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Best pinch block width for training for the inch

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LaTutaIconBest pinch block width for training for the inch26-07-2017 @ 19:44 
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Hi,

i want to buy myself a pinch block to train my thumb. My goal is to lift a solid globe inch dumbbell and getting better at fat gripz deadlift.
There are pinch blocks with 50mm and 100mm width. What would be better for a 2.5" thickbar deadlift?

Thank you
scruffmcbuffIcon...26-07-2017 @ 19:50 
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It really does depend on what body height you intend to compete at.
LaTutaIcon...26-07-2017 @ 19:52 
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6 foot 8 at least. Because of the large hand advantage.
I would only compete at 5 foot 4 for bench....
unit94Icon...26-07-2017 @ 19:56 
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I'd reccomend getting yourself some fat gripz the red ones and putting that on a dumbbell, will carry over more for the inch
LaTutaIcon...26-07-2017 @ 19:58 
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I already have them. But Paul Savage told me once, that training pinch would be very helpful for that matter too.
PaulSavageIcon...27-07-2017 @ 03:58 
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Post Edited: 27.07.2017 @ 03:58 AM by PaulSavage
LaTuta said:I already have them. But Paul Savage told me once, that training pinch would be very helpful for that matter too.

I will have told you to do plate pinch, not block pinch. This is more of an accessory for inch dumbbell lifting though. Nowadays its easy to train for the inch very specifically - find the nearest exercise 4 less gym to you and sign up (maybe barter the starting costs down) then all you need is a fat gripz and you essentially have a s**t ton of inch dumbbells from 2kg to 75kg to train on. Any other gym with solid dumbbells to this heavy will do too.
ChrisMcCarthyIcon...27-07-2017 @ 10:20 
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From memory the Inch is 2.47" in diameter - I'd train that thickness (62 - 63mm or so).
LaTutaIcon...27-07-2017 @ 11:25 
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Thank you for your replies.
I have everything there for training. I will do plate pinch then.
But how should i train with the fat gripz ? The last time i tried could lift a 72.5kg dumbbell with the blue fat gripz. The last couple of training sessions before my pause i did fat gripz DOH holds with a barbell 100kg for half a minute. Also got 100kg x 8 reps deadlifting DOH with the orange fat gripz.
Based on these numbers, could you give me an example for a short routine, as i don't really know how i should train. I never know when its too much or how i could increase volume or weights without overdoing it.
FAT_SAMIcon...27-07-2017 @ 14:28 
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If you have smaller hands you really need to 'Pinch the inch' to lift it. I did one hand pinches with 2x20kg plates smooth sides out to get the thumb strength to get the inch lifted.
ChrisMcCarthyIcon...27-07-2017 @ 15:25 
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Scoop it up with the Wrists. Happy
unit94Icon...27-07-2017 @ 15:27 
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FAT_SAM said:If you have smaller hands you really need to 'Pinch the inch' to lift it. I did one hand pinches with 2x20kg plates smooth sides out to get the thumb strength to get the inch lifted.


It's funny you say that cos when I lifted the inch I was nowhere near pinching 2 20's
macrothIcon...27-07-2017 @ 15:38 
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The standard blue FG are nominally 2.25 inches in diameter. I imagine the red ones (FG Extreme, 2.75") would be noticeably harder and a better approximation of an Inch DB.
LaTutaIcon...27-07-2017 @ 17:22 
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Thank you for all your advices.
I have pretty big hands for a small guy.
Around 20cm at 1.73m height. But the downside is, my palms are long, but fingers short.
I am very good at grippers. I don't train with them but can close a coc 3 everytime i try. But only at parallel or closer set. With a couple of weeks of training a coc 3.5 is doable.
Ccs and no set is a nightmare for my hand.
I'll get a coc 2.5 in a couple of days and see if i can no set it.
On dynamometer that is locked up at 200lbs i can get to error.
I think for inch lift a long thumb and fingers would be better.
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