The Destroyer's Old Time Grip Challenge 2005

Mike "The Destroyer" Roy, who put on a grip contest last year with a $10,000 prize list, is back again this year with the 2005 edition.

Picking up where it left off last year, the 2005 Destroyer's Old Time Grip Challenge has six events, and while last year's contest introduced some new events to many of us, don't think the 2005 edition is merely going to be a repeat of the formerly novel but now familiar banana press, King Kong Balls, and so forth.

After last year's mold-breaking contest, it should go without saying that if you want a run-of-the-mill grip competition, this is not where you will find it.

Here are the events:

1. Bending a spike and a bolt; tearing a deck of cards and a tennis ball; rolling up a frying pan.
2. Loading the King Kong balls (six of them).
3. One finger table curl; no grip curl.
4. Banana press combined with the vertical bar hold.
5. Plate lifting; buffalo head lift; plate deadlift; giant King Kong ball.
6. Arm wrestling

Everyone who followed last year's contest is familiar with most of these events now, but a couple of words might help explain the new ones.

The no-grip curl is done with a massive dumbbell that has a short length of bar protruding from the ends on both sides. The curl is done by grabbing the dumbbell with these protruding bars (roughly 2 inches long) in your hands. The buffalo head lift is done with a bar that has two vertical bars sticking up from it - the lifter grabs the vertical bars, lifts and walks with the weight.

The contest is set for August 27 in St.-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Canada. There is no entry fee, but to qualify, The Destroyer says you must be able to "bend a spike, tear a deck of cards and lift 150 pounds on the Rolling Thunder®. This is just a test to know if you can do the minimum in the contest."

More contest details will be forthcoming, and if you want to sign up, please contact Dave Daneault at:

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