by Al Myers
The first lift conducted in the USAWA Grip Championships will be the Pinch Grip. This lift is in the rulebook under “Special Equipment Lifts”. The reason for this is that the “special equipment” is the plates themselves – as that is what is used to pinch to make the lift. The USAWA rules for the Pinch Grip are as follows:
I15. Pinch Grip
The setup for this lift requires two metal plates joined together with smooth surfaces facing outward. A bar may be placed between the plates to hold them together, and should be long enough to add plates to it. Front hang or back hang is allowed to the loading of the center bar. Collars should be used on this bar. The lifter’s fingers must not touch any added plates. The width of the two plates joined together must be between 2 ¼ inches and 2 ½ inches. The lifter will straddle the weight, with the weight being placed in front of the lifter. Width of feet placement is optional, but the feet must be parallel and in line with the torso. Feet must not move during the lift, but the heels and toes may rise. The lifter will then grip the plates with both hands on the top of both plates. The palms of the hands must be facing the lifter. The lift begins at the lifter’s discretion. The weight must be lifted to a point where the lifter’s legs are straight and the body upright. Once the weight is motionless, an official will give a command to lower the weight.
At the Grip Champs, we will use two old york 45# plates as the “gripping plates” with a VB holding them together. You will like these plates for this lift because these are the old “milled” York Plates. If you don’t know why these are better, you soon will when you get your mitts on them. I do have some 35# plates if less weight is going to be lifted. I also want to emphasize that the only substance that may be used on the hands is chalk. I will be watching this closely!! The rules do not specify whether the arms can be bent or not – so that means they may be bent during the lift.
Below are the Overall Mens USAWA records in the Pinch Grip. I expect to see several of these get broken at the USAWA Grip Championships!!!
|70||100||Howard, Colby||5/23/1999||99 Super Grip Challenge|
|75||135||Jaeschke, Jon||10/18/2003||2003 Super Grip Challenge|
|80||150||Jaeschke, Chris||10/19/2002||2002 SuperGrip|
|85||190||Wagman, Dan||12/1/2012||2012 Gracie Club RD|
|90||170||Goetsch, Troy||5/20/2012||2012 Jobes Steel Jungle RD|
|95||170||Fulton, Doug||5/23/1999||99 Super Grip Challenge|
|100||162||Edwards, Ben||2/12/2011||2011 Grip Championships|
|105||204||Glass, Adam||3/3/2012||2012 Minnesota Meet|
|110||170||Capello, Mac||5/20/2012||2012 Jobes Steel Jungle RD|
|115||175||Carlton, Brian||9/16/2001||2001 Supergrip Challenge|
|120||200||Graham, Matt||10/19/2002||2002 SuperGrip|
|125||200||Graham, Matt||10/18/2003||2003 Super Grip Challenge|
|125+||252||Mitchell, Mark||2/12/2012||2012 Dino Gym Record Day|
NOTES: The record lift are recorded in pounds.