June 26, 2005

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Max and the Thomas Inch Dumbbell [real media player]

Posted by lauren at June 26, 2005 5:08 PM

Deng! That's impressive. Found this in the associated URL...

The Thomas Inch Challenge Dumbbell
During the first half of this century from about 1910 until the early 1940's there was a professional strongman by the name of Thomas Inch who conducted stage shows of strength in Great Britain and Europe. He was known for his enormous grip strength and included in his show was the famous "Challenge Dumbbell". Inch offered almost $1000 (200 British Pounds) to anyone who could lift the dumbbell off the floor with one hand. At the conclusion of each show, Inch would lift the dumbbell to show it could be done. While the dumbbell weighted 173 lbs, the handle is 2.5" thick which makes it very difficult to grip.

During those years no one else succeeded in lifting the barbell and on Mr. Inch's death the barbell finally passed into the hands of the British professional strongman David Prowse (the Darth Vader in Star Wars films). On special occasions it has been brought out for lifting attempts. Since Thomas Inch's death the Barbell has been lifted by some 7 or 8 men.

While there is a copy of the Inch Dumbbell in Australia, there was no way for anyone to try and lift the famous "Challenge Dumbbell". Recently a foundry in the United States has made an exact copy and offers it for sale through two distributors, one on the West Coast and one on the East Coast. The new dumbbell has been lifted by several men recently and perhaps you can too!

Comment #1 - Posted by: Bert Bondy at June 25, 2005 8:24 PM

BUD/S?? if so, that is sweet.

nice work by Max, as well.

Comment #2 - Posted by: ediddy at June 25, 2005 8:27 PM

Looks like 2nd Phase?

Comment #3 - Posted by: dood at June 25, 2005 8:47 PM

Great pic. The virus continues to spread...

Comment #4 - Posted by: Matt G. at June 25, 2005 8:52 PM

BTW...swimmers are one of mankind's greatest achievements (in the opinion of this water dweller).

Comment #5 - Posted by: Matt G. at June 25, 2005 9:05 PM

Doesn't look like the Center. Maybe SWCC guys.

Comment #6 - Posted by: Steve HB at June 25, 2005 9:05 PM

my bad, dood's right

heard the swcc guys were doing some program like this too

Comment #7 - Posted by: Steve HB at June 25, 2005 9:20 PM

1 hour 15 minutes on the bike trainer @ 150bpm

I think the hardest part of training for ultra events has got to be the boredom!

Comment #8 - Posted by: Don Stevenson at June 25, 2005 11:00 PM

Pretty cool! I heard last week that second phase guys were doing Crossfit. After being baptized by Crossfit two months ago I started noticing Team Guys doing it all over. It's about time we have something that can maintain our elite fitness level without all the misfortunes of overuse injuries. I am more combat fit now than the day I graduated BUD/S!

Comment #9 - Posted by: Rick at June 25, 2005 11:27 PM

UDT's are a dead giveaway.... only three days into it and feeling great! this program will definitely get me where I need to be -army guy

Comment #10 - Posted by: Dana at June 26, 2005 12:21 AM

You bullet sponges and your short shorts...I'll never understand those.

Comment #11 - Posted by: Aush at June 26, 2005 4:39 AM


Steady-state trainer riding is boring, no doubt about it. 75 minutes is a long session. Much better to get outdoors. Even better is to find some folks to ride with.

Comment #12 - Posted by: Carl at June 26, 2005 5:51 AM

1 minute 15# cb mills - 30R/28L/30R/29L - working on increasing the number of mills per minute
30 seconds 15# cb mills - 15R/15L
4x10/10 15# cb inward pendulums

2x20 Chinese pullups - first set went well, second set I had to start over when my old bracing style reared it's ugly head.

5 1/10 mile POSE runs with two minute breaks - three downhill, two uphill: 28/31/29/32/30 seconds. Hams, calves and hip flexors working hard.

Comment #13 - Posted by: kelly moore at June 26, 2005 8:02 AM

3 of Frelen w/ 35's in 21:10.

Comment #14 - Posted by: Rick Ihrie at June 26, 2005 8:10 AM

"bullet sponges"-that sounds like remf/pogue talk to me

Comment #15 - Posted by: dan santini at June 26, 2005 8:12 AM

Last night Gym Jones Disciple Harold Lucambio, aka The Constrictor successfully defended his NHB middleweight title (local Utah) against Dominic Ruiz, winning at 1:20 in the first round with a triangle choke.

Mark T.

