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How Stress Affects Our Training

Before we dig into how stress affects our training and our bodies. We have to look into a survey that was done by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation where they claim the leading causes of stress are.

  1. Poor Health – Poor health can lead to a numerous amount of issues , that can be associated with increase of stress.
  2. Disability or Chronic Illness – When we are not able to do something like walk or see due to a disability or chronic illness it can bring stress to our lives if we have to rely on others to accomplish tasks.
  3. Low Income – Having to worry about where your next meal will come from or how will I pay rent is 1 of the leading causes of stress. Knowing how to budget your money can reduce the effects this can have you.
  4. Experiencing dangerous situations at home or at work – Seeing a traumatic incident like someone dying , hurt or maybe you were a victim of abuse all play a roll in our stress levels.
  5. Being a single or teen parent – The responsibility of another life to support , protect and care for is extremely stressful and can lead to depression and other issues.

Perception is Everything

The definition of perception is

per·cep·tion

/pərˈsepSH(ə)n

noun

the ability to see, hear, or become aware of something through the senses.

“the normal limits to human perception”

  • the state of being or process of becoming aware of something through the senses.

“the perception of pain”

Similar:

discernment,appreciation,recognition,realization,cognizance,awareness,consciousness,knowledge,acknowledgment,grasp,understanding,comprehension,interpretation,apprehension,impression,sense,sensation,feeling,observation,picture,notion,though,belief,conception,idea,judgment,estimation

  • a way of regarding, understanding, or interpreting something; a mental impression.

“Hollywood’s perception of the tastes of the American public”

Can stress be transformed into biochemical and physiologic mechanisms that result in cardiovascular disease?  

In a recent study they put this to the test. Where the research supported that stress can lead to both biochemical & physiologic resulting in either a Stroke or a Heart Attack.

“They checked their hypothesis by looking at radioactive imaging of the brain, bone marrow, and aorta with positron emission tomography (PET) scanning.  What they found was that as a patients perceived stress score increased the degree of amygdala activation, bone marrow activation, and aortic inflammation all increased proportionally.  Also CRP (c reactive protein) levels (a blood test that is associated with global inflammation) was also increased with increased stress scores.  Finally, and most importantly, patients with high amygdalar activity had more clinical events!” credit to (https://lifeandhealth.org/lifestyle/how-to-deal-with-stress/1318053.html?gclid=CjwKCAjw2dD7BRASEiwAWCtCb9oYTLbq8c0dEZoeToS_vQFw0VWs6rkuiGOqg-yJBUPKiw__wBw8oxoCu0sQAvD_BwE)

What can cause stress ?

Ironically enough there are 2 main factors and they go hand and hand.

  1. Work – Regarding work if you work less than 25 hours a week the event rate starts to climb.  If you work more than 55 hours a week the event rate also climbs. The sweet spot is in between. This probably relates to being underemployed and financially stressed at the low end, and being overworked and stressed out at the high end.
  1. Sleep – Sleep is similar. The sweet spot is from 6-9 hours with less or more associated with increased death.  Too little sleep is probably related to increased stress and worry and also poor sleep quality.  Also, too little and           too much sleep are both factors in major depression.  The great thing is that adjusting your sleep time actually reduces your risk so this is something that should be worked on.

 

How does this all affect your workout ?

The number 1 thing you should be concerned about regarding your training is recovery. The number 1 factor that can hurt your recovery is STRESS. There are millions of Americans who deal with stress. 77% of American adults have reported that stress affects their training progress.

 

Cortisol and Body Composition – Learning how stress affects and works in our body

 

Before we can fully have knowledge of stress. We first need to understand Cortisol affects the body.

 

 

“In a culture where chronic stress seems to have been normalized because it’s something that nearly everyone experiences , it’s crucial that we learn how it can affect our health. Although we are still at the beginning of our understanding of how the human brain works, our thoughts, and state of mind can end up affecting our physical health.

To truly understand how cortisol can affect your body composition, we first need to look at how high levels of the stress hormone affect different components of the body. To keep things simple, we’ll be using the 2 Component (2C) model, which consists of Lean Body Mass and Fat Mass.”

First, let’s examine how the stress hormone affects your Lean Body Mass (more specifically, your muscles and muscular development). As far back as 1964, researchers have suggested this hormone hampers protein synthesis. Protein synthesis = development of new muscle.

Researchers mimicked a stressed state in healthy test subjects by adding cortisol to their systems via IV and oral tablets. They found that cortisol and inactivity were linked with loss of Lean Body Mass, muscle loss, and negatively affected body composition overall. While inactivity can have this effect alone, the catabolic effect of cortisol seemed to play a significant role in muscle loss.

While we may not understand everything about the stress hormone yet, researchers are beginning to understand the effect that chronic stress can have on muscle recovery.

Article Credit to ( https://inbodyusa.com/blogs/inbodyblog/can-your-stress-hurt-your-fitness-progress/ )

 

5 Ways Stress Hurts Your Workouts

 

Your brain plays tricks on you

According to research done by the Journal of Sport and Exercise Physiology, cognitive fatigue (or brain tiredness) brought on by stress can make you think you’re working out harder and more effectively than you actually are. A study in which expert runners ran two races on a track put this to the test. They ran once while experiencing cognitive fatigue and once without. The runners finished with much faster times when they weren’t under stress. But they felt they had put in the same amount of effort both times. In short: a busy, stressed brain makes for fake fitness success.

Similarly, worry and anxiety can stunt performance by decreasing coordination and motor control. A study from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center explains that stress has an immediate effect on your cerebellum—the information processor in your brain responsible for movement and motor control throughout the body.

 

Recovery slows

Working out puts its own type of stress on your body. Muscles are broken down and rebuilt and as a result you become stronger. While this is a normal cycle on its own, the process gets mucked up when your body is dealing with another kind of stress simultaneously. Persistent emotional stress limits your body’s ability to recover from other forms of stress, including exercise. In short, if your battery is already drained, adding emotional duress to the mix is a recipe for disaster.

In two studies— one from the Journal of Strength Conditioning Research and the other from Yale University—participants’ stress levels were measured before doing a single workout. After the fact, their recovery time and levels were recorded. Both tests found that participants with lower stress levels experienced greater recovery in a shorter amount of time.

 

Risk of injury goes up

Two products of stress can result in increased risk of injury: excessive muscle tension and decreased focus.

Muscle tension happens when the physiological effects of stress cause blood vessels to compress and blood flow to nerves, tendons, and muscles to lessen. Waste continues to fill those muscles and oxygen drops, resulting in tension.

Tension can cause pain and muscle spasms that may move from one group of muscles to another. The pain can worsen with more stress, so relieving it is paramount. Stretch and take deep, relaxing breaths. Yoga flows and routines are ideal for calming yourself down. Other methods for relief include massage therapy, acupuncture, and (ironically) movement. The latter helps you loosen up. When paired with a fitness routine, it can make you resilient to recurring tension.

Decreased focus isn’t as easy to understand. Keeping a flexible focus is pertinent to cardio activities. If you’re experiencing emotional stress, you may find yourself focused on your problems and not able to split your attention to the various elements of your workout that require focus. For example, if you’re running on a treadmill, you need to pay attention to your pace and time as well as your form. Stress makes it difficult to focus on multiple things at once. This could lead to working out with poor form or missing the moments when you need to change your pace. You may also miss your body’s cues that it is exhausted and you need to back off of a difficult workout.

 

Weight loss gets harder

Long-term stress can ruin on your weight loss efforts. It all comes down to a hormone called cortisol. Dubbed the “stress hormone,” cortisol’s purpose is to get you out of danger by raising blood sugar, blood pressure, and controlling your immune reaction. Good? Not always.

Cortisol is released in higher amounts when you’re feeling intense pressure. Higher levels of cortisol encourage insulin production which can rev up your sugar cravings. As if you didn’t want sweets already (you know, because of all that stress). On top of that, extra cortisol may attack muscle mass, slowing your metabolism dramatically.

In one study, 500 participants were monitored to see if sleep, depression, and yes—stress—have a direct effect on weight loss. Each person was given a diet and exercise plan that was low fat, low sugar, and full of fruits and veggies. Their daily caloric intake was reduced by 500 calories and they performed 180 minutes of exercise per week. In the following weeks they were weighed, kept food journals, and recorded any stress, depression, and insomnia they experienced.

Results were quick to show that stress and sleep were the strongest indicators of weight loss or gain. Those who experienced little-to-no stress and got more than 6-8 hours of sleep regularly, lost significantly more weight than those with high stress and lack of sleep. In fact, some with reportedly high levels of stress gained weight throughout the study.

 

Stored fat increases

Remember those cravings and the slowdown in metabolism that cortisol causes? Well, it also triggers the storage of more fat cells. The fat cells surrounding your abdomen are sensitive to insulin and more responsive to cortisol. This is why any gained fat will first reside near your stomach and not, say, your bum. As stress levels go up, cortisol goes up, and so does fat storage.

The moral of the story? You’re unlikely to see the results you want to see from your fitness routine if you’re living in a constant state of high stress. It’s important to find ways to decompress. Consider adding yoga to your routine or trying fitness journaling.

 

Article Credit: https://aaptiv.com/magazine/stress-sabotaging-your-workout

 

I am not an expert on any subject relating to this article. I used clips from various articles to formulate this one. All articles used were given their credit and acknowledgement. This is simply trying to bring useful information to my readers and followers.

 

 

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Training With Over Sized Training Grips

In this article we will be discussing the benefits of Thick Grip training.

Let’s begin with why Thick Grip Training is beneficial to us.

By using Thick Grips you will increase your neural drive. What is Neural Drive

 

            Definition – provided by www.neurotechnix.org > DeNeu

The neural drive to muscle is defined as the number of action potentials discharged by the motor neurons that innervate a muscle. These action potentials usually propagate along the muscle fibers, due to the intrinsic properties of the nerve-muscle synapse.

