When it comes to demonstrating grip strength, German strongwoman Kathleen Krausse is a force to be reckoned with. In a recently surfaced YouTube video, Krausse attempts to break a (very, very specific) Guinness World Record for “Most Frying Pans Rolled in One Minute (Female)” while on the set of a TV special taped in China back in 2015.
“I love cooking, but I hate to clean this pan…so I can do this,” she says at the start of the video, showing off a rolled up frying pan. “I believe I can beat the record.” Spoiler: She does just that.
Technically, Krause destroyed 8 frying pans, but one wasn’t completed by the time the clock ran out, meaning the judges only counted 7. That achievement still bested the previous record of 6 rolled up frying pans. As a result, Krausse was awarded a medal and plaque to commemorate her new record.
As one YouTuber commented,
Me: still tryng to open the pickle jar.”
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While it may seem like a niche achievement, the fry pan-rolling stunt is actually a common demonstration of grip strength within the strongman and strongwoman community. In 2017, for instance, strongman Eddie Hall bent a frying pan during an appearance on BBC Breakfast.
Strongman Brian Shaw also took a shot at rolling a cast iron frying pan in November 2018.
It may take years before you catch up to the likes of Krausse and Brian Shaw, but there are some simple ways you can get to work improving your grip strength—and also good reasons to do it. “Often it’s your hands that limit you when you lift,” Jedd Johnson, a five-time North American Grip Sport champ, previously told MH.
The positioning of your hands matters, too, says personal trainer Trevor Thieme, C.S.C.S. “Even slight variations in hand position during a lift can totally change which muscles are targeted,” he says. “Take the dumbbell curl, for example. Using the standard supinated grip targets your biceps, but if you rotate your hands 90 degrees to a neutral grip, the emphasis shifts to a different elbow flexor, the brachialis. If you rotate your hands 90 degrees again (to a pronated grip), you’ll target yet another elbow flexor, the brachioradialis.”
Over time, continuing to add grip variations like these could translate to pumping heavier iron—if not bending it.
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