Comment #16 - Posted by: Mark T. at June 26, 2005 9:44 AM

No crossfitting for me for a month or more but..... climbing palms and other big tree's has kept me in shape. One arm pullup (right) with 15 lbs. and one arm (left) bodyweight felt nice. Nearing the front lever and practicing hard on free HSPU (without wall) and planche's. Elbow levers feel strong, working on getting into handstand from this position.

Climb those tree's/rocks/poles... everything!!!


Comment #17 - Posted by: sean at June 26, 2005 10:19 AM

grady or anyone in the know, what are they actually doing? are they doing a "lady" or some kind of circuit.

regardless, very impressive knowing the SEAL's "bought into" crossfit. lends major credibility even though it's not needed.

Comment #18 - Posted by: nikko at June 26, 2005 10:33 AM

how is swimming man's greatest achievement?

Comment #19 - Posted by: timM at June 26, 2005 10:39 AM

nikko...the activity is either Fight Gone Bad or a variation of it (you can tell by what stations they've laid out).

timM...not swimming (hell, the fish have got the patent on that), but swimmers...the shorts the guys in the pic are wearing. Cheap, durable and equally functional on land or water. Less than $20 in any Army/Navy store. I wear them for run-swim-runs (no need to change shorts so less transition time) and when I do swim-p/t sessions (keeps you from wearing holes in nylon or lycra suits). A very simple piece of gear that delivers.

Comment #20 - Posted by: Matt G. at June 26, 2005 12:10 PM


you can also tell by enlarging the photo........says "fight gone evil" at the top...

Comment #21 - Posted by: karl at June 26, 2005 12:46 PM

3 6 minute rounds of:
wall ball (20lb)
20" box jump
1 pood DB swings
Push press(75lb)
Rower (calories)

1 minute on each station, 1 minute rest btwn rounds.

Fight Gone Evil (666)

Comment #22 - Posted by: sd at June 26, 2005 1:16 PM

Is 27 to old to be thinking about heading to BUD/s

Comment #23 - Posted by: JB at June 26, 2005 4:02 PM

JB I'm 25 and in training to join the commandos out here.

Most SF guys are a little older and more mature than the average soldier and if you follow crossfit then you'll get to the required standards in pretty short time.

Comment #24 - Posted by: Don Stevenson at June 26, 2005 4:35 PM

Weekend workouts

Sat - bar muscle up work and 3 mile run w/ 150 hindu pushups

Sun - 40 barely assisted muscle ups w/ slow negative and 2 mile run in 14:15

Still can't do the MU on the 2 1/2" bar at the playground - but I think working on it there is a very good thing.

Comment #25 - Posted by: Bill Fox at June 26, 2005 4:45 PM


I was 29 when I graduated BUD/S. The cutoff is 28, but they generally grant waivers. If you have a degree and plan on coming in as an officer it is a lot more competitive getting accepted into the program. I know of several guys who had degrees and chose to enlist and apply for OCS after doing a couple of platoons. Officers generally only get to do 2-3 platoons before sitting behind a desk. Crossfit is a great program for SEALs to maintain operational fitness. However, BUD/S is a different animal all together. In the unlikely event that BUD/S converts soley to Crossfit, I would recommend supplementing some more soft sand distance running and swimming with fins to avoid overuse injuries when you show up to BUD/S. Good luck! There is no better job on the planet than being a Frogman!


Comment #26 - Posted by: Rick at June 26, 2005 5:21 PM

Took the last two days off to let back heal up some more - thought I had it fixed but it wasn't.
Did "Lynne" w/ 135# for BP + ring pullups.
1: 15, 11
2: 11, 10
3: 8, 9
4: 7, 9
5: 6, 7
Finished with numerous push press and light deadlifts with kettlebell.

Comment #27 - Posted by: Steve S at June 26, 2005 6:20 PM

Thanks Rick. I am in school right now and putting alot of thought into making BUD/S my next move. I know the age limits are 18-28 but I was curious what the average age of a BUD/S grad is. It is very encouraging hearing you graduated at the age of 29. Were you enlisted for a long time prior to BUD/S or was that your purpose for going joining the Navy?

Comment #28 - Posted by: JB at June 26, 2005 6:22 PM

JB, I would have to guess that the average age of guys graduating BUD/S is around 23-25. Army SF guys are older because they have to serve in the Army for about 4 years before they can apply for SF. Although, they have a program now that allows guys to apply in basic training. I spent 3 years in the "fleet" before going to BUD/S. Age isn't really that big of factor. I know of a guy who graduated at 36. The big factor is your desire to be a Team Guy and graduate. All Frogs on this site will back me when I say that some of the guys in the best shape who I thought would make it no problem were the first to ring the bell and quit. And there are others who barely squeek by physically but never give up who become some of the best operators in the teams. BUD/S is 6 months of total immersion into the program and "sucking it up".