By increasing your strength in your grip and forearms , you will benefit from being able to do simple tasks like opening a stubborn jar or hold on to something longer.

As people we take advantage of the functions our hands play in our life. We use our hands everyday from cleaning ourselves to feeding ourselves yet we do not take care of them.

In America most of us get some form of arthritis before we even turn 65 yrs old according (https://www.verywellhealth.com/age-and-arthritis-189653).

So through Thick Grip Training you will

  1. A) increase overall strength & neural drive as mentioned above.
  2. B) You will increase forearm strength causing your joints to feel better. It may even help get rid of tendinitis and elbow pain.
  3. C) By using Thick Grip training as mentioned before you will have increased forearm strength that will carry over into everyday living and other sports.

 

By training with Thick Grips over your standard 1″ bar you find in most gyms. You will as stated before increase the neuromuscular strength in your hand and forearm. However, to achieve this,

you should train using a pulling or curling motion to best engage your hand and forearm. By performing these particular movements is the best way to maximize  the challenge on your hands and forearms ,

but it is also the best way to maximize your neural drive.

Does research support Thick Grip Training

Even though there is not much research backing Thick Grip Training there are a few. Like an article written in 1992 from The International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics

where they tested the Neuromuscular strength by using 3 different sized grips comparing it to an industrial handle. This test was done to determine how muscular strength and Neural Drive was affected.

They did this by performing a series of test to measure the electromyograpicor (EMG) activity by using different grip diameters.

 

The size of the grips. They did this by comparing a handle to the inside diameter of the grip diameter. Then they modified it to be 1 cm smaller and 1  cm larger for the test.

 

What did they conclude 

Well the International Journal (IJ) concluded the following:

  1. A) The smallest of the 3 grips garnered the greatest maximal voluntary Contraction and produced the least amount of neuromuscular activation determined by EMG.
  2. B) The largest Grip diameter was just the reverse of the smallest grip. Greatest neuromuscular response and the least of  Voluntary Contraction.

 

The study was ran on people with NO resistance training at all , but to grab on to handles in their everyday job to exert force. This particular study supports Thick Grip training and the benefits you can gain from it.

 

There was this other article I found that contradicts the 1992 article from IJ. This article came from https://www.rdlfitness.com/avoid-thick-bar-training/ and written Ryan L.

 

In Ryan’s article he proclaims that by doing Thick Grip training you will do harm to your bodybuilding routine.

Ryan wrote a very interesting article on this topic and goes into detail. Like he believes that your hands and forearms will fail before the Prime Movers, meaning the main body part you are training.

Ryan also goes on to state how a smaller diameter bar will increase performance by allowing a firm grip. Now Ryan is coming from a bodybuilding perspective where sematary and proportions are important.

For in bodybuilding having a balanced physique is important.

I personally am a big fan of Thick Grip training. I hold no certifications nor am I a medical professional. My opinions on this topic come from real life rehabilitation of my hand and wrists.

I broke my Lunate and Scaphoid bones in my right wrist , I also tore  my Ulnar Nerve which was repaired along with my Palmaris Longus Tendon being repaired. In my quest to get back onto the Armwrestling table I

found Thick Grip training. I was so focused on rehabbing and finding something that would rebuild me , I invented my own Thick Grip handles to help myself rehab. In my opinion there is no doubt Thick Grip or bar training

is the best way to go for getting that killer grip and overall body performance.

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT I AM NOT MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL , TRAINER ,  REHAB SPECIALIST

All my information comes from personal experience as well as articles   I read.

 

ARTICLE RESOURCES :

RDLFITNESS.COM

POLIQUIN GROUP

https://www.verywellhealth.com/age-and-arthritis-189653

The International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIVING WITH FAILED BACK SYNDROME (FBSS)

FBSS (FAILED BACK SURGERY SYNDROME)IS BEST DESCRIBED AS A SERIES OF COMPLICATIONS COMING FROM SURGERY.

Despite what some may say FBSS is treatable if discovered before it is to bad.

WHAT IS FBSS :

FBSS is a gathering of symptoms regarding back surgery and or spinal surgery.

This occurs when the surgery did not take or there are more issues that were not fixed.

The reason the term syndrome is used vs a specific disease , is because syndrome describes a set of symptoms.

There have been some cases where the surgery itself caused new symptoms , causing pain and discomfort.

POST SURGERY PAIN :

All though it is normal to have pain , bleeding  , swelling , cramping , bruising you still need to listen to your body.

It is very important to monitor yourself and after a certain point the pain has not gone away , then you must return to your doctor , make regular check ups

NERVE PAIN :

Let’s be very clear , that all pain is nerve pain. However there are certain forms of nerve pain.

That will point towards a list of issues.

  1. pinched nerve or nerve root
  2. recurring disc herniation
  3. failed spinal fusion

All these can point to FBSS. Each major nerve displays different issues or symptoms like, severe leg pain , lower back pain also can be an issue.

SPASMS & JOINT LOCKAGE

Something else you will need to look out for is spasms and joint lockage.

These are another bad sign of FBSS. If you are going through any of these signs then you need to consult a physician.

SEVERE WEAKNESS :

As we know the nerves carry signals into the body. The signals are sent from the brain to the lumbar disc.

Disc Herniation can leave you with Limb Paresis or (PARTIAL PARALYSIS or IMMOBILITY IN THE LIMBS)

CHRONIC PAIN :

One of the main reasons people seek surgery is because of the amount of pain they are in.

If the procedure creates new pain or doesn’t release the old pain then you may have FBSS.

TREATING FBSS

Many doctors say that the best way to treat FBSS is not always to return to surgery.

Many suggest that less invasive methods should be tried first like.

  1. weight loss
  2. exercise
  3. physical therapy
  4. different surgeries like adhesiolysis

Ultimately treatment is based of what exact nature of the FBSS is.

Keep in mind that the reason why you have new pain or the pain never went away is because , the surgery never addressed the real issue.

 

Written By :

Raymond Cote

Resource Credit for article :

Failed Back Surgery Syndrome: 5 Signs You’re Living With FBSS

Steve McGranahan THE Worlds Strongest Redneck.

An Interview by Ray “The Happy Hillbilly” Moseley

I have always been fascinated with strength sports and had a passion for comedy. So it was no surprise that i have been a long time subscriber to Steve McGranahans Youtube and twitter accounts. When this opportunity to write for Team Crushing It Magazine came along, I immediatly sent him a message asking for an interview. I was shocked when one of my long time idols responded with “Cool”. I was completely unprepaired. I had been so excited to be writing for a magazine that i forgot interview questions. I quickly threw some together and had an absolute blast talking with the worlds strongest redneck. Turns out we have a lot in common. We both work or have worked in corrections, we both train grip, we both have a reputation for being strong rednecks and NC BBQ is our weakness. Tell you what, i am one happy hillbilly.

HAPPY HILLBILLY: Tell us a little about who you are, your background, your notable acheivments, Intresting or noteworthy jobs?

WORLDS STRONGEST REDNECK: Born at Duke in Durham NC played football 4.9 40 yard, wrestled, and throw on track team as a teen was strongest kid in Durham for years. Ran Marathons¥1 ultra marathon 50 miles and triathlons in my 20s could dunk basketball. Started acting and hand strength in my 30s. Worked in a prison for street thugs and gangs started hand strength training. Ripping decks of cards etc. Finished 1st in all USA competition and 3rd in the World in early 2000s Always played sports and always lifted weights. Did feats of strength on CMT Country Fried Videos 49 episodes. 29 episodes of Fat and Furious on Discover Channel.

 

HAPPY HILLBILLY: You are a comedian and television personality, what shows/movies have you been on?

WORLDS STRONGEST REDNECK: TV Experience:

Fat and Furious Discovery (22 shows)

Tonight Show with Jay Leno (2 appearances)

Country Fried Home Videos CMT (49 shows)

Steve Harvey’s Big Time Challenge (1 contest)

Jimmy Kimmel (1 video)

Craig Ferguson Show (1 video)

Fox Business News (1 video)

RTL, Germany (Feature)

Gong Show 2nd Place

I’ve Got a Secret (guest)

Attack of the Show (1 video)

Rude Tube Show,UK (1 video)

MTV Canada (1 video)

TRU TV World’s Dumbest (3 videos, 2 shows)

ABC Nightline (1 video)

Ridiculousness MTV (4 videos)

Japan TV (3 shows) http://MSN.com (1 video)

Nightline (1 video)

F&A USA CMT

Movies: Disconnect (Director Henry Alex Rubin) video

Say No to the White Girl (Director Tony Brown), Extra

Finding Michael Flick (Director Randy Rogan), Father

Dog Jack (Director Edward McDougal), Extra

Radio: John Boy and Billy Show

CBC, Canada

Stand-Up Comedy: Carnival Cruise Competition at Improv, 2nd

Funny Bone Comedy

Slap Stick

Magazines: Strong Magazine Vol. 1 (Cover Story)

Kung Fu Magazine (Small Feature)

Videos and Skits: Through a variety of creative videos and skits, I mix superhuman strength with comedy to awe folks and drop their jaws.

Special Skills: Taking everyday household objects and putting a new twist on them LITERALLY.

Specialties: Can cook a great grill cheese sandwich with cheap motel iron!

HAPPY HILLBILLY: Which one was the coolest and why?

WORLDS STRONGEST REDNECK: Coolest was the one buying the most at the time. I love doing CMT pay was great and I could be my own boss. Didn’t have to deal with Hollywood that much. Doing a hunting show now on Pursuit Channel Monday 9 am. Outdoor Blues. Fun hunting and eating animals.

HAPPY HILLBILLY: When did you get into Strongman?

WORLDS STRONGEST REDNECK: Remember having Guinness Book of World records 1976 Paul Anderson deadlifting 800 on back page. I said I want be strong like that and for the most part I did and am.

HAPPY HILLBILLY: What are your favorite Strongman feats?

