2016 USAWA Grip Championship: Part 1 – The Gym

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.


Grippers, anyone?

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.


Dino Gym Strength Implements



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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