Captains of Crush arrive
As you might know, I live in Finland. Therefore it was natural to first check the Finnish powerlifting web store Voimaharjoittelu.net, where they sell for 29 euros/33 dollars a piece. As they were out of the number ones, I also looked at the Swedish lifting mag B&K Sports Magazine webshop. They had all of them in stock, but at a price of 398 SEK/43 euro/49 dollars! What a rip-off! Not surprisingly, I settled for the 19.95 dollars/17 euro ones directly from Ironmind.
The States are still cheap for us Europeans; complete with air mail shipping a trainer and number one gripper cost me a total of 56.90 dollars/50 euro, which is 18 dollars/16 euro cheaper than Voimaharjoittelu.net. I do admire the latter site though, for keeping the prices very decent and not shamelessly ripping everyone off like B&K webshop seems to. If they had the number one in stock I would not have hesitated to support them as they sell some darn good equipment.
Plan to start on the grippers tomorrow. Hopefully they will help me hold on to those pulldowns and deadlifts!
More reading material
The final installment of Tate’s The eight keys is out. A great summary with stuff on GPP and recovery. In light of the example routines given it seems like, contrary to my earlier impression, that Tate does not recommend doing speed deadlifts every DE Squat/Dead workout.