Sunday, December 2, 2012

Warren Tetting Grippers = Symbols of Strength

As a collector of torsion spring hand grippers I've seen and handled over the years many different types of grippers and all different brands but out of the hundreds of hand grippers out on the market today there is still NONE that symbolize strength, beauty, and craftsmanship like the grippers that Warren Tetting has made for nearly 50 years!

I have a collection of nearly 300 torsion spring grippers and I own more Tetting grippers (also known as Beef Builder's, BB) than any other brand with Captains of Crush by Iron Mind running a close second and it's interesting to note that COC's are direct descendants from Warren's iconic grippers that started in 1964 and are still going strong today! If it wasn't for Warren Tetting there's a good chance that there would have never been COC's as well! This is not in any way taking away from what Iron Mind has accomplished today with their incredible hand grippers, it's simply a logical conclusion that is readily obvious.

Several weeks ago I ordered a Master gripper from Matt Cannon from Cannon Power Works and I ordered it because Matt stated that this gripper was unique in the fact that both handles got an M stamped on them and that the spread was extra wide with a very stiff spring. When I received the gripper in the mail (blazing fast I might add)it was no surprise that the gripper was absolutely beautiful and when holding this gripper it gave me a great feeling inside that can't be described unless you can appreciate the history, craftsmanship, and attention to details that goes into every one of Warren's grippers! I rated (RGC) this gripper myself 3 different times and it rated @ 117 lbs. which is seven pounds heavier than an average COC #2 hand gripper.

I might also add that over the years Warren has made 14 different strength TSG's from a Beginner to the NEW Hercules gripper that will NEVER be closed by human hands! I've also included a pic of the Hercules gripper with a miniature gorilla sitting beneath this mammoth spring of a gripper!!!

In closing I thought I would add a few pics of this amazing hand gripper made by the Master himself, Warren Tetting! The Godfather of the Heavy Duty Torsion Spring Hand Gripper!!!

Hope you enjoy this article as much as I enjoyed writing it in honor of a great friend,
master craftsman, and icon in the World of Grip! I simply can't imagine what the grip scene would look like today if it wasn't for the efforts of Warren Tetting!!!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Easy Way To Remember Arm Muscles, Part 1 & 2

Dr. Preddy is one of the BEST anatomy professors I've seen!!!

Sunday, September 30, 2012

50th Birthday & Feeling Great!!!

Yesterday was my 50th B-Day and I must say it was one of the BEST days of my life! My wife had a surprise B-Day party for me and I got to see family and friends I haven't seen in years. One of my goals this year was to develop six pack abs with clean eating and consistent core training along with my other training which includes grip work & forearm development. I'm a BIG fan of Chad Waterbury and I followed many of his training concepts and nutrition guidelines to help develop my abs and overall core. Thanks Chad!!! I've posted some pics to show my progress with both my abs and my forearms. My abs still lack development in the lower, right and left quadrants. My size goal for my forearms is 14" and I currently lack a 1/4" of reaching my goal. I feel better and stronger now than I did at any other time in my life. As I've aged my body doesn't respond or adapt as efficient as when I was younger but with sensible, realistic training where less sometimes allows more I've actually progressed faster than expected. One thing I've learned is that age should never be a factor in your decision to start a fitness lifestyle where one can feel and look as good as they desire if they want it bad enough.
I'm proud of my accomplishments over the past 33 years of my involvement in the Iron Game. I've tried and participated in many different sports but it seems that weight lifting, grip work, and arm wrestling are just part of my life till the day I die. I may be 50 years old but I guarantee you I'm just getting warmed-up in my life!!! Thanks for following my progress!!! I would like to end this post with a saying I once read and I've adhered to it ever since. "Learn to move correctly and then move often"

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Pops Grip Machine Routine

Here's a video I did today of a routine I've been doing at the end of my grip training workouts and forearm workouts.

If you haven't checked out this Grip Machine yet you can do so by clicking on the title of this blog post. I absolutely LOVE this Grip Machine!!!

I currently use this Grip Machine more than any other piece of equipment that I own!!!

Thanks for watching!!!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Arm Wrestling Handle by PythonGrip

Black Steel Arm Wrestling Handle Review:

Click on the title of this blog post to go straight to PythonGrip's website for
more information and ordering details!!!