WORLDS STRONGEST REDNECK: Favorite strongman feat. Anything that makes someone learn they can do more with the gifts they have. Its what i do best motivate people to use their gifts from God to help other people get thru life and live a better life.

HAPPY HILLBILLY: What kind of training do you do?

WORLDS STRONGEST REDNECK: Wing my training want ever I feel like doing that day in the gym. Hand strength over the years has kept a very strong base from all the shows i do. and when I a ton of hand strength it stays for a good while. grippers card ripping bending 8 grade bolt aint cheap so keep that for shows and pre show training. I can bend nails for days so it gets old after 30 or more in a workout. high reps in squats and ton of trap bar keeps me over all strong enough for everyday life. at 55 and can still lift car back end is good over all strength aint got to prove nothing to the world anymore.

HAPPY HILLBILLY: Do you have any advice for people wanting to get into strongman?

WORLDS STRONGEST REDNECK: Start slow records will come must have strong base or you will get injuries. don’t max but once a month or six weeks water water water and ton of sleep

HAPPY HILLBILLY: What does a Strongman and redneck eat?

WORLDS STRONGEST REDNECK: Any wild game or fish catch i love ill eat anything bought for me. lol brother smoked ribs are the best. NC bbq is my weakness Texas de Brazil is my favorite restaurant here up in the North. I have traveled most of the world love any kind of culture food. Had India food with my boss today for lunch. So anything really.

HAPPY HILLBILLY: Share a recipe with with us.

WORLDS STRONGEST REDNECK: don’t know recipe but my wife’s baklava and pineapple up side down cake. The roast moose she cooks best meat on the PLANET!! its like meat candy

 

You can reach and view The Worlds Strongest Redneck on his social media. Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXDt1kQ0rNzo8DVn6qhz1HQ Facebook: https://facebook.com/strongestredneck/

Twitter: @wsredneck

Instagram: @wsrednec

The benefits of the Raptor and Country Crush handles

I’m sure if you’re reading this article you already fairly familiar with the country Crush products.

Whether you are a arm wrestler, arm lifter, powerlifter, strongman you can benefit from the Raptor in the country Crush handles. With any strength sport grip is a basic essential if you don’t have it you’re not going to be successful.

I integrate the 3 inch Raptor into multiple portions of my workout not just specific grip training. for instance on a cable machine or with a loading pin you can do bicep curls with them there’s a big difference between doing a bicep curl with a 60 lb dumbbell with a normal sized handle versus a 3in Raptor with 60 lb on a loading pin.  The Raptor can be used for tricep extensions bent-over rows overhead presses with a cable machine that uses are virtually limitless for any competitive sport.  The country Crush handle is just as versatile. I used the three in monster Crush for rows, lat pull-downs, bent-over rows and face pulls to develop the traps.

you can virtually you take any workout regimens and add the handles into the workout to increase the intensity and the workload of that workout. For example doing bicep curls with the 3 inch Raptor works the whole arm your hands oh, your forearms and your biceps get an intense workout when using much larger handles like the 3-inch Raptor. doing a reverse grip tricep extension using the 3in Raptor will also test your grip and help develop the tricep and its size and strength.

Of course for the arm wrestler forearm curls and Country Crush deadlifts are extremely beneficial to building the grip strength and the forearm strength using the wrist as the pivot point.

As a competitive strong man and arm lift your I can tell you if you don’t have a strong grip you’re going to continuously struggle. I’m doing Atlas stones to husafell stones to axle bar deadlift grip is a necessity.

as pointed out in other articles that I have posted grip strength is also associated with longevity of life. Harvard medical School and Yale medical School done studies and posted the results of grip strength in older adults and linked it to quality of life and a longer life span on average.

Now get to the gym and get your grip on!

What Is Carpal Tunnel

With today’s active person and life. We use our hands more than ever before.

2.7 to 5.8% of people in the world suffer from Carpal Tunnel. Depending on the severity of the injury

will determine how long you recover. The general recovery time from this surgery according to Johns Hopkins Medicine

can be several weeks to several months. The success rate for this surgery is approx 90% of course this has many factors in it.

How well the patient does post surgery care , diet , rest , rehab all this plays a factor in the success of this surgery.

SYMPTOMS OF CARPAL TUNNEL

credit www.healthline.com

numbness

tingling (thumb & 1st 3 fingers)

pain & burning traveling up arm

wrist pain at night

weakness in the hand.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is caused by pressure on the median nerve.

The symptoms of this condition starts gradually and progress as time goes on

becoming more painful and hard to deal with. (www.mayoclinic.org)

 

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome if left untreated can lead to weakness and loss of coordination in the fingers.

There are 9 tendons & the Median Nerve that run through the Carpal Tunnel.

Some other causes for this condition need to be taken into consideration like.

Injury or trauma can be a result of Carpal Tunnel because of the swelling in the wrist

this will cause for squeezing on the median nerve.

Over active Pituitary Gland , rheumatoid arthritis , work stress , repeated use of vibrating hand tools ,

fluid retention during pregnancy or menopause , development of a cyst or tumor in the canal.

With all of these causes often no single cause can be determined.

Many different types of people are at risk for this condition.

Women however are 3 times more likely to develop carpal tunnel than men.

according to (https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/Patient-Caregiver-Education/Fact-Sheets/Carpal-Tunnel-Syndrome-Fact-Sheet#3049_2) they believe this is because the carpal tunnel itself is smaller in women than in men.

People with disorders like diabetes and other metabolic disorders are at higher risk , also carpal tunnel syndrome usually always occurs in adults.

MOST COMMON PROFESSIONS WHO GET CARPAL TUNNEL

  1. assembly line workers
  2. seamstress or taylor
  3. fishermen & packers
  4. house keepers
  5. butchers
  6. secretary
  7. mechanic
  8. construction
  9. military
  10. home makers

with all this assembly workers are 3 times more likely to develop this condition.

WHAT RESEARCH IS BEING DONE ?

The mission of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) is to seek fundamental knowledge of the brain and nervous system and to use that knowledge to reduce the burden of neurological disease.  The NINDS is a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the leading supporter of biomedical research in the world.

Scientists supported by the NINDS are studying the factors that lead to progressive nerve injury and how damage to nerves is related to symptoms of pain, numbness, and loss of function.  Researchers also are examining biomechanical stresses that contribute to the nerve injury responsible for symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome in order to better understand, treat, and prevent this ailment.  By quantifying the distinct biomechanical pressures from fluid and anatomical structures, researchers are finding ways to limit or prevent CTS in the workplace and decrease other costly and disabling occupational illnesses.

Scientists funded through NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health are investigating the effects of acupuncture on pain, loss of median nerve function, and changes in the brain associated with CTS.  In addition, a randomized clinical trial designed to evaluate the effectiveness of osteopathic manipulative treatment in conjunction with standard medical care is underway.  Evaluations of these and other therapies will help to tailor individual treatment programs.

Another NIH component, the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disorders (NIAMS), supports research on tissue damage associated with repetitive motion disorders, including CTS.  As part of this research, scientists have developed animal models that are helping to understand and characterize connective tissue in hopes of reducing tissue buildup and identifying new treatments.

More information about carpal tunnel syndrome research supported by NINDS and other NIH Institutes and Centers can be found using NIH RePORTER (projectreporter.nih.gov), a searchable database of current and past research projects supported by NIH and other Federal agencies.  RePORTER also includes links to publications and resources from these projects.

RECOVERY FROM CARPAL TUNNEL SURGERY (credit www.webmd.com)

  1. Shake It Out

This exercise is super easy. It’s especially useful at night, when your symptoms can be worse. If you wake up with pain or numbness, just shake your hands out to get some relief.

  1. Thumb Touches
    • One at a time, touch the tip of each finger to the tip of your thumb so they make an O-shape.
    • Repeat a few times.

3.

Basic Wrist Stretches

  • Sit down at a table.
  • Rest your elbow and arm on the table and let your wrist hang over the side, palm of your hand facing up.
  • Start with your hand in a straight, neutral position.
  • Bend your hand toward you so your fingers point up toward the ceiling.
  • Hold for 5 seconds.
  • Return to a straight, neutral position.
  • Bend your hand away from you so your fingers point down toward the floor.
  • Hold for 5 seconds.
  • Return to a straight, neutral position.
  • Repeat 10 times.
  • Do this up to three times a day.

4.

Tendon Gliding

In this exercise, you’ll move your fingers and hand through a series of different positions. Take your time and move smoothly from one position to the next

HOW TO GET MORE INFORMATION.

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Bethesda, MD 20824
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www.ninds.nih.gov

Information also is available from the following organizations:

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
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Occupational Safety & Health Administration
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U.S. National Library of Medicine 
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https://www.nlm.nih.gov/

“Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Fact Sheet”, NINDS, Publication date January 2017.

NIH Publication No. 17-4898

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POST WORKOUT MEAL BEEF STROGANOFF

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds uncooked ground beef 80/20 or ground turkey
  • 3 cans low sodium cream of mushroom soup
  • 3 cups low sodium beef gravy
  • 1 bag low cholesterol wide egg noodles
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms

Cook the ground beef or turkey until brown Brown and fully cooked.  Drain meat in a strainer and set aside.

Follow instructions for the egg noodles and drain, DO NOT rinse with water.

Combine the beef gravy, cream of mushroom soup and slices mushrooms in a pot and heat thoroughly.

Combine all the ingredients and serve.

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POST WORKOUT NUTRITION

During strenuous exercise your body uses up alot of resources; minerals (electrolytes), carbs, sugars and protein.

Let’s start with minerals. The most common vitamins and minerals found to be of concern in athletes’ diets are calcium and vitamin D, the B vitamins, iron, zinc, magnesium, as well as some antioxidants such as vitamins C and E, β-carotene, and selenium.

Minerals are important for your body to stay healthy. Your body uses minerals for many different jobs, including keeping your bones, muscles, heart, and brain working properly. Minerals are also important for making enzymes and hormones.

