hands and body.