IronMind® Enterprises Highlights Timeline



  • launch monthly IronMind sports psychology column in IRONMAN magazine, will run continuously for over 12 years


















  • publish Steve Justa’s cult classic, "The Barrel Lift"
  • introduce the Hardy Handshake™, a table-model grip machine
  • publish Of Stones and Strength by Steve Jeck and Peter Martin
  • offer the IronMind Training Tablet No. 2
















  • IronMind hosts 2004 Olympic gold medal winners in weightlifting from China, Zhang Guozheng and Shi Zhiyong, at the 2005 Arnold Fitness Expo
  • MILO goes to Sofia, Bulgaria to cover the European Weightlifting Championships
  • introduce Tech Threads™, a line of performance wear for head-to-toe coverage
  • MILO travels to Dubai, UAE, and Doha, Qatar to cover the 2005 Asian Weightlifting Championships and 2005 World Weightlifting Championships
  • introduce the revolutionary IMTUG™: The Tune-up Gripper
  • publish Bodyweight Exercises for Extraordinary Strength by Brad Johnson
  • introduce the Z1500 Belt and the Quarter-Ton Trucker Tote
  • produce John Brookfield's Blueprint for Grip Strength DVD
  • continue to make corporate donations to the Paul Anderson Youth Home and Doctors Without Borders(Medecins Sans Frontieres)




  • MILO covers the 2007 Men’s Shot Put at both the Indoor and the Outdoor Track & Field Championships
  • introduce 4-color in MILO
  • The IronMind website gets a whole new look
  • MILO covers weightlifting at the 2007 Europeans in Strasbourg, France and the 2007 Worlds in Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • MILO returns to Scotland after 10 years to cover the 2007 World Highland Games Championships in Inverness
  • MILO goes to Austria to cover the IPF Worlds—a first
  • Richard Sorin, the first-ever Captains of Crush, recertifies on the No. 3 CoC gripper
  • The Headstrap Fit for Hercules gets a new 4-way frame
  • the Vulcan Racks Chinning Bar and Wrist Roller Setups are added to the Vulcan Racks system
  • add Strong and Healthy Hands Kits, for strong, pain-free hands




















  • Instagram photos and captions draw applause
  • IronMind/MILO travels to Leeds, UK; Split, Croatia; Gabarone, Botswana; St. Petersburg, Russia; and Hank, Holland to cover top strength contests worldwide.


  • publish 25th anniversary issue of MILO: Strength
  • establish teen-age world records on the Rolling Thunder Pull-ups for Reps
  • two teenagers certify on the Captains of Crush No. 3 and benefit the Jesse Marunde Memorial Fund
  • support launch of Armlifting USA, making 19 years of collaborating with Odd Haugen on grip contests
  • photojournalism includes coverage of Europe’s Strongest Man (Leeds, UK), Armlifting World Championships (St. Petersburg, Russia), European Weightlifting Championships (Bucharest, Romania), Asian Games (Jakarta, Indonesia)


  • IronMind Draft Horse Pulling Harness celebrates its 18th appearance at the World’s Strongest Man contest
  • IronMind is front and center at the APL Armlifting World Championships (St. Petersburg, Russia)
  • IronMind's Randall Strossen consulted about, invited to and attended Bader Alawadhi’s (Red Nail '12), grip contest—which featured the elusive Laine Snook (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) 
  • IronMind sponsored and Randall Strossen attende the APL European Grip Championships, which were held in Vienna's DAS GYM Intelligent Strength (Vienna, Austria), which Strossen said had more IronMind posters (maybe every single one?) than he ever seen in one place before
  • IronMind is center stage at the inaugural APL European Armlifting Cup (Minsk, Belarus), where Nikita Yurkovets certified on the Captains of Crush No. 3 gripper, the second Belarusian to achieve this honor  
  • IronMind's Randall Strossen invited to Burkhard Macht’s Underground Grip Championships (Amelinghausen, Germany) and was on his way to the airport when his first flight had a delay that derailed his itinerary
  • Glenda Anderson contacted IronMind to tell Randall Strossen that she and her family would be visiting Moscow to visit Gorky Park—the site of Paul Anderson’s prodigious performance in 1955—and asked for an introduction to the Russian Weightlifting Federation (RWF). Strossen contacted RWF president Maxim Agipatov, and the Russian Weightlifting Federation rolled out the red carpet for the Andersons


  • IronMind hardly skipped a beat during the Covid pandemic as our philosophy showed its strength under the most adverse circumstances: we kept customers around the world squatting, crushing, bending, as they said, “A lot of physical is mental” . . . “Lift more than you can” . . .
  • our Orange You Glad T-shirt brightened a lot of workouts in a Covid-constrained world
  • Global Reach poster celebrated the worldwide impact of Captains of Crush grippers
  • Northern California high school coaches Kevin and Paul Doherty prove their resourcefulness as they set up dozens of outdoor training sites for their athletes, with Vulcan Racks center stage


  • IronMind responded to an urgent call from World’s Strongest Man for a custom bar, which starred in the Overhead Medley, along with the Apollon’s Axle (which debuted at WSM in 2011)
  • 10 new Captains of Crush No. 3 certifications (and counting), including 2 Teenage Captains of Crush, plus three CoC No. 3.5 certifications are added in 2021 as CoC certifications continue to provide the most coveted recognition of world-class grip strength


  • Lyudmila Gaiduchenko (Ukraine) certifies on the Captains of Crush No. 2 gripper


  • Carl Myerscough certifies on the Captains of Crush No. 4 gripper, the first man to do this since Magnus Samuelsson in 2004
  • Seven men certify on the Captains of Crush No. 3 gripper (representing Australia, USA, Mexico,and Ukraine)
  • Yves Graveille (Canada) breaks the men’s world record in the 1-arm Rolling Thunder pull-ups by doing 3 reps
  • Chad Gustin (USA) breaks the world record for max weight Rolling Thunder pull-ups with 175.18 kg
  • Denny Ployhar (USA) breaks his world record on Rolling Thunder pull-ups for reps by banging out 30 reps
  • Denny Ployhar (USA) does it again: moving the world record for Rolling Thunder pull-ups for reps to 32
  • London Schuirmann (USA) becomes the first man to certify on the Red Nail since the rules forbid gaining an unfair advantage from the pads
  • 9 men certified on the Crushed-To-Dust! Challenge (representing USA, Canada and Ireland)
  • CTD+. . . Crushed-to-Dust!® announced: a test of world-class all-around grip strength
  • Alexey Tyukalov (Russia) becomes the first man to certify on the CTD+ Challenge


  • Tammy McClure (USA) breaks the women’s world record for Rolling Thunder pull-ups for reps by knocking off 15
  • IronMind introduces the Crushed-To-Dust! Challenge for women
  • Amy Wattles (USA) and Tammy McClure (USA) become the first and second women to certify on the Crushed-To-Dust! Challenge for women
  • Updated the iconic IronMind Forearmed poster
  • Nikita Yurkovets (Belarus) certified on the CTD+ Challenge