30-year old Russian computer programmer Ivan Tikhonov has certified on the Captains of Crush No. 3 gripper—the universal standard for world-class grip strength.
Ivan has been training on grippers for 4 years—starting with a Captains of Crush (CoC) No. 1.5, which he could close for three reps.
“I train my grip in cycles: For two weeks, I train every day, and then I rest for two weeks,” Ivan said. “I only do singles.
“My typical workout looks like this:
CoC No. 1.5 x 10 reps (no set)
CoC No. 2 x 3 reps (no set)
CoC No. 2.5 x 1 rep (no set)
CoC No. 3 x 1 rep (54 mm block set)
CoC No. 3 x 1 rep (38 mm block set)
CoC No. 3 x 1 rep (30 mm block set)
CoC No. 3.5 x 1 rep (20 mm block set)
CoC No. 3.5 attempt with a deep set”
Congratulations, Ivan—it's official: your name has been added to the Captains of Crush No. 3 certification list.