Best food sources for minerals:

  • Calcium: yogurt, cheese, milk, salmon, leafy green vegetables
  • Chloride: salt
  • Magnesium: Spinach, broccoli, legumes, seeds, whole-wheat bread
  • Potassium: meat, milk, fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes
  • Sodium: salt, soy sauce, vegetables
  • Trace:
  • Chromium: meat, poultry, fish, nuts, cheese
  • Copper: shellfish, nuts, seeds, whole-grain products, beans, prunes
  • Fluoride: fish, teas
  • Iodine: Iodized salt, seafood
  • Iron: red meat, poultry, eggs, fruits, green vegetables, fortified bread
  • Manganese: nuts, legumes, whole grains, tea
  • Selenium: Organ meat, seafood, walnuts
  • Zinc: meat, shellfish, legumes, whole grains

From the list above you should notice some foods contain multiple minerals.

A fresh salad with spinach, romaine lettuce, some seeds like sunflower seeds or chai seeds with broccoli, peppers and other assorted vegetables would be perfect for replacing minerals used. Adding a protein like tuna, chicken or red meat to your salad would make a perfect addition to a post workout meal.

What are carbohydrates?

Carbohydrates are found in a wide array of both healthy and unhealthy foods—bread, beans, milk, popcorn, potatoes, cookies, spaghetti, soft drinks, corn, and cherry pie. They also come in a variety of forms. The most common and abundant forms are sugars, fibers, and starches.

Some of the best sources of healthy carbs are:

  • Sweet potatoes
  • Legumes (beans)
  • Squash (acorn, butternut, etc)
  • Oats (oatmeal)
  • Whole grains
  • Bananas
  • Apples

A good addition to the salad for your post workout meal would be oatmeal with slices bananas and apples.

Proteins

Proteins are large, complex molecules that play many critical roles in the body. They do most of the work in cells and are required for the structure, function, and regulation of the body’s tissues and organs.

Best sources of easily digestable proteins

  • Eggs
  • Nuts
  • Cottage cheese
  • Lentils
  • Fish
  • Peanut butter
  • Lean cuts of beef
  • Skinless chicken

So to add to the salad and oatmeal for your post workout meal you could simply add some hard boiled eggs, a nice grilled piece of fish, beef or chicken.

Some quick and easy meals ideal for post workout are listed below.

Here are a few examples of quick and easy meals to eat after your workout:

  1. Grilled chicken with roasted vegetables.
  2. Egg omelet with avocado spread on toast.
  3. Salmon with sweet potato.
  4. Tuna salad sandwich on whole grain bread.
  5. Tuna and crackers.

Oatmeal, whey protein, banana and almonds.

  1. Cottage cheese and fruits.
  2. Pita and hummus.
  3. Rice crackers and peanut butter.
  4. Whole grain toast and almond butter.

Cereal and skim milk.

  1. Greek yogurt, berries and granola. and a banana.
  2. Quinoa bowl with berries and pecans.
  3. Multi-grain bread and raw peanuts.

Pre-workout alternatives

There are a lot of supplement pre-workouts on the market to choose from. However those with hypertension or other medical conditions or just don’t like the way pre-workout makes them feel there are alternatives to give you an edge prior to strenuous activity.

BEET ROOT POWDER-It is shown to increase performance and improve muscle function. Nitric oxide (NO) works by stimulating body functions affecting oxygen utilization. It opens up your blood vessels (vasodilation) increasing blood flow and feeding more oxygen to working muscles.

BONE BROTH-Drinking bone broth is one of the ways to bring collagen back into our bodies. The slow-cooking process extracts collagen from the animal bones and joints into the broth, and makes it easy to absorb when consumed. The collagen in the broth can help supplement what has been lost, supporting healthy bones stronger joints. Studies show that dietary collagen can even reduce joint pain in athletes

GINGER-Taking 2 grams of fresh ginger, about 1 1/2 teaspoons, per day may help you have less delayed onset muscle soreness. You can also use crystallized ginger if you prefer. If you’re going into an intense training period, take 2 grams of ginger per day for at least a week.

TART CHERRY JUICE-Athletes consumed tart cherries before and after an endurance event. Researchers found that the cherries supported a healthy immune and inflammatory response as well as other performance indicators. Athletes not only performed better, but they also recovered faster, too.

CORDYCEPS-is a tiny mushroom that sprouts from the heads of caterpillars but don’t let that fact freak you out, it’s one of the best supplements for increasing lung capacity. It does this by dilating the bronchial passageways and enhancing cellular energy levels with increased ATP production – the primary source of energy.

Cordyceps also helps relieve muscle soreness, fights fatigue, and prevents muscle weakness.

MACA-Maca is a wonderful adaptogen to use when you need steady and balanced energy that helps you increase endurance and muscular stamina throughout the day. Its anabolic (muscle building) properties help increase muscle mass and strength. Maca also supports quick muscle recovery, balanced hormones, and a higher tolerance for stress.

GREEN TEA-Supports metabolic and cardiovascular health, helps the body maintain and increase muscle mass, and boosts energy.

With taking any supplements whether they are natural herbs or manufactured you should consult a physician before taking any of them as you may be on medication or have a condition that could interfere with the above-mentioned natural products. The above listed natural alternatives are all ones that I have used myself and found them to be very effective. However everybody’s physiology is different and could have varying effects you might need a higher dosage or lower dosage of one of the supplements. The natural supplements I listed above or ones with the least possibility of any type of adverse side effects or unwanted effects. It is best to take most of these with a small meal as most of them are fat soluble and would take them approximately 30 to 45 minutes prior to exercise. Also always remember to stay hydrated before, during and after heavy exercise.

Training With Back Pain

In this article we will discuss training with back pain and after back surgery.

I am a patient of 2 major surgeries in my back. My first surgery was Oct 1998 .

I had a fusion and disc replacement at L4 , L5 , and S1. To include 4 titanium cages

My second surgery was Mar 2018. This surgery involved my T9 , T10 , T11 portion of my back.

The surgery included a fusion a Laminectomy. Since this surgery I have been reading a lot about back injury and training.

Some of the articles I will be referring to are :

https://relaxtheback.com/blogs/news/exercise-with-back-pain#

https://www.everydayhealth.com/pain-management/back-pain/dos-donts-lower-back-pain-exercises/

https://www.webmd.com/back-pain/ss/slideshow-exercises

 

As the doctor stated in the video. The best thing you can do is to get up and move.

Laying in bed and being stationary can lead to a whole a lot of other issues like , pneumonia and blood clots.

When doing movements to build the lower back there should be a little discomfort not lasting for more than a few mins. However if the movement activates a greater pain lasting longer then 15 mins you are going to want to seek some medical attention.

Some movements you may want to look at staying away from or switching out for a different movement.

According to webmd.com

  1. Stay away from – Toe Touches
  2. Switch to – Partial Crunches
  3. Stay away from – Sit-Ups
  4.  Switch to – Hamstring Stretches
  5.  Stay away from – Leg Lifts
  6.  Switch to – Wall Sits

Some of my personal favorite movements to do deal with bridging and arching..

one being The Camel’s Hump I believe the name was changed to Cat-Cow Stretch

another one is planking. I was never very good at these but it did help a lot when I performed

them correctly.

Some things I enjoy eating to help combat pain in my back is.

Meat lean meat. I do not eat a lot of fish but I do eat a lot of free ranged organically chicken & beef

Although highly recommended to eat a lot of green vegetables I do not. I do however drink a

bottle of V8 juice a day and I eat a ton of fruits and nuts.

It is not hard to find a eating plan with a little bit of research you can formulate a pretty healthy

enjoyable eating plan. Some articles I have read are :

https://www.spine-health.com/wellness/nutrition-diet-weight-loss/food-thought-diet-and-nutrition-a-healthy-back

https://www.spine-health.com/wellness/nutrition-diet-weight-loss/food-thought-diet-and-nutrition-a-healthy-back

https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/938743/lower-back-pain-treatment-relief-diet-foods-potassium

 

Written by: Raymond Cote

Raymond is not an expert and can not offer any medical advice. All of what Raymond has written has either come from personal experience or from videos and articles which some have been credited in the Article. It is Country Crush’s  intent to bring you informative , helpful , factual ways to stay healthy.

 

Some Youtube Videos I also found helpful

 

POST WORKOUT RECOVERY

How you recover from training is just as important as how you train. helping your body to recover from strenuous weight training or other types of training will greatly enhance the benefits whether it be strength or size or endurance.

As covered in my previous article about post-workout nutrition what you eat after training in before training greatly affects your energy levels and your ability to heal quickly.

Sleep is a major part of the healing process most of the body’s repair process happens during sleep there are three stages of sleep there is light sleep, REM sleep, and deep sleep.during REM sleep and deep sleep the body does most of the repair processes in the body. Ranging from balancing hormones including dopamine and serotonin in the brain to producing testosterone and repairing muscle tissue and organ tissue.

Getting adequate amount of sleep is very important in the process, feelings of lethargy, weakness and lack of energy or all symptoms of lack of sleep.

it is recommended by the Harvard school of medicine that the average person get between 8 to 10 hours of sleep although that number varies by the person’s individual physiology.

now realistically it is hard for a lot of people to get that amount of sleep due to family, training schedules, work and other mitigating factors. But it is still important to try get as much sleep as possible.

TENS/EMS units are extremely helpful with the recovery process. TENS stands for transcutaneous electro nerve stimulation. It increases blood flow which in turn increases the intake of oxygen and nutrients into the blood which goes into the muscle and other body tissue to help the healing process it is also good for pain relief as it vibrates the nerves and calms them almost as if to massage them. you can get a good quality unit on Amazon for about 30 to $40.a word of caution with these units if you do have any type of heart condition or if you have any electrical devices in your body such as a pacemaker please consult your physician before using one of these as it does transmit a small electrical charge into the body.

