Sunday, April 20, 2014

Bob Sundin Lifts the #172 Inch Replica DB!!!

Below is a quote and picture directly from Bob Sundin on this monumental lift!!!

Finally lifted the ~172 lb. Thomas Inch Dumbbell in a steady rain. My Moby Dick finally is dead; had to lift both the dumbbell and the mental block created by literally over 1000 failed attempts. Weighed in at less than 174 lbs. this morning (posted previously)Many people I need to thank, but for now will start w/ Roger Steffens, who very kindly gave me the Inch. my friends and training partners James Retarides, Jason Otto and Robert Miller who were integral to my improvement . Counting from my very first attempt it was 2387 days from the start date to the end date, end date included or 6 years, 6 months, 13 days including the end date. Much more and many more to thank later, we have a social engagement and no more time to write now, my apologies!

HUGE Congrats to Bob on this achievement of which he worked so hard and diligently at accomplishing!!!

Sunday, March 9, 2014


This is a detailed book review of James Retarides NEW book, Strong Arm Tactics, Training and Technique in Competitive Arm Wrestling! Before getting into my review of this amazing book let me assure you that this book is not written by some amateur or newbie to the sport. James has been involved in competitive arm wrestling for over 2 decades and he's been fortunate enough to see and experience the evolution and transitions between old school era and the current new school era of competitive arm wrestling. In those years of experience there has been a large evolution in techniques and training and James is a master of both! James is a National Champion is 3 different weight classes and has won over 70 professional titles in this ever growing and fast paced sport! Now with that out of the way let's get into meat of this review!

First, the looks and quality of the book are first class! The book is paperback (also sold as an e-book) and it's binding is very well constructed. The pages are thick and obviously made to be used and followed as a reference while one is learning or training for the sport of arm wrestling.

Next, the book is composed of 153 pages filled with helpful tips, explanations and high quality photos to demonstrate what he explains very well in his writing. Just reading the "Table of Contents" tempts one to jump around and learn new things before actually reading the book from front to back. You can do this but I strongly encourage you to first read the book in its entirety and then go back to the sections that interest you or a section that may address your weakness in strength or in technique and then progress in that manner.

The book has something to offer to any level of arm wrestler you may be rather it's beginner, amateur or pro level puller! The techniques described in this book are very detailed and thoroughly explained throughout. My favorite parts of the book have to be the training ideas, tips and strategies that James offers that really excited me the most! As an expert in Grip and grip training I can honestly say that very few exercises get past my radar that I haven't seen or experienced but James had a few surprises up his sleeve when it comes to training exercises to strengthen one's fingers, hands, wrists, forearms and other major body parts involved in arm wrestling! For example, want to develop some serious knuckles up pressure on your set up? Then BUY this book and turn to page 94 and check out these exercise gems! Impressive!

In closing I would to say that there seems to be no stone left uncovered in this book! James covers ALL aspects of training, technique and even the psychological side of the sport! The book starts with the basics and logically progresses to more advanced methods and strategies as one progresses through the book and in their training. For the price of this book and it's contents I honestly don't see how one could possibly go wrong with this purchase! Even if you decided not to give competitive arm wrestling a try you would have gained some valuable insight into how to seriously strengthen your upper body, specially the fingers, hands and wrist areas!

Grab your copy here today:

THANKS for your time in reading my review and a Big Thank You to James Retarides for allowing me the opportunity to review this amazingly informative book on the sport of com
petitive arm wrestling!!!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Saturday, February 1, 2014

First Gripper Donation for 2014!

Pictured here is a Alex Gripper from Germany donated by UAE Banker and business man Bader Samir Tayeb from Dubai. He is know as Alawahdi on the GripBoard. Alawahdi is a long time GripBoard member and has a huge interest in grip training, martial arts and bending steel.

I would like to give him a HUGE Thank You for his donation which is the first gripper donated to my Grip Museum for 2014 and the first gripper from Germany added to the collection.

This gripper has very hard plastic handles and are longer than average gripper handles which makes it unique and it has a gold plated torsion spring that is rated at around 45kg. and it feels like it as well. Very nice gripper indeed!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Block Trainer Interest?

I am currently working on a possible deal with Richard Sorin of Sorinex to make 25 of the Sorinex Block Trainer that I reviewed in a recent blog post here on my blog and my Facebook page.

If you are seriously interested in buying one when and if this deal goes through please e-mail me your name and shipping information to:

These Block Trainers will have identical measurements as the one I reviewed with the exception of the loading ends. The loading ends will have 2" loading ends for olympic plates. ALL the units will come sandblasted ONLY. You can always paint your own the color you'd like if you so desire but the sandblasted finish is really ideal for a great gripping surface. Closely resembles the texture of a Blob50.

I will announce the verdict and the price as soon as the details are worked out with Sorinex! These will only be available through myself. Sorinex will NOT be offering these through their website.

Look forward to hearing from you and THANKS for your interest!

Stay STRONG and train wisely!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Reference Books I Use Frequently

You can get most of these titles for cheap at

These are ALL good books with TONS of detailed information and most of it is based on some of the  latest research out there today!

What's in your library?