I've added some great photo's of this AMAZING AW'ing Training Handle for a more detailed look at this handle!!!

Thanks for watching!!!

Stay Strong!!!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Sorinex Grip Machine Review - 2012

Here's my latest equipment review of Richard Sorin's NEW Mighty Mitts Pops Grip Machine!

I've also posted a pic of this wonderful

grip training tool!

Best Grip Machine I've owned to date!!!

For ordering information visit the Sorinex website by clicking on the "title" of this blogpost!

Thanks for watching!!!

Stay Strong!!!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Mighty Joe's Gripper Collection Video Series #5

Here's part 1:

Here's part 2:


Saturday, July 7, 2012

Double Body Weight Squat Goal - #400

I have a NEW goal in my squatting that I have now set out to achieve that
I've wanted to be able to do for some time now.

In September of this year I'll be 50 years old and I would like to be able to
squat 400 lbs. RAW (double BW) and break parallel on depth.

For some guidance and World Class help I contacted long time friend and former
World Champion Powerlifter and 2x World's Strongest Woman, Jill Mills!

I told Jill what I was trying to accomplish and ask for her professional guidance
so that I get this right. She agreed and I'm now on a path to achieving my goal!

I met Jill and her husband Milo at her first competition at a Strongman/woman Contest in Texas in 1997. Later down the road we became good friends due to my sons competing in Strongman as well as myself for several years. Me and my sons competed in numerous contests along with Jill and Milo.

Jill is a World Class Athlete with a World Class personality and attitude to go along with her phenomenal strength! Below is a video of Jill's STRENGTH!!!

I'll keep you posted on my progress and I will post a video of my achieved goal when that time
comes. My goal is to accomplish this before I turn 51 years of age.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Mighty Joe's Forearm Training, Part 1 & 2

Here's a 2 part video I did on a recent size goal I'm trying to accomplish with
my forearms. I'm trying to obtain 14" forearms and I've come up with this routine
that I've put on video for you.

My current forearm measurements are 13-1/4", straight and cold, right and left.

Hope you can benefit from this if you may be trying to achieve similar goals in
your forearm training!

Here's part 1:

Here's part 2:

Sunday, July 1, 2012

SideWinder Review = Ultimate Wrist Roller

Here's a detailed review I did today on a FANTASTIC piece of training equipment for your hands, wrists, forearms and used with a little imagination, your whole upper body! I introduce you to the SideWinder (Pro Extreme)!!! Order yours today by going to The shipping was very FAST to Texas! Got mine in 3 days! Thanks for watching!!!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Mighty Joe's Gripper Collection Video Series #4

Here's video #4 of the series:

Hope you ENJOY!!!

Stay tuned for video #5!!!

Mighty Joe's Gripper Collection Video Series #3

Here's video #3, part 1:

Here's video #3, part 2:

Hope you enjoy the videos!

Stay tuned for MORE videos covering this series!!!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Bill Hinbern's Super Strength Books

Just wanted to share a great source of oldtime strength training information with my readers and followers. The website can be found by clicking on the "title" of this blog post.

Super Strength Training Books has been around a very long time and I've had correspondence with Bill Hinbern numerous times over the years. His selection of books is the largest in the world and I challenge you to beat his customer service and fast shipping.

These re-print classics are of a very high quality and your satisfaction is guaranteed!

To the right is some pics of some of my recent purchases. All of which I'm very pleased!
Very high quality books indeed!!!

Check Bill's website out and get yourself informed as to how the old-timers trained and succeeded with extraordinary feats of strength involving weightlifting, strength feats, etc...

Stay tuned and most of all, STAY STRONG!!!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Mighty Joe's Gripper Collection Video Series #2

Here's video #2 of the series on my Gripper Collection:

Hope you enjoy the video and the "training tip"!!!

Stay tuned for video #3 coming SOON!!!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Mighty Joe's Gripper Collection Video Series - #1

Here's video #1, part 1 of my video series of my gripper collection:

Here's part 2 of video #1:

Hope you enjoy the videos!!!

Stay tuned for video #2 coming SOON!!!

Friday, May 18, 2012

SideWinder Review COMING SOON!!!

Pictured to the right is a pic of 3 different models of the SideWinder from!

Before the end of this month I'll be doing an extensive review with video
and pics of what appears to be a FANTASTIC piece of equipment for developing
the hands, wrists and forearms. I should have one on hand before months end.

