A few months ago, I bought a CoC #1 and could barely close it when I got it out of the package. I've been closing it following the GTG protocol since then. Lately, I started doing strap holds with 10lbs with it, so I figured it was time to get the rest of the grippers and maybe GTG my way to the #3. I was thrilled when I got the CoC #2 out of the package to find that I could close it for 3 reps already. The CoC #2.5 is still very hard - could only close it to within about 1/2 inch of closed, but I was happy I could get it that far.

I'm going to continue this GTG work, and hopefully by this time next year, I'll be ready to cert on the #3.