Northwest Grip Challenge Workout Results
September 29, 2002
|COC for time||RT||Trap Machine hold||Points||Place|
|Jim McIntyre||36||66||48.5||#1||52.75 (#1)||171||1:16.40||42.5||1st|
|Mark Wechter||31||43.5||46||#2||31.42 (#2)||168.5||1:28.63||39.5||2nd|
|Morgan Guthner||32||61||36||#2||35.20 (#2)||201||1:14.72||39||3rd|
|Tod Becraft||39||51||46||#2||23.22 (#2)||161||1:19.80||38.5||4th|
|Vince Eldridge||37||43.5||38.5||#1||40.72 (#1)||183.5||1:22.47||31||5th|
|Joe Shaffer||25||48.5||41||#1||24.20 (#1)||161||56.10||24.5||tie for 6th|
|Paul Imholt||30||51||48.5||#1||12.74 (#1)||131||45.21||24.5||tie for 6th|
|Julie Havelka||27||36||41||#1||47.49 (#1)||128.5||51.51||18||tie for 8th|
|Mike Barney||35||43.5||41||#1||32.0 (#1)||146||---||18||tie for 8th|
After the pinch grip events, we moved on to Ironmind's Captains of Crush grippers, No. 1, 2 and 3. We started with everyone attempting the #1, then moved on to the #2. Three of the ten competitors closed the #2. Only two men attempted the #3, one of them being Morgan Guthner. Morgan gave it a good shot, and is just a hair away from closing the #3. His determination is high - he will soon close the #3. Tod Becraft also attempted the #3. Tod is closer now on the #3 than he has ever been. Within time, Tod will also close the #3. The second part of the CoC event involved holding the grippers closed for time, with a scarf held in between the handles. When the scarf dropped, the timer stopped. Everyone who closed the #2 held the #2 for time, and everyone who only closed the #1 held the #1 for time. The scoring was set up so that if you were in the #2 group, you would receive higher points than the people in the #1 group. People dug deep and gave it their all. This is not a fun event - it's a challenge in the mind. Notable times were done by Morgan Guthner, Mark Wechter and Tod Becraft on the #2: all three men were within seconds of each other. Jim McIntyre held the #1 the longest with 52 seconds. Julie Havelka, the sole female in the contest, came in second on the #1 hold with 47 seconds. Mike Barney gave it his all on this event, as well as the other events. Mike is always great to have around for intensity and positive energy!
After about 10 minutes rest, it was onto the Rolling Thunder. The Rolling Thunder is a rotating handle that is 2 3/8 inches in diameter. A regular gym barbell is 1 inch in diameter, so that gives you and idea of how hard this lift is. A few of the competitors had not used the RT before, and one was overheard saying 'This ought to be interesting!' And interesting it was. Many people set personal records. Vince Eldridge, who drove 3 1/2 hours down from Washington set a 12.5 lb personal best with a good lift of 183.5 lbs. Vince is a 700+ lb deadlifter, and recently deadlifted 751 lbs in competition. Joe Shaffer shattered the NW Lightweight RT record of 147 lbs with a strong 161 lb lift. This was Joe's first time on the RT. Julie set the NW women's record at the 2001 NW Rolling Thunder Championships with a 111 lb lift. She reset it this year with a 128.5 lb lift. Becca Swanson, the world's strongest female powerlifter, holds the current World Record in the RT with 135 lbs. Julie is inspired by Becca's lift and hopes to break it someday! The biggest excitement of the RT lifting came with Morgan's easy 201 lb lift. This is the first time the 200 lb barrier has officially been broken in Oregon. Morgan had more in him and plans to work on the RT hard between now and April, when the next RT competition will take place in Spokane, WA. Wesley Kampen of Monster Muscle Magazine will be hosting the competition.
The final event of the day was probably the most grueling. Hammerstrength's trap machine was chosen to simulate the sustaining grip of a car deadlift hold. Five 45 lb plates were added to each side of the machine, for a total of 450 lbs. No straps were allowed - only belts and chalk. The best time was set by Mark Wechter with 1:28.63. Dave Fish set a personal best and beat a few others in the process. This lift, simulating a car deadlift hold for time, is all about mental toughness. You have to first want it in your mind before your body will endure the lift. Top US Strongman Phil Pfister, who has been on the World's Strongest Man TV Show more than once, is a master at this type of grip event. Phil says 'Take your mind there and your body will follow.' So everyone had to dig deep for this event - and we saw who had the strongest mind and sustaining grip when the dust settled (chalk dust that is!)
The awards were then handed out. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place all received certificates commemorating
the event along with their placing. 2nd place received an 18 inch barbarian knife with leather
case. 1st place received an 18 inch folding knife with leather case. Both knives had metal
plaques on the cases naming the event. There was also a cup trophy awarded to the biggest Rolling
Thunder lift. Jim McIntyre took 1st place with 42.5 points. Mark Wechter took 2nd with 39.5 points,
and Morgan Guthner took 3rd with 39 points. Right behind Morgan was Tod Becraft with 38.5 points!
As you can see, the points were close enough that every lb or second made all the difference in the
competitors' final placings. The contest was such a success, we plan to hold something similar
every year. Again we'd like to thank Noel Fuller at Jungle Gym for his continual support of
our strength events!