In the mean time click on the title of this blog post and check out Chris's
website with all 3 models of the SideWinder!

Stay tuned and stay STRONG!!!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Manus Grips Review

To go to the Manus website simply click on the Title of this blogpost.

Hope you enjoy and Thanks for watching!!!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012


I would like to introduce my followers and viewers to an exciting NEW training tool
I discovered from a man in Ohio by the name of Brian Foltz. The training tool is called the Ex-O-Wrist. Designed by a chiropractor and sold through the Ex-O-Wrist website.

Within a week or so I will do a video demonstration on my You Tube channel and link it here on my Blog. My You Tube Channel is listed to the left of this post under Links.

I will say that I have found this to be the PERFECT warm-up training tool prior to your gripper training. It thoroughly warms-up the fingers, hands, wrist, elbows, and shoulders prior to nearly any type of upper body training/conditioning!

The device only weighs 13 ounces. Slightly over 10 inches in length. The cone shaped handles taper from 1-7/8" down to 1-1/4". The tension is adjusted by the end piece that is shaped like a flat-blade screwdriver. Turning the end piece clockwise increases the tension which can be adjusted from barely nothing to impossible quickly! The plastic seems indestructible! Not flimsy at all! The friction device in the center is designed to last a lifetime with occasional maintenance such as wiping away any excess dust/debris if it becomes necessary.

I have found no training tool to date that warms-up my fingers, hands, forearms, elbows, and shoulders prior to gripper training than the Ex-O-Wrist!

The Ex-O-Wrist can also be used as a stand alone training device to strengthen and condition your upper body. You'll quickly see why when I do my video demonstration. Brian has come up with ways to use this wrist roller type device that are simply genius!!! You can see his video demonstration at his website by clicking on this Blog Post Title above.

You can see larger view by simply clicking on the pictures to enlarge. The picture with the gripper laid beside the Ex-O-Wrist is for an idea of it's relative size. The gripper pictured is a Gillingham High Performance, GHP, Level 10.

Stay tuned for my mini video review/demo!!!

Your friend in GRIP!!!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Manus Grip - Animal Hunter Gripper Review 1 & 2

Here's my video introduction and review of Manus Grip and their Animal Hunter Series Torsion Spring Grippers! This is a 2 part video review so be sure and watch part which is a continuation of part 1.

Thanks for watching and please WELCOME Manus Grip to the USA!!!

You can click on the title of this blog post and go straight to their website to
place an order if you wish!

Stay tuned and watch this company closely as they have BIG plans for the future of Grip and Grip products!!!

Here's part 2:

Sunday, February 12, 2012

GHP Gripper Review - 2012

As promised here's my VIDEO REVIEW of the Gillingham High Performance hand grippers designed by Wade Gillingham of Gripper Superstore.

You can CLICK the title of this blog post and go straight to his website to order
these FANTASTIC Hand Grippers!

Hope the video answers the questions you may have if you're deciding to purchase these

Thanks for watching!!!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

REVIEW - Mash Monster 8, 9, & 10 Grippers!!!

Here's the review of my NEWEST Mash Monster Grippers from Gripper Superstore!!!

Feel free to leave a comment! Thank You!

Hope you enjoy!!!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012


I would like to introduce a NEW company from South Korea by the name of Manus Grip which offers precision made Grip products for sale. Including Manus Grips (for weight lifters & arm wrestlers), Torsion Spring Hand Grippers (for gripsters), Precision Gripper Setting Cards,
Ninja Nails and high quality pads, (for benders) and MUCH MORE!

I've posted a pic of the Manus Grips and 2 of the 5 available Animal Hunter torsion spring hand grippers.

I will have TONS MORE to share as soon as I get my shipment in the mail for REVIEW (probably within 2 weeks).

I've been in contact with Seung-Min of Manus Grip for about a week now and I must say this gentleman is a True Supporter of All Things GRIP!!!

Expect BIG things from Manus Grip!!!

I would like to personally WELCOME Manus Grip to the USA!!!

Stay Tuned!!!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Hands and MORE Hands! Book Recommendations

Here's a picture of 2 books about hands that I highly recommend to anyone involved
in GRIP or for that matter anyone who uses their hands.

Both are written by former physicians and are well written and illustrated.