EMS stands for electro muscle stimulation. This differs from TENS unit as it causes a muscle contraction vs. Nerve stimulation. If you were to place the pads on your bicep or quadrisect you would cause your muscle to contract as if it were doing physical exercise. These are good for time is when you can’t train or when you possibly have an injury but still want to work the muscle without having a weight load on the muscle. Using a EMS unit is also good for endurance training.

infrared light therapy is a great way to accelerate the healing process as well. infrared light therapy kits have become more accessible and less expensive as they are becoming more readily available to the public they are available on Amazon as well and other medical supply websites. Infrared light therapy has been used by physical therapist for years and is FDA-approved as well as the TENS unit.

What infrared light therapy does is stimulates the mitochondria in your muscle cells and your body tissue creating energy what this energy does is to accelerate the healing process more energy in the cells the faster your body heals and the faster you grow muscle or get stronger. after checking with healthcare providers there are no physical limitations on using and infrared light unit. It is also good in the use of arthritis on joints as well as the TENS unit.

mineral supplementation is also something that is very helpful in muscle recovery. Such minerals as magnesium, potassium and zinc help the healing process. the average person does not usually need to supplement with these minerals unless they have an underlying health condition however for those who are into straining with training the body consumes and uses these minerals at a faster rate increasing the need for supplementation. Again before starting any supplementation I do recommend speaking with your healthcare provider beforehand.

self deep tissue massage is another good way to stimulate circulation and remove any knots or tightness in the muscles this can easily be done with any round object such as a billiard ball or croquet ball. By applying firm pressure to the muscles making sure to avoid the joints themselves, you can roll the ball around working out knots and stress out of the muscles relieving any type of pressure or tightness without spending a lot of money on a massage therapist. I have been using this type of therapy for a number of years and found it very helpful.

Chinese cupping therapy which I am certified to do is also very helpful in the increase of blood circulation and increasing the range of motion when muscles are sore. Most massage therapy clinics do offer some form of cupping there are several forms of cupping available. Dry cupping is the most common as it is the easiest to perform. Fire cupping is one of the older forms of cupping therapy and is just as effective as dry cupping.

the use of mineral muscle rubs such as magnesium muscle rub are also very effective in treating sore muscles in the recovery process. Many rubs such as hot or cold rubs are good at relieving soreness but does not actually treat the soreness all that does is temporarily relieve the soreness whereas mineral rubs treat the soreness.

Daily stretching as well as stretching before and after physical strenuous activity it’s also very important to increase the blood flow and allow the muscles to warm up and cool down at after training as to not cause any strains or sprains or pulls in the muscles. Many injuries can be avoided with proper stretching prior to exercise. there are many websites dedicated to showing proper stretching for each muscle group on the internet and are free.

I hope you find this information helpful and if you have any further questions feel free to contact me.

POST WORKOUT NUTRITION

After a hard, strenuous workout, wether cardiovascular (aerobic) or weightlifting (anaerobic), the body needs to be refueled. During intense exercise the body uses up carbohydrates, fats and proteins to keep the body going.

After training, usually within a hour of completion of training, you should refuel the body with the proper nutrition to help the healing process and make maximum gains from your workout.

Protein- Protein is essential in muscle repair, protein and amino acids are necessary for muscle growth.

Proteins are large, complex molecules that play many critical roles in the body. They do most of the work in cells and are required for the structure, function, and regulation of the body’s tissues and organs. … Enzymes carry out almost all of the thousands of chemical reactions that take place in cells.

Easily digestible proteins:

white fish

milk and dairy

Eggs

tofu

chicken or turkey

Carbohydrates- Carbs fuel the body with energy to train, and also daily tasks.  After a workout you need to replace the carbs that were depleted during training.

Carbs Provide Your Body With Energy. One of the primary functions of carbohydrates is to provide your body with energy. … Glucose in the blood is taken up into your body’s cells and used to produce a fuel molecule called adenosine triphosphate (ATP) through a series of complex processes known as cellular respiration.
Good examples of carbs:

Pasta

Rice/grains

sweet or white potatoes

Bread

bananas

Anatomy of the overhead Viking press

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The Viking press is one of the oldest and probably well-known strongman movements throughout the world. It’s history is deeply rooted in Viking lore And Scandinavian test of Strength. With the Viking press the entire body is used to properly complete the movement with the focus being of course on the shoulders upper pectoral muscles in the front deltoids. Some of the mistakes made with this lift or not properly getting underneath the handle or bar prior to the left making the lifter have to do aLonger range of motion. Getting the body aligned properly and underneath the handles with proper balance will allow the left or to complete this movement more affectively. If during the movement there is lateral movement or forward and backward movement of the body is not being properly aligned underneath the bar prior to the lift. Keeping your center of gravity stable planting your heels and pressing  through the heels throughout this movement is imperative. At the end of the movement of the body should be in perfect alignment back straight leg straight and locked out in arms fully locked out. Even though the body will be lean forward the body should be in a perfect line. Protective gear such as elbow sleeves, weight belts, and wrist straps should be Used to protect oneself from injury. Working at lower weights repetitions to properly complete the form is very important as the week gets heavier form tends to be less used and more brute strength is used

Our Experiences at the LA FitEXPO

So, as many of you guys know our first big exhibit was at the LA FitEXPO, and we just wanted to share some moments with you guys that you may have missed!

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First and foremost we want to show the best picture of the night and that is of COUNTRY CRUSH’S First lady AUTUMN COTE pulling the legend LORI COLE

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We met all sorts of amazing people who can do amazing things like our pal LEO LANDEROS

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We got to meet some seriously strong people.

Like our buddy 4x Mr. Olympia JAY CUTLER

The living legend RICHARD “THE LEVIATHAN” LUPKES

The World’s Strongest Man MR. BRIAN SHAW

Our new friend KRYSZTOF SOSZYNSKI who can punch your lights out!

And of course our good buddy Champion Powerlifter SCOT MENDELSON

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We found out that our MONSTER CRUSH was too much for some mere mortals.

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But luckily there were some immortals on hand to show us how its done.

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CHUCK YOUNG deadlifts 300 lbs

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But “BIG SEXY” JON HOFFMAN  shows us how to dominate it.

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Ray even got some table time in with MIKE COCHRAN of Wrist Wrench

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We want to thank everyone for coming out and supporting us and having a great time

Thanks!

-COUNTRY CRUSH FAMILY

Country’s Corner Interviews

Welcome to COUNTRY’S CORNER. This is a place where you will find the FEATURED ATHLETE of the month.
I had the privilage of interviewing the one and only Craig “ The Disciple” Soubliere!

FYI for future reference, if you are about to take this guy on  at the table you need to do three things first.

1. Buy the COUNTRY CRUSH or MONSTER CRUSH!

2. Eat all the Wheaties you can!

3. Train till you cant train any more!

Q & A session with Craig Soubliere

Q: How long have you been armwrestling? 
A: I started in December of 2012. So just a little over two years.

Q: Where do you see yourself in two years?  
A: Good question. As for armwrestling, my goal is to be on the elite level. I would like to win a national title, maybe even get the sport out there more by getting a big sponsor and show the world that armwrestling is the greatest sport on the planet.

(Soubliere and Dan Martin)

Q: Who got you into the sport of armwrestling?
A: I retired from bodybuilding November of 2012. I decided that I needed another sport to compete in, so I wanted to try armwrestling. Like everyone, I armwrestled as a young kid but never really got into it seriously. It’s kind of funny, because 31 years ago when I got into weight training I did it to get stronger at armwrestling. Funny how that all worked out!

Q: To date who would you say has given the disciple the toughest match of your career? 
A: My toughest match was against Stump Burton.

Q: What is the best advice you would give to a new puller? 
A: The best advice to a new puller is to stick with it. There’s alot of pain in the first couple of years but once you go through that the sport is truly amazing, and it gives you the opportunity to travel and meet some wonderful people and meet some really great athletes.

Q: What does your family think about armwrestling? 
A: My family thinks it’s pretty cool. My wife, Sara.. she supports me and is always there for me during my events. She likes it better than bodybuilding!

(Soubliere and his wife Sara)

Q: You are host of the nation’s premiere armwrestling radio show. How long have you been doing that?
A: It will be two years this June.

Q: Have any kids?
A: Nope. No kids.

Q: What armwrestler, new or old, has inspired you the most?
A: I would have to say Devon Larratt. His passion and love for the sport of armwrestling is truly awesome.

Well there you have it! A little glance at COUNTRY’S CORNER’S first Armwrestler of the month, Craig “ The Disciple” Soubliere. Tune into his radio show ARMWRESTLING NATION RADIO on mondays at 8 p.m. est!

(Craig Soubliere and Dicky Spiroff)

-James Orlando

Country’s Corner With Kyle Depew

This Month’s FEATURED ATHLETE of the month is a young man who is taking the arm-wrestling world by storm. This young puller hails from Escondido, California and is a disciple of Allen Fisher. Kyle has pulled wrestlers from three separate weight classes and completely dominated them. Beaten men twice the size of him self. Oh and he is only 14 years old.

Kyle Depew, 14 Escondido, California

      Q.Hey Kyle thanks for taking the time to talk to us at Country Crush. So lets get down to the nitty gritty. How long have you been involved in the sport of armwrestling?

A. I’ve arm wrestled my whole life. I’ve always had a connection with it at a very young age even before my dad happened to really get into it.

When the legendary Allen Fisher introduced my dad to the sport of armwrestling 6 years ago I had been armwrestling kids at school for a year and when I found out he was training with a pro I asked my dad to show me some tips I could use to beat the bigger guys.  I could beat everyone except those bigger guys who played a ton of sports, I mostly played Video games, used to draw and watched TV.

I’d ask for one tip everyday and that would be what I would work on. From the word GO I would make sure to be the first one to turn my wrist. The next day to make sure my wrist is higher than theirs.  Eventually I beat the bigger guys and no one wanted to arm wrestle.

I was reintroduced into the world of armwrestling last year, my dad decided to take me to an armwrestling tournament where I met world champions and professionals and that inspired me to get back into it. Over the time of a year I really gave up everyone I once liked, playing video games etc. and completely devoted my self to improving in the sport.

