2021 King Kong Grip Contest

The 2021 King Kong grip contest in Lecompton, Kansas is in the books. I can’t list any of the performances until the other venues across the world do their contests next week.

I met two new friends, Josh and Brian. Both drove about 4.5 hours to attend the contest, so I’m glad they had such a good time. Both are climbers, which is always a good thing when it comes to grip strength. Both broke a lot of PRs during the contest.

Chad had a great overall contest performance and won it handily. See what I did there? 🙂

Ace has grown about a half foot since I saw him last year. He smashed his PRs like they were made out of styrofoam. I remarked during the contest that it must be nice to be at “that age” where coming back to a contest a year later should almost always mean an INCREASE in strength. I’m pretty much headed in the opposite direction, but still love the contests.

Elle beat Josie in most of the lifts and is a lot lighter in bodyweight. She seems much more focused when she gets on the platform than Josie.

Josie set 4 PRs during the contest and had a good time. She possibly enjoyed playing with the other kids between attempts more than competing, but I am proud of her all the same. We got home and she said, “I want to do that grip contest again next year!” Made me proud all over again.

Josie working on her farmer’s walk strength a few years ago.

Josie brought the same laser-like intensity to the King Kong grip competition on Saturday as she had in the above picture of her doing farmer’s walks out in our yard a few years ago. Nah, just kidding, lol! She is like any 8-year-old and had the attention span of a gnat. But she had a great time at the contest with Elle and Ace.

About bencrush

47-year old multiple USAWA record holder who enjoys grip strength training, bending steel, and sharing my knowledge of training in both areas. Mental health is a big focus going forward. And it should've been all along.
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1 Response to 2021 King Kong Grip Contest

  1. Martin Arjoon says:

    Really nice rundown on this year’s King Kong 2021 my friend. It’s a great event and I’m glad that both the adults and juniors all did great and had a wonderful experience!


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