Either or both books can be purchased by clicking the title of this blog post for less than the price of a gripper.

I can tell you from my own experience after reading these 2 books I came away with TONS more knowledge about my hands than I could have ever imagined.

Get them if you can! You'll be pleasantly surprised my Grip friends!!!

Here's a FACT to consider. The GORILLA IS NOT KING when it comes to GRIP STRENGTH! Care to guess what primate is KING and WHY?

DIY Injury Rehab - Got Tennis Elbow?

Here's a video of a GREAT resource I came across and am now using on a daily basis.
Tennis Elbow (lateral epicondylitis)is one of the most common injuries related to grip sports and Ian Constable has a very unique and worthwhile program you can purchase for nearly the price of a hand gripper and get you on the road to recovery and back to training.

To top things off Ian Constable knows exactly what he's doing with 25 years of experience in tendinopathies.

I'm on day 9 of my treatments and I can certainly tell the difference. The video assessment is FREE and very comprehensive. You'll get an e-mail describing your condition and at what stage your tendonitis is currently at and what exercises are best for you. This IS NOT a "cookie cutter" program where one program fits all. Your video exercises are designed specifically for YOU and your current condition. This is what I like BEST about DIYINJURYREHAB!!!

Hope you follow the video and go to his HOME PAGE and click "Tennis Elbow Assessment" to get started on your road to recovery!

You can go to the HOME page by simply clicking on my title page at the top of this blog post!

Tell Ian that Mighty Joe sent you!!!

Hope this helps!!!

Stay STRONG and Injury Free!!!

Monday, January 30, 2012

200th Gripper = GHP Level 10

Here's a pic of my 200th gripper to my collection and it's a very special gripper

Wade Gillingham of Gripper Super Store sent me a GHP Level 10 Gripper that was the
2nd one made. Wade told me Richard Sorin got the first one and Wade got number 3 and 4.

For a collector like myself this is HUGE!

I left the gripper in the package as I received it marked No.2 by Wade Gillingham
as can be seen from the pic along with the rest of the GHP line-up.

Move over Iron Mind Captain's of Crush! There's a NEW gold standard in torsion spring hand grippers and they go by the name, Gillingham High Performance!!!

I would like to THANK Wade for being so considerate in letting me have this gripper!!!

You're a class act Wade!!!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

NEWS FLASH - GHP Grippers 1-9 ARE HERE!!!

Pictured are Wade Gillingham's NEW GHP Torsion Spring Grippers, levels 1 - 9 and level 10
is NOW available as well!!!

These grippers can be purchased right NOW by clicking on the "title" of this blog post!

Here's a pic of the LINEUP and LEVEL 6 CLOSE!!!


2-Finger Gripper

Here's some pictures of my NEW 2-Finger Gripper I had custom made from my good friend
Arian Tepper from PythonGrip.

I've always been a big fan of 2 finger training and for reasons unknown to me I've always had
strong ring/pinky fingers from both hands.

This NEW gripper is my goal gripper for RP finger closes.

The handles are 2" in length with the handles being different diameters.
The larger diameter (.980") handle goes in the palm and the smaller diameter (.750")
handle towards the fingers. The handle diameter combination and length make these superior
to the IMTUGS from IronMind both in secure placement in the hand and better control through the crush movement.

The gripper calibrated RGC 49.8 kg. (110 lbs) which is equivalent to an average COC #2 gripper.

I'm currently slightly past parallel with both right and left hand. I will keep a record of my progress here on my blog and my YouTube channel.


Sunday, January 1, 2012

TNS Gripper from Python Grip = UNCLOSEABLE

One of my Christmas presents for 2011 was a Custom Made Gripper from PythonGrip
that was designed for No-Set or Table No-Set (TNS) closes.

The black aluminum handles are engraved with "Uncloseable" on one handle and Python Grip
on the other.

The handle spread is 61mm (2.40") which is slightly wider than credit card width.

The spring is 8mm (.312") diameter with a slightly below flush mount.

The gripper was RGC calibrated after 20 reps seasoning and oiling. I will not disclose the
rating at this time due to a possible certification process I'm working on for TNS/NS closes.

I've included some pictures here for your enjoyment!

Hope everyone had a great holiday season and may 2012 bring you NEW PR's and progress in
your training!!!

Mighty Joe