      Q. How many tournaments have you pulled in and what was your best finish?

A. So far I have pulled in seven (7) tournaments and my best experience wise was the PULL HOOK PRESS my dad put on at The GRINDERGYM. I got six (6) wins at that event and received 5 medals. I pulled in the 148’s, 165’s and 180’s amateur and open.

Q. How would you describe your preferred style of pulling. (Hook, Press, Top Roll etc.) Maybe give us a little insight on what strategies go through your mind when you step up to the table and during the match.

A. That is the hardest question for me when asked. A lot of it goes into what I want to do at that second on the table. I have developed the ability to be fully confident with whatever move I want to do as I feel them on the table. A lot of my style reflects off of the hundreds of people who have critiqued my moves. I find that everyone wants to give you a little bit of them-self when they work with you. I take everything people say. Analyze their moves. How my mind processes, I analyze moves and know what I want to do to combat it. This is why I tend to be better in practice pulling. It gives my time to analyze who I am about to pull with. My technique is the biggest thing I rely on because it is how I manage to beat these people who are stronger than me. My move I have been working on and trying to set is a versatile hook, exerting force in every direction, up, down to the side, just try to tire out the other persons arm. I also like to catch in the hook. My 2nd move is a backpressure Top Roll. My moves are often compared to the moves of Allen Fisher my Armwrestling coach.

Before a match I try to clear my head of another thoughts. I focus on harnessing my strength and controlling all my emotions into these blasts of power. As I get on the table I like to focus on the grip. It’s my scariest attribute in armwrestling. I mentally concentrate on beating that person. Imagine my self beating them.

  1. So my next question is, who is your biggest armwrestling inspiration.
    Q. Who would you love to pull one day and why? 

    A. My biggest inspiration is Allen Fisher and my dad Dave Depew. Allen has been armwrestling so long and always wants to give back to the sport. I inspire to love armwrestling the way he does. My dad is by far my biggest inspiration. He does everything he can in his power to make my family and I happy. He works a ton to support me and my dreams in the sport. He is always taking me to these big tournaments and being a great dad and role model in my life. He has certainly set the bar very high for me and I thank him for that.
  2. Well I would love the chance to pull Ethan Fritsche one day. There are so many people I wish to pull in my life but the next would be Ethan because obviously he is the prodigy of Cobra Rhodes and I the disciple of Allen Fisher.

       Q. Speaking of the Great Allen Fisher, being his disciple and all, do you bring the same intensity when you come up to the table?  Do you manhandle the table and try to psych the other guy out?

A. Psyching guys out is something I naturally do but I haven’t dome much experimenting trying to. I naturally have this beast inside of me. When Im in a tournament all of these emotions bundle up into raw power… I grasp ahold of this power and let it all out on the table. I shake the table; I scream I get fired up. I would say that my intensity has been compared to Fisher’s.

Q. So when someone finds out they have to pull you next…What should they be thinking? 

A. They should be thinking how they are gonna lose gracefully or that if they won…they beat a 14 year old…if they lose they lost to a 14 year old beast.


The Manimal Kyle Depew everyone!  He’s definitely not a boy but he’s not yet a  man..He is the beast.

-Mike Waterhouse

Scott Warren

We had the chance to sit down and interview two amazing brother’s in the sport of Armwrestling, Scott and AJ Warren.

We will start with Scott “The Ambassador” Warren (pictured on the right)

Congratulations Scott on being Country Crush’s co-arm wrestler for the month of March 2015!

Q. Who got you started in arm wrestling and how long ago?

A. I got started into arm wrestling by tagging along to watch my brother do it, and being persuaded into trying it my self after a few beers with Mr. Jamie Sheldon. 

Q. I’ve noticed that there’s the UAL, WAL and Elite, the newer league that’s based in Oregon. If I were to choose a league which would, in your opinion offer the best contract? Do the leagues pay the arm wrestlers? What are the differences between the three? 

A. I believe everyone knows my stand pretty well. I think it’s simple. Contracts before big money will destroy this sport. The leagues have single handedly divided the best in the US and mostly for next to nothing.  I wish all my brothers the best, if you had to pick a league..pick WAL..but my advice, sign no contracts, commit to no one but your self.  Herman Stevens is a prime example.

Q. How long have you been into Promoting Armwrestling events? 

A. I have been promoting only for half a year. I will be holding my 7th even in 6 months on April 11th 2015 in Norco, CA. hope to see everyone there! Thanks to my sponsor John Buxton for helping make this a great event!

Q. Do you think there should be a second season of Game of Arms, and if so, do you think the producers should choose different teams? 

A. Yes, Game of Arms was great entertainment in myopinion. I enjoyed it more than I do a show like Dancing With The Stars. So in my personal opinion, yes bring on season 2 and I hope it airs soon!

Q. So who is the older brother? 

A. Im older than AJ, 14 months apart.

Q. Are you married? Have kids?

A. No, not married but in love with a beautiful woman, whom I plan to marry. I have two beautiful daughters, ages 6 and 5

Q. Where were you born and raised?

A. Born and raised in Chino, CA.

Q. Were you into sports growing up? If so what were they? 

A. Yeah, I played Baseball from ages 4 till I was about 18, then I joined adult softball and played in the upper divisions until I met arm wrestling and decided I had to pick one because they dont mix. Clearly I picked Armwrestling.

Q. Any relation to the great Steve Warren? 

A. I don’t have any relation to Steve that I can be certian of. All I know of him is he was a great arm wrestler and is a  great individual.

Q. Where do you see your self in 5 years?

A. Married, have a home and multi national left handed armwrestling titles.

Q. What advice would you give amateur arm wrestlers? 

A. Best advice anyone can give you, when you go practice DO NOT DRINK! If you want to learn you must keep your mind, ears and eyes open, keep your mouth shut. Don’t tell a pro what you think has worked for you, just do what he or she tells you to do and you WILL see results.

Q. What training tools other than the COUNTRY CRUSH would you recommend training with?

A. When you get started nothing suffices your training needs like actually pulling. It takes time to learn how to replicate those movements in the gym. So in my opinion do your normal workout hit all of your muscles, then pay attention to what movements you do in armwrestling and how you can recreate them in your weight training.

Q. Who to date was your toughest match? 

A. I havent had a tough match left handed.. Those are over in a second. But right handed, my toughest match was Mr. Lynn Brower, that man is a legend of the sport and my win right handed on him is an achievement ill carry for a long time.

One last question. What arm wrestler, dead or alive, has influenced you the most. 

A. Most influential armwrester to me was probably Don McClary. That man has ,ade me an official family member. I can always force him to teach me, and count on him to be stage side at my matches, coaching me through and getting just as upset as my self when I lose a match because I didn’t listen.

Thanks for the interview, KEEP CRUSHING IT! 

-James Orlando

AJ Warren

AJ Warren is our Co-Armwrestler of the month with his brother Scott  from Chino, California. I had a chance to speak with AJ about his career so far in the sport.

So now lets see why the guys in his weight class have to worry about him.

Q. So how long have you been Armwrestling?

A. Not very long. I showed up to the CA State Championship in June or July of 2013. Before that I had never competed, and really only heard of John Brzenk and Travis Bagent..Guys like them. I had no clue there was an entire underground community of arm wrestlers all over the world.

Q. Who introduced you to the sport?

A. Well, I’d say my dad gave me the passion for armwrestling. But as far as the competition aspect, I was probably just like every other new guy.. I thought I was good because I beat all of my friends so I just went online and searched for a tournement which ended up being the California States. I didnt expect to just show up and beat everyone..I thought I would do well but I definetly never pictured the pros being THAT much better than me. My first match was with Mike Wildey, I think he probably had to pull up three classes just to be in my class and I beat him by my weight advantage I believe. My second and third marches were to Scott Partington and he flashed the crap out of me. I had NO clue speed was even relevant in armwrestling. My mind was simply BLOWN!

Q. Where do you see yourself in armwrestling 5 years from now?

A. 5 years from now? Atleast a national title, working for one alot sooner than that hopefully

JO: ‘You’ll get it and I hope I’m there to see it.”

AJ: Thanks dude, I sacrifice alot to train the way I do and still manage my work schedule. I usually get 4-5 hours of sleep on work days, and thats with nothing but my commute, work and gym. No going out, no watching tv…Its a very boring and exhausting life but thats what it takes to be the best.

Q. Who to date would you say has given you the toughest match? 

A. My toughest match I would have to say has been Scott Wynn. I think our record right now is tied up at 2-2 RH with him having the last win. But every match with him is just brutal. Our strength has got to be just about equal, and our styles are very similiar. We both go straight to a deep hook then it’s a war! He is just so much more technical than me it is very painful to pull him. Any mistakes I make he takes advantage of and it usually ends up feeling like i’m trying to escape an arm bar and win a match at the same time. As far as what I train with it kind of Depends what type of training I’m doing at the time. I’m constantly changing things and trying to balance my general strength and conditioning with armwrestling. I recently tore the ulnar collateral ligament in my right wrist so im just coming back from a little break to let it recover some and really taking it easy on my wrist and fingers. Right now my training is really basic with some extra rehabilitation for my wrist. I still use the small WRIST WRENCH and the karate belt regularly with light weights, advoiding all of the gat grips and heavy wrist and finger curls. Really trying to focus on recovering fully, increasing general strength and from there I will reintroduce the more strenuous armwrestling training; GULLEY GRIP, COUNTRY CRUSH and Fat Gripz.

Q. Who would you say was the arm wrester..dead or alive that has influenced you the most? 

A. I could probably name a few but if i had to pick one, definitely Corey Miller. He’s a perfect example of what I believe every person is capable of but 99.9% will never achieve. He has no genetic gifts for arm wrestling, nothing freaky about him. He has achieved everything with a ridiculous work ethic. I think anyone who says they can’t be a world champion is only right with that attitude. I know that there are genetically gifted people who can do well without trying so hard, but i’m a firm believer that you can have anything you want if you’re willing to do what it takes to achieve it. Training and dieting to achieve a huge goal is not always fun, or easy, after a while it just sucks somedays..Somdays to eat and train and study like a crazy person. But staying focus whether it’s enjoyable or not on those days it’s what separates the champions from the losers in my opinion. Not their genetic make up.