Comment #29 - Posted by: Rick at June 26, 2005 6:41 PM

Tabata squats last night...held 18 for 7 rounds w/ 16 on the 8th. 2 reps away from fulfilling my guarantee.

Comment #30 - Posted by: ediddy at June 26, 2005 7:22 PM

Rick, thanks again for the insight. It is very encouraging having someone who as been through BUD/S answering questions that I am sure many people considering the program have. Good luck to you and hopefully someday we may cross paths. Until then I'll keeep training as I am sure you are.

Comment #31 - Posted by: JB at June 26, 2005 7:36 PM


tuck planche practice

GHR 4sets of 10

Barbara 22min 12sec (situps were slow, believe it or not abs still sore from L-pullups on Tuesday)

ran barefoot 1 mile easy pace trying to practice "pose style" went well except feet hurt after, duh (my intelligence continues to show through, I suppose I should have started with less distance first time barefoot)

Comment #32 - Posted by: craigv bwt 185 at June 26, 2005 7:44 PM

16.7 mile (rugged) trail run/jog/walk - 4 hours 37 mins
3500 feet elevation gain and then loss

hoo! my knees hurt.

Comment #33 - Posted by: jackc at June 26, 2005 8:45 PM

That just looked DANGEROUS and Stupid. Sorry sorry sorry but he just didn't seem to be in any real control of the dumbbell.

Comment #34 - Posted by: Sean at June 26, 2005 9:34 PM

Rower 15.50min 300Cal
Stairmaster: 15min 247Cal
Eliptical: 15min 207Cal
Total: 754Cal

Comment #35 - Posted by: Durham M. IAFF at June 26, 2005 9:49 PM

hey sean,
nice climbing.i;m a trainer at crossfit hq.i also do logging and treework. at 52 i'm still climbing strong thanks to crossfit.

Comment #36 - Posted by: dog mad at June 26, 2005 11:14 PM

Same as jackc.

Trying to work on fat metabolism per Mark Twight, except his long days are two to ten times as long.

Comment #37 - Posted by: JoshS at June 26, 2005 11:16 PM

"Dangerous and stupid" could easily be credited to most things, worth mention, that men have accomplished.

Mad props to Max.


Comment #38 - Posted by: Dan S. at June 27, 2005 4:13 AM

Sean, you had to be there. "Dangerous and stupid"? Not hardly.

Comment #39 - Posted by: Matt G. at June 27, 2005 4:59 AM

Ahh damn!!! When I get to BUD/S one day the last thing I'm going to want to see is an instructor armed with a concept 2 rower and the WOD's ready to dish out the hurt!!!

Comment #40 - Posted by: rsn at June 27, 2005 6:27 AM

re: the Inch dumbbell

www.ironmind.com sells a copy of the Inch dumbbell. $269 + lord only knows how much for shipping.


Comment #41 - Posted by: Tom at June 27, 2005 8:29 AM

like the pic right by the dive locker, that looks like class 255 the class after mine

Comment #42 - Posted by: patrick at June 27, 2005 9:38 AM

well Tio, as soon as you started fight gone evil you must of thought of us at great lakes and when we did fight gone bad and were being intro'd to crossfit. Glad one of us is still in buds.
word to those going to buds: The enemy is lack of will power and injury, especially over use injury. if you get hurt the chances of being kept there are very very slim, chances of getting hurt;very very high. Oh, and not ridding a motorcycle like an ass and breaking yourself helps too.
Kick ass 255. I'm headed to army SF so maybe i'll catch you on the flip side!!!

Comment #43 - Posted by: perez at June 27, 2005 10:33 AM


Comment #44 - Posted by: Matt Durham-IAFF at June 28, 2005 11:11 AM


chompin at the bit.

Comment #45 - Posted by: Isaac at June 28, 2005 11:52 AM

class 226. cross fit kicks my butt. i love it. i apply it to mixed martial arts. thank you.

Comment #46 - Posted by: jake o. at June 29, 2005 12:12 PM

I remember seeing this one day, while driving by. It was a different scenario then what I was used to while in BUD/s myself. Crossfit in the Teams, I'm not surprised. It's about time. Oh, and JB, here is more encouragement from a Team Guy. I went to BUD/s at 31. Lot more aches and pains, but I did fine. Anyway, I feel stronger than ever and believe in this program, that I have gotten my wife into it. So anyway, JB good luck with BUD/s cause you are gonna need it.

Comment #47 - Posted by: BR at June 30, 2005 7:34 PM
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