Author Archives: bencrush

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.

“Give a man an anvil and you have a friend for life.” – Mark Twain


Did Mark Twain really say that?  Probably not.  Just like dozens of the other quotes attributed to him.  But I believe if someone had given him an anvil – he would’ve come up with a much pithier quote than “Give a … Continue reading

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Fun With Static Electricity 


Tiny Overlord and I went to “Firefighter Park” yesterday morning. She did a lot slide action, which cracked me up because of what the static electricity did to her hair.

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Lifting Stones On A Walk


Beautiful day for a walk. Good day for some rock lifting.

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Tiny Overlord Bench Pressing Like A Boss


Josephine was delighted when I told her the other day that it was time to learn how to bench press.  We started out super light, of course.  Just the homemade faux barbell I made her when she was a baby.  … Continue reading

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Tiny Overlord Celebrates 4th Birthday With Over Bodyweight Deadlift


Josephine told me she wanted to lift something “very heavy” the day after her birthday.  I asked her how heavy she wanted to go.  Her go-to answer the past few months has been kind of a gibberish number – (“15-17-800”) … Continue reading

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Tiny Overlord With Dog Friends


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2017 USAWA Grip Championships Write-up


The 2017 USAWA Grip Championships took place on Saturday, February 11th, at Al Myers’s Dino Gym in Abilene, KS.  It was a spectacular contest – like it has been every year Al has hosted it. I went home with my … Continue reading

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Watch “325lb Axle Hack Lift” on YouTube


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It’s been a while since I posted


I tore my right middle finger skin badly pulling 380lbs on the middle fingers deadlift last week.  Now it’s 5 days until the USAWA Grip Champs and it is healing up about as slowly as I expected.  It will probably … Continue reading

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Grip Strength Training And Testing For Children


If your child is ANGRY that you are clueless about how to train or test their grip strength – look no further than this helpful post. “A child that trains their grip is a HAPPY child.” -Mark Twain Avoid the … Continue reading

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