About a year later, I came across some Ironmind equipment on Craigslist followed by Rogue Cannonball and Grandfather Clock grips.
The past few months have been over the top as I wanted to train for the 2023 King Kong Grip Contest which featured Otevoima Kuula, Ironmind 6" Block, FBBC Crusher and FBBC Jug. That little escapade set me back $270 and I ended up with a Finnish trainer from Arm Assassins Strength Shop.
There are a lot of suppliers of grip implements including, but certainly not limited to:
- Rogue Fitness
- Arm Assassins
- Fat Bastard Barbell Company
- Grip Genie
- Gods of Grip
- Surplus Strength
With that said, unless you are training for competition, you do not need any particular implement to develop a strong grip.
As I have started training for King Kong, I am getting tired of swapping out the weights and the pins. The issue is my relative strength:
- IronMind Block - 12.5 pounds
- Finnish Ball - 17.5 pounds (2022 King Kong winner 104#)
- Crusher - 75 pounds (2022 King Kong winner 253#)
- Jug - 60 pounds
It may seem trivial, but I want to get some more carabiners and loading pins. Carabiners are $3-$4 each depending on size. I would want a minimum of 3 inch and a maximum of 4 inch. One can pay $9-$12 for them as well. Some of the larger ones will not be compatible with small loading pins.
Loading pins are designed for 1 inch plates (standard) or 2 inch plates (Olympic). They are fairly inexpensive with prices from $20 to $40 for most. The length is variable from 12" to 24". My current loading pin is 12 inches and designed for Olympic plates. The Finnish Ball is usually contested with a rigid connection.
Arm Assassins Strength Shop Wish List:
Loading Pin - Grabhold - $25 - 15" Olympic with ability to do rigid connections
Loading Pin - 12 Inch Olympic $25
Vertical Bar - 1" Olympic - $25
Banner - $25
Carabiner - 3" - $3.50
Carabiner - 3.5" - $4.00
Carabiner - 4" - $5.00
Napalm Handles 2-3/8" single - $18
These guys have the most reasonable prices and fast shipping.
Fat Bastard Barbell Company
I like the innovation of Fat Bastard Barbell Company and think I should just suck it up and pay the higher prices and wait for my stuff to arrive.
Contest Loading Pin - $40
Omni Loading Pin - $45
Specific to King Kong Grip Contest
Otevoima Finnish Ball - 35 Euros
Otevoima Anchor - 20 Euros
ship to European address?
ship to US - 45 Euros
LFG loading pin with carabiner - $23.99 (Olympic) or $15.99 (Standard)