Rich Williams put on quite a show at the Arnold, toying with things that make grown men weep, and not the least of his accomplishments was something nobody had ever done before. Rich went over to the GNC Grip Gauntlet and he closed a No. 3 and No. 3.5 Captains of Crush® Gripper as Wade Gillingham served as his official referee.
Rich Williams left a trail of destruction in his wake at the Arnold: If it was a feat of grip strength that nobody had been able to do before, Rich smashed through the barrier. Here, he lifted the 202-lb. Circus Dumbbell, three-inch handle and all. IronMind® | Bert Sorin photo.
Just in, the last of materials the rules required for IronMind®'s certification decision and now it's official: Rich Williams isn't just certified on the No. 3 Captains of Crush® Gripper and the No. 3.5 Captains of Crush®, he's also the first man in history to reach both major milestones on the same day.
Rich is a three-time All-American football player who works for Team-Impact Ministries, traveling "all over the country and internationally displaying feats of strength and preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I love to powerlift and do strongman training," said the 6' 3", 395-lb. powerhouse.
Congratulations, Rich, and many thanks to GNC, Wade Gillingham, Richard and Bert Sorin, and Jeff Goegern - this was a team effort, with Rich supplying the grip strength and his crew sticking with it until IronMind® could make the good news official. Way to go, guys!
Rich Williams is the first man in history to certify on the No. 3 and No. 3.5 Captains of Crush® Grippers on the same day - a huge accomplishment and one that reflects the tremendous level of Rich's grip strength. IronMind® | Jeff Goergen photo.