Ever wish you could rip a phone book in half? That’s one of the ultimate tests of strength most familiar to the average public. Unlike bench pressing say, 325lbs, where you’d have to explain how much is on the bar; even in today’s digital age most people can identify how hard it is to rip a phone book. So you can earn instant street cred by tearing one in half. But how to get it done? John Stepien, strongman, grip enthusiast and Highland Games athlete has a short video showing you his favorite method to master phone book tearing.
One thing that’s really cool about this sort of training is it doesn’t punish the back and legs so it’s something you could train if you’re nursing a hamstring or low back tweak but want to keep your grip up to par. Plus it makes a nice change of pace from bars and bells or even calisthenics. And don’t think that this is only for guys. Ladies, a strong grip means you’ll never have to wait for anyone else to open the pickle jars again!
Garage Gym Life has some awesome contributors who make this site a great resource for home based athletes. But I freely admit that we don’t know everything. So I scour the web to find the best articles from yesterday and today (I’d get them from the future as well but the DeLorean is in the shop) and bring you the links here. Check out this video and John’s YouTube channel where you can subscribe and ask him for tips or give suggestions on future videos!