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Westchester NY Grip Contest

Hey everyone. My name is Cesare Ricchezza and I’m new to the site. I’m certified on the Captain’s of Crush #3 gripper and a couple of other high quality grippers. I’m currently training for the Ironmind Red Nail Certification. I just recently bent it according to the official rules so I’m hoping to certify within the next couple months. I have been competing in grip competitions during the last year and I have decided to hold my own. Please find the information below and let me know if your interested and have any questions.

Link to my #3 certification write up on ironmind: ironmind.com/ironmind/opencms/Articles/2012/Apr/ Cesare_Richezza_Certifies_on_the_Captains_of_Crush_No._3_Gripper.html

Name of Event: New York Grip Throw Down

Saturday January 5th, 2013.

637 Commerce Street - Thornwood, NY 10594

This location is about 20 minutes from my house and right around the corner from where I grew up. I went to High School with the owner, Anthony Botticelli. He graduated one year before me.


  1. RGC Rated grippers with 20mm block set - BOTH hands, Right and Left. 4 attempts for each hand. Score will be combined total lbs. I saw Adam Glass do this in his competitions and love the idea. I donâ??t want anyone hiding a weak off hand.
  2. Max 2hp - 4 attempts
  3. Max Ironmind Apollons Axle - 4 attempts
  4. Medley - ~40 objects - 4 minutes, 1 attempt. A separated medley will be created for women if any attend.
  5. Wrist Roller â?? It will be attached to a sled and timed. Weight and distance TBD. A lower weight will be used for women if any attend.


Official NAGS rules. www.gripsport.org/

$20 due by December 29th, 2012. One can mail a check OR by paypal

  • This money will be use to rent the facility for the day.


Iâ??ll try my best to put together prizes and trophies. Donations are appreciated.

More Information such as an Entry form, Start time, List of medley items, Etcâ?¦ will added to this thread as I figure them out. Bear with me because this is my first attempt to run a competition.

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/events/367110803377510/

Please find the entry form for this event below. Copy and paste it into a word processor, print it out and then fill in the required information. I prefer it be mailed. I posted this kind of late so you can also bring it the day of the competition.

New York Grip Throw Down

In consideration of my acceptance of this entry, I hereby, for myself, my heirs, executors and administrators, and my assignees, waive and release all rights and damages I may have against Xtreme Training at The Botticelli Fitness Facility and its staff, Cesare Ricchezza, John Wojciechowski, any and all sponsors/suppliers, equipment donors, the officials, volunteers, employees, their representatives and assigns, for any and all injuries incurred to me in conjunction with this competition and in traveling to and from the event. And in further consideration of permission being granted to me to participate in the New York Grip Throw Down and its related events, I hereby grant Xtreme Training at The Botticelli Fitness Facility, and Cesare Ricchezza, and John Wojciechowski and/or any other approved video or entertainment organization and all of their agents, successors, licensees and assigns, the right to photograph or otherwise reproduce (whether by film, tape, still photography or otherwise) my voice, appearance and name, and to exhibit, distribute, transmit, and/or otherwise exploit any and all media, including without limitation, by means of still photography, motion pictures, radio, television, television motion pictures, video, printing or any other medium now known or hereafter devised, including with respect also to any merchandising, advertising and/or publicity, and the right to use my name and information about me in any connection with any of the foregoing. The rights granted by me hereunder are granted for the entire universe and shall endure in perpetuity and no further compensation shall be payable to me at anytime in connection therewith. Nothing contained herein shall be deemed to obligate Xtreme Training at The Botticelli Fitness Facility, and Cesare Ricchezza, and John Wojciechowski, and/or any other approved video or entertainment organization, to photograph or otherwise reproduce my voice, appearance or name, or to make use of any rights granted herein. I also understand that the aforementioned rights may be reassigned at any time without further consent. I understand that Xtreme Training at The Botticelli Fitness Facility, and Cesare Ricchezza, and John Wojciechowski, and/or any other approved video or entertainment organization, are videotaping and photographing the event in express reliance upon the foregoing, and I represent and agree that I am free to grant the rights granted to Xtreme Training at The Botticelli Fitness Facility, and Cesare Ricchezza, and John Wojciechowski, and/or any other approved video or entertainment organization hereunder. Therefore I affix my signature below:




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Here are the items for the standard medley as they stand right now. I still have to decide on the weights. The weight will be increased for Elite guys if they come and decreased for women if they come.

Thick Bar
Light weight Thick Bar Dumbbell lift using Fat Gripz
Medium weight Thick Bar Dumbbell lift using Fat Gripz
Heavy weight Thick Bar Dumbbell lift using an Inch Trainer
Rolling Thunder
Ironmind Little Big Horn
2 Inch V-Bar

Various Block weights â?? 5 of them
IM Hub
IM Blockbuster Pinch Block
2-25lb plate pinch
2-35lb plate pinch
5-10lb plate pinch
4-10lb plate pinch
3-10lb plate pinch
Vulcan Thumbscrew dynamic pinch
1 hand thin pinch (maybe just the plates without rubber spacers) on the Euro
Hex DB pinch lifts (pinch the hex heads) - 2 different weights
Ghetto Stub Lift

plate loaded grip machine
Silver Bullet Load (put the silver bullet between a Vucan V2 handles and load to platform)
TNS gripper close
CCS gripper close

Internal rotation
External rotation
Front weaver stick sledge coin load to platform
reverse weaver stick with sledge
Slim lever sledge from floor
Sledge lever to forehead
25 lb plate curl
David Horne Wrist Developer

Kettle bell bottom ups press
1 finger lift
FBBC 8lb bomb lift
1 inch v-bar
1 Arm Oly bar DL

I ordered some grip stuff tonight. We are going to have a prize for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in both the heavyweight and lightweight divisions. If you live remotely close, come and compete. Even if you little experience, its a great learning experience.