Q. What advie would you give a amateur arm wrestler? 

A. I thnk Devon Larratt said it best “Stay Healthy and Don’t Quit.” It’s so easy to rack up injuries by thinking you can climb the ladder faster by training harder, heavier, etc….and of cource training hard is important don’t get me wrong…but you have to keep in mind alot of tendons and ligaments in your hands, wrist and elbows that we use in armwrestling are small…probably never been condiitioned for this kind of stain and can be easily injured. Just listen to your body. Find a team, coach, coaches..Someone that can guide you through the beginners phase safely and LISTEN to them. There are new arms breaking left and right lately and usually they’ve been preventable. Also a secret tool that every new armwrestler need to have if they ever want to do well in this sport…It’s called losing! You have to understand that there is no lose, and there never will be. So to get upset over a loss is foolish. But its probably the best way to learn. I take every loss as a free lession and if its a loss to someone I know I should beat then it’s a free lession and akick in the backside to remind me why I don’t deserve to miss a day at the gym.

Q. What do you do the most..Lift weigths or table time right before a match?

A. Usually before a tournament I will stay off the table for about two weeks. Starting one week out I will switch to lighter gym training, and usually rest for 3 or 4 days. I’m always experimenting with my training though, so if you ask me again in a couple months it will be completely different im sure.

JO: Well thanks bro for your time. It was truly an honor interviewing you. I Learned alot about the sport.

Take Care! 

James Orlando.
TEAM CRUSHING IT!

Jeff Dabe

(Photo Credit: WALUNDERGROUND.COM)

James Orlando had the chance to sit down with the Minnesota Phenomenon Jeff “Popeye” Dabe

 

Q. So when did you start arm wrestling?

A. I started 1981 my senior year in high school and did it for about 4 years.

JO. So you arm wrestled from 1981 to approximately 1985.Then what year did you come back to the sport?

JD. I believe it was 2012. In the fall Josh Handeland held a tournament in a local tavern, we just went to watch and Josh talked me back into it.

Q. Now what do find different from when you competed in the 80’s?

A. In the 80’s it was alot of brute strength now there’s alot of technique involved.

Q. So who got you started in Arm wrestling the first time?

A. My neighbor Bob Martin showed me and I was the first to beat him he was a crazy fun guy.

Q. What do you want to achieve in the next couple of years?

A. I like doing this for fun,but I would like to be in the top 4.I would love to give. Travis Bagent a match even if I didn’t beat him.I’ll be 52 in June I don’t really train.So it’s fun just to hold my own.

JO. Your still a young man remember we’re all old and young to someone lol.

JD. So true.

JO. Some of your top arm wrestlers are in their 50s Allen Fisher,Richard Lupkes,John Brzenk and so on.

 

 

Q. So where were you raised

A. I grew up in Hugo MN.We had a farm and lived on a lake and I use to row everyday when I was young.I graduated from Lake high school. My coach took us to a arm wrestling tournament for charity.

I beat everyone then stayed at it but these guys stayed at it and train daily.

Q. What does your wife think about you armwrestling?

A. She loves it she screams and yells at me when I’m pulling.Plus we get to do some traveling.

Q. Now isn’t that worth the training?

A.Yes i’d say its worth it.

 

 

Q. What devices do you use to train with?

A. I use a band hooked to a door knob and pull on it while watching tv also a pipe with a rope and a weight on it but only a few times.I’m not much for weight training.I like doing outside chores on our hobby farm.

Q. So do you train with Joseph Drellack?

A. Yes! He’s a nice guy and does awesome video’s.He got us on fox 9 on the fly show from the video’s he took with me in them.Kelsey from the show saw the videos and asked us both to be on the show.(You can find these videos on YouTube).

Q. What advice would you give a beginner?

A. I think it would be to watch and learn it’s alot of focus..Don’t be afraid to ask questions!!

Q. What armwrestler dead or alive inspires you the most?

A. Rick Rude I use to pullwith him back in the 80’s. He’s the one that told me what I needed to do to beat Scott Norton.

JD. I’m in the MN armwreastling Hall of fame that Josh Handeland put up.

JO. That’s cool I GOT TO INTERVIEW A LIVING LEGEND!!

JD. I might be living but not sure about a legend,haha

JO. Well in my book your a legend.

Q. So what’s on your hobby farm?

A. Horse’s, one goat out of 8,couple of dogs, 4 cats and 100 Koi and goldfish.

JO. I want to thank you for taking time out to show us a little bit of your life,it was TRULY AN HONOR and I hope that we get to meet one day.Your a awesome friend and ARMWRESTLER..

Kayley Lewis

Country Crush recently had the chance to speak with phenom from Conneticut, rising women’s star Kayley Lewis!

Q. So Kayley, how old are you?

KL. I just turned 14.

Q. At what age did you become interested in the sport of armwrestling and why?

KL. At age 13, last year and because my dad competes as well.

Q. Who is your biggest inspiration in the sport?

KL. My teammate, Cathy Merrill. She is a multi-time national champion, and she is always helping me in one way or another. Also, my coach, Badger Drewes from Granite Arms. He pushes me hard to do my best.  .

Q. If there was one person you could meet involved in the sport, who would it be?

KL. Lincoln Hawk…Does that Count?

 

 

Q. What do your friends think of your passion for armwrestling?

KL. They are indifferent to it. But that is because they haven’t seen it. I brought my friend, Hannah, to practice one day and got her on the table. She did well and thought it was a lot of fun.

Q. Do any of them try to challenge you?

KL. The boys do, but they don’t know what what a top roll is, haha

Q. Who are your biggest fans and supporters?

KL. My parents would be.

Q. What are some of your training secrets?

KL. It’s not really a secret, but I’ve been doing karate for about five years now. I compete at tournaments in sparring, forms, weapons, and board breaking. I’m also on the demo team, and an assistant instructor at my dojo, Body Works. I think a lot of the fitness and discipline I get from karate has helped me in arm wrestling.

 

 

Q. Do you train with any special equipment?

KL. Yes, I use my dad’s stuff. Mostly, the Wrist Wrench, the yellow ball handgrips, and the Country Crush.

Q. Tell us what some of your biggest wins are.

KL. My first tournament at the Maine State Championship in March, 2015. I took second place in kids 13-16, and third place in women’s novice right hand, 0-145 lb.

Q. What advice would you give to someone who wanted to begin competing in armwrestling?

KL. Be serious about your training, don’t goof around with the equipment, and put a lot of effort into your training. But mostly, just have fun.

Q. Who would you like to arm wrestle and get a win over?

KL. Dawson Lane from Maine, and Alexia Maxwell from Rhode Island. They are both great arm wrestlers.

 

Joe Musselwhite

I had the privilege of interviewing Joe Musselwhite for the Country Crush and I hope that you enjoy what you read.

 

(Joe Musselwhite, pictured with some of his collection)

(Q) Are you married and have children?

(A) Family/Marriage: I am married to my amazing wife Tonya and I have 3 (grown) children. Kristi, Shane and Cody .

(Q) When did you start your Grip Museum?

(A) I started my Grip Museum officially in early 2012 and it has been an ongoing project with NEW grippers from donations to my own purchases. Many people think that I sell grippers but I do NOT! I am a collector and I have a deep passion for ALL things Grip!

 

(Q) What do you think about steroids?

(A) My position on steroids is pretty simple and straightforward! I try to deal with reality and not what I would I wish or would like things to be. With that being said there’s one thing for certain that one can say concerning steroids and that is “Steroids are never going away and rather one uses them or not is a CHOICE”! One thing people seem to forget is that steroids have many uses besides performance enhancement. They are also used in therapeutic cases were an individual cannot produce enough testosterone to maintain a normal level for a healthy lifestyle. This is especially true for males over 45 years of age that begin a natural decline in testosterone levels to a point that it becomes a health concern. Not enough testosterone can be as unhealthy as an individual that abuses steroids and maintains supra normal levels that throws an individual’s system totally out of balance! When someone introduces a substance exogenously (derived externally) to their bodies then it throws something else out of balance and there has to be a compensation. This is where people get into trouble mainly because they have followed non-medical advice or they have failed to research the substances they have chosen to use. Bottom line is if you make a choice to use steroids then at least make an informed decision by seeing a doctor that specializes in Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) and avoid all the bro science out there that is getting people into trouble and leaving them worse off than when they started! One of the biggest issues I currently see is people deciding to use steroids and they never get any blood work done whatsoever! This is flirting with disaster! Plain and simple!

I guess I could put it like this: CHOICE, EDUCATE, CONSEQUENCES! You make a CHOICE. You EDUCATE yourself as much as possible and then determine if the CONSEQUENCES outweigh the benefits. If the consequences outweigh the benefits then your CHOICE should be obvious!

 

(Q) What do you think about The Country Crush handle?

(A) The Country Crush Handle changed everything for me and much of my training! The CC handle has many positive things going for it! 1) Variety in handle diameters! This is a huge benefit especially when you can interchange handle diameters without having to purchase a separate base unit. 2) The positioning of the handles is ideal for so many applications especially for the competitive arm wrestler! The position of the handles on the unit closely mimic your hand position when AW’ing. 3) Durable and well built! 4) Portability which allows one to take the CC Handle to the gym or to a training session elsewhere! 5) Multi-purpose, meaning one can use the CC Handle instead of conventional implements to train the same movements/exercises. For example, seated rowing, seated or standing pull downs, pull-ups, 2 handed deadlifts, wrist curls with band attachments and so many more! One thing I especially like is attaching bands to the CC Handle and performing my movements with a different type of resistance that more closely mimics the elastic composition of muscle tissue! To me this is a huge benefit of attaching bands (overcoming a resistance) instead of weights (overcoming gravity).

(Q) What are your thoughts on the Country Crush adjustable load pin?

(A) The Country crush Adjustable Loading Pin is a great addition to the Country Crush lineup for several reasons: 1) the height of the pin is adjustable to allow for more or less weight. 2) The upright pin is the standard 1” diameter but the support plate welded to the bottom of the shaft is large enough to accommodate Olympic size plates as well! I personally tested this adjustable weight pin with 350 pounds in both static and dynamic situations and the pin never gave any indication of failure of any type! Based on my own testing and experience with the CC adjustable weight pin I can say that I believe it’s a WINNER!

 

(Q) What devices would you recommend for maximum grip strength?

(A) Depending on what aspects of grip strength (crushing, pinch, support, etc) you are speaking of there are many devices that allow one to train for maximum grip strength. For example, any type of thick bar (revolving or non-revolving) implements give great results for increasing one’s overall grip strength and it carries over nicely to the other areas of grip as well! Another example would be pinch training with block weights rather they be blobs, steel block weights, loadable blocks, weight plates with smooth sides out, etc. This in my opinion is one of the most effective ways to strengthen ones grip overall for several reasons: 1) one can vary the thickness of the implements to train specific ranges of motion from narrow to wide. 2) Many exercise can be performed with a pinch specific grip. For example one could perform plate curls which trains a specific component of the grip and the wrist. Deadlifts can be performed with a pinch grip if you have a Apollon’s Axle or a similar device perhaps made from a wooden plank or even attach pinch blocks to weight pegs. It boils down to one’s imagination really! It’s never about the device or implement! It’s about the training method(s) one uses that is optimal for that individual at that specific time. As one progresses the variables can and will change. So again it boils down to what’s optimal for the individual based on their unique and specific needs. Lastly, none of what I just stated really matters if one is not consistent! I cannot emphasis consistency enough in one’s training! Consistency beats intensity every time!!!

(Q) Where would you rank the Country Crush handle amongst the other handles out there?

(A)   As far as rating the Country Crush Handle amongst all the other handles out there (most of which are in my collection) I would have to honestly say that each and every handle has its own unique and specific function. I don’t believe in stating there’s a BEST grip implement out there! It’s just not an accurate statement because what may be best for one individual may not be best for the next individual! Plus there is so many factors one would have to sort out to conclude that there’s a BEST implement out there! A better question would be, BEST for whom and for what specific need? What may be a need today may not be a need in 3 months. Hope this makes sense!

(Q) How long have you been collecting grip devices?

(A) I have been collecting grip devices since the early 90’s. My mentor and dear friend Richard Sorin gave me my first taste of the Grip Addiction and I have been addicted ever since! It all started when Richard sent me a series of grip articles from various magazines. I already had several original Iron Man grippers I had bought from Warren Tetting (which I now regret selling or giving them away back in the day)! Then I started to buying grippers here and there and the next thing I know I have a bunch of grippers and grip devices so I thought why not just collect them? The accumulation of all these grippers gave rise to the idea to start my Grip Museum like I did in early 2012. Instead of just storing them in boxes or leaving them lying around I thought why not display them where others can see and appreciate them as well? Now I have the World’s Largest Private Collection of Hand Grippers/Grips which I officially established on September 1st of 2014. At that time the collection had 338 hand grippers from 17 different countries with over 40 brand names. Now the collection is over 400 hand grippers! This is not counting the hundreds of other grip devices and implements I have in the collection as well as a fairly large collection of historical literature, magazines, books, pictures, cards, etc.

(Q) Have you thought about arm wrestling?

(A)   It’s funny you asked if I have thought about arm wrestling! I just assumed you knew that I’m a retired professional arm wrestler and I was a silver medalist (2nd place) in the 1991 AAA Stand Up Nationals in the men’s RH, 90kg weight class in Houston Texas. I arm wrestled from 1979 to 1994. I retired due to shoulder issues from years of pulling and training for arm wrestling. I then begin to referee numerous tournaments of which one was a Texas State Tournament. I would not take for my experiences that I had from my arm wrestling career! I met and trained with so many great pullers and made many lifelong friends! I guess I am considered the older generation of pullers along with other names such as the Patton brothers, Cleve Dean, John Brzenk, Johnny Walker, Al Turner, Bobby Hopkins, Wes Atkins, James Anderson (my mentor in arm wrestling), and so many more!

(Q) In your opinion who has or has the greatest grip?

(A) Who has the greatest grip of All time and who has the greatest grip currently is a difficult question to answer without any qualifiers such as what area of grip so the most accurate answer I can give you is who I believe was strong in nearly all areas of grip. Past greatest from my own research and opinion would have to be Herman Goerner!  He had enormous grip strength in all areas of grip! In crushing strength he squeezed a whopping 300+ lbs. on a Collins Grip Dynamometer that was brand new! Edgar Mueller pulled one out of his pocket as a surprise challenge for Herman to see what he could squeeze! Herman gave it a mighty squeeze and in an instant they heard a metallic click and they further noticed that the needle had went all the way around  back to zero! After close inspection Edgar realized that Herman not only pegged the dynamometer  but he broke it! Herman also pinched 111 lbs with one hand and it seemed as if he didn’t even try according to Edgar Muller in his book, Goerner The Mighty. The weight consisted of weight plates with a wooden peg running the center of the plates to hold them together. The most amazing  grip feat that Herman did was a one hand deadlift of 727 lbs. which to date has not even come close by anyone! It should be noted that this was on a revolving type bar at that the time! So you have the 3 main areas of grip (crushing, pinch, supporting) covered in these 3 feats alone not to mention many other grip feats he performed in his career! For the current greatest grip in my estimation would have to be Laine Snook from England! I am in no way disrespecting or trying to exclude many other super strong grip athletes of today I am simply stating my opinion based on my own research and what I have witnessed on video and from witnesses present at the time of his grip feats! Laine has enormous strength in all areas of grip! He has cleaned the Thomas inch DB! Lifted both Millenium DB’s at the same time! Squeezed a level 21 on a Vulcan Hand gripper! Pinch lifted the Blobzilla! Lifted 350+ on  Rolling thunder type handle and many more feats that could be mentioned. All one has to do is check out his feats on YouTube and then decide for themselves and compare to other top grip strength athletes! Now if we are talking pound for pound grip athletes  then this changes everything as we have the enormous grip feats from the likes of Bob Sundin, Adam T. Glass, Andrew Durniat, Eric Milfeld and a fast rising and ultra strong Darrin Shallman!

 

I hope this has satisfied your inquiries and questions and I feel honored and privileged to have been asked for this interview for the Country Crush Team! Thanks so much for this opportunity! It has been sheer joy answering your questions!

Stay Strong and Have a Grip Day!!!

I want to say thank you Joe Musselwhite for taking time out of your schedule to let us into the mind of a grip expert. I hope that one day we get to meet.

Interviewed by, James Orlando

Mike Ayello

First I would like to thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to let people into your life. I’m looking forward to learning what it takes to become an elite athlete like yourself. So here we go.

(Q)How long have you been arm wrestling?

(A) I have been arm wrestling professionally for 7 years.

(Q)Who got you started?

(A)I got myself started. I worked security at clubs and bars in NYC and I used to beat all the other bouncers, so I saw a tournament online and I entered the amateur class and went undefeated. 12-0 that

was actually the first time I saw an arm wrestling table. That was April 2009. Next tournament I pulled pro.

(Q)What arm wrestler dead or alive has inspired you the most?

(A)The puller that inspired me the most was Richard Lupkes, watched old YouTube videos of him in 1980s gym pants at the sit down tournaments jacked out of his mind and smashing people.

(Q)What kind of equipment do you use?

(A)I’m not a huge equipment guy when I train arm wrestling, but I do like the country crush and top roller.

 (Q)What do you think about the Country Crush Handle?

(A) The country crush handle is a very innovative piece of equipment, it really works your hands wrist and forearms, I definitely advise everyone to incorporate this into their workouts.

(Q)What are your thoughts on the use of steroids in the sport and do you think they should ban them? 

(A)It’s a complicated issue and a moral issue. Obviously steroids are in every sport, has been for over 50 years, it’s a personal choice if you want to use or not. Everyone wants an edge and being in a sport where power is 70% of you winning people will do what they have to do to win. Period. No I do not think they should be banned.

(Q)Now there’s WAL,PAL,UAL and so on. What do think about leagues and arm wrestler contracts?

(A) I am signed to WAL for 5 years, and I’m very happy I did. Steve Kaplan is a fair guy, lets us pull in tournaments that are not UAL, PAL which is fine, I mean I was invited to ZLOTY TUR. And Vendetta this year but wasn’t allowed. Whatever that’s the business end I guess, all good.

So are you excited about your super match with Robbie Topie at the Battle In The Desert 2 in September?

(A) I cant wait for this tournament its going to be sick. I’m pulling Robbie Topie (Righty) thank god lol but the amount of talent that will be there is going to be epic. Probably best tournament of 2016

   (Q)Where do you see the Sport in 5 years? 

(A) I see it growing, there’s a ton of talent coming out.

 (Q) Do you think the tv show Game Of Arms boosted the sport?

(A)GOA has definitely boosted the sport big time. we. had over 1 million viewers and it showed people  what.   arm wrestling is all about. I was glad to be part of it.

(Q)What do you think would help arm wrestling become a mainstream sport like football,soccer,baseball,and basketball?

(A)I hope so! I wouldn’t mind a multi million dollar deal , tanning and waxing gets expensive!

(Q)How long have you been married? 

(A)Married to my wife Lenore for 12 years.

(Q)How many kids do you have? 

(A)We have 3 boys.

(Q)Where did you go to high school at?

(A) I went to Bayside High School in queens NY ..no I didn’t go to school with Zack Morris and A.C slater.

Well there’s a small part of Mikes life , I hope that you enjoy and learn what it takes to be an Elite  athlete.