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  1. 13 points
    The only man to lift this bell one handed from floor to lock out. He previously lifted it a few months back but this today was a far superior rep.
  2. 12 points
    Hola grip and bending peeps. After a long layoff, I just started becoming physical active again. I look forward to reaquainting myself with the board members. Hope this finds you well. - Nate
  3. 10 points
  4. 10 points
    David Shamey from Russia has been on a roll. First entering the GHP Gripper challenge last July with Level 8 x 8 reps. In January of this year he closed the #9 for 2 reps and now he closes the Level 9 for 3 reps. I asked him to send another video to confirm the measurements. 3 days later he did and closed it again for 3 reps! At 22 years old I don't think we have seen the last video from David. His strength is off the charts.
  5. 9 points
    Nice to see many new benders here! Rehab going well and I start to like this hobby again. Just for fun nowdays and no big goals.
  6. 9 points
    Tommy J.

    $$$

    $100 to anyone who bends a big G8 unbraced in under 5 minutes. Ends of steel must be under 2”. Less than 1.5” wraps. EXPIRED $50 to anyone who bends a 3/8”x7” grade 5 bolt braced in under 2.5 minutes. Ends of steel must be under 2”. Plot twist on this one! Must be done in cordura wraps. Doubles are fine, but must not exceed 1.5” wraps. EXPIRED $25 to anyone who snaps a St. Croix forge ultra lite, braced, and using under 1.25” wraps. Completed! video submissions obviously accepted. will be strict on these. Any loss of visibility of the steel from frame, even for a millisecond, after initial measurement results in non payment. Any video I deem unclear during measurements results in non payment. Anything other than continuous unedited video will result in non payment. Please no punning on unlisted rules. Funny stuff results in non payment. Benders will take the money, magicians go home broke. deadline for submissions on this challenge will be next Friday, May 15th.
  7. 8 points
    Well this was and definitely will be my last good bend for a little bit. I gotta say the kink in singles was definitely tough but this bend was a good step in the right direction.
  8. 8 points
    There were too many to put in the title. I just want to say that as you're watching these I have nothing but respect for @Tommy J. but I really missed having a bending rival since way back in the day with Rindo. Chronological order. The 6.5 G8 and all big square bends were one workout yesterday. Tommy I didn't measure my wraps on video because I didn't see the cash prize but I'll take a picture of them if you'll accept that as proof. I promise no switching. Fantastic Bastard from a few weeks ago I never cared enough to post: Duke of All Bastards Big G8 6.5" Big G8 Big Square 6.5" Big Square 6" Big Square
  9. 8 points
    Super off center, but I bent my first Bastard nail today in leather wraps. Kink and sweep felt fine but the crush really got me. Ended up cheating the last bit of the crush by bracing my elbow against my leg.
  10. 8 points
    I felt very good about today’s session. 7” grade 8 to warm up, two Reds in IMPs, a Bastard in BBWs and a Big Bastard in IMPs. The Big was pretty painfully off center and the crush was much harder than usual.
  11. 8 points
    Massive power from big Carl Myerscough. I expect to see more down the road from this giant.
  12. 8 points
    This bend has stopped me too many times in the past to my shame. Finally got it down in BB wraps and suede.
  13. 7 points
    As things have begun to settle down on an emotional level across the country regarding COVID 19, I would like to share my experience. I am a respiratory therapist at a large hospital in Texas. Over the past few months I have worked nearly exclusively in "COVID ICU". My job involves caring for intubated patients and managing their ventilators settings. What is particularly striking about COVID 19 is its virulence. I have seen healthy men in their 50's with no comorbidities go from pacing their rooms, talking with family members on the phone, to intubated (on life support) in a matter of 24 hours. As expected, I have also seen sick elderly patients fall ill very quickly. The rapid influx of ventilated patients at my facility has been shocking. Critical care staff, many of whom have done this job for over 30 years all claimed this virus is one of the most alarming things they have ever seen. Patients don't just get this hypoxic and crash so fast with the flu or anything else that I have seen. It is disconcerting that people across all walks of life have required intubation due to Covid 19. Notice I have not mentioned death numbers yet. That's because, as most of you know the death numbers come primarily from the elderly. So why the concern if the vast majority of us will be fine in the end? A problem many hospitals have faced during this pandemic is a lack of critical care staff. When a patient requires intubation, a basic nurse or doctor will not suffice to care for the patient. The patient is going to need skilled healthcare workers at their side 24/7. When skilled workers are in short supply, what happens? You get intubated by a dermatologist, or a resident does the best they can to write orders for you. You see how this can be problematic? Lets imagine a new virus, Covid-20. Thank god Covid-20 has a 0% death rate. Unfortunately everyone who gets the virus has to be on a ventilator for at least 10 days. Once you are able to come off the ventilator, you quickly recover and can go home. You can imagine the strain this new virus would place on critical care staff. The patients should live, everything should be fine, provided the staff is competent enough to care for the intubated patients. I wanted to share this side of the Covid-19 pandemic. It is not always about death numbers. Many patients who require intubation and extended ICU stays develop ICU psychosis and lasting PTSD. For what its worth, I think its time to open up the country. I am not going to stand in the street and scream at you for not wearing a mask. Please understand that the vast majority of critical care staff have no control over what the hospital bean counters call a "COVID-19 related death". If it means anything to you, my hospital has tied the most number of ventilated patient's it has ever had since opening in the 1960's. That alone should suggest that something is going on here. I certainly don't intended to stir the pot anymore or spark a debate. Just want to highlight that a lot of people seem to be getting intubated (not dying) due to this virus, that's all.
  14. 7 points
    Good bending day today. I did this braced bend, which felt good. I think I can go shorter. Afterwards, I bent 15 Gold Nails braced. Here is video and pics.
  15. 7 points
    One way to build base strength and work around injuries.
  16. 7 points
    Made a video of some gripper training today. I actually don't feel too good at the moment but I was strong enough to manage two pretty good attempts with my CoC 3 rated 146 RGC. I'll try to make a similar video with my CoC 3 rated 149 RGC some other time + left hand close.
  17. 7 points
    Hey Guys! I'm finally back at it. Started last week with a Red Nail - Replica in double Pads (IMPs + selfmade suede pads) which - to my own surprise - went down super easy. Yesterday i bend two of them. My goal for now is to get used to the double Pads and add volume each session until i'm at 10 of those 8mm/7" CRS bars in reasonable time as prep for a 9mm/7" CRS bar.
  18. 7 points
    Dear Athletes! Luckily I have saved some benfitial information from Legendary forum. Please feel free to use in your routine planning! The first list, updated one by Tommy Jennings Jr: The second list, older one by David Wigren: The third list - horseshoes which were available to enter TOP-20 in 2012 (just compare with what we have now): ENJOY THE PROCESS GENTLEMEN! Hope we see new names.... or maybe old ones? 😎
  19. 7 points
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  21. 7 points
    May 3rd, 2020 My first DU session since November 2016: 1) 5" x 5/16" round CRS bar, rates 115 kg @ 7" / ~ 340 lb USA rating; 2) 7" x 5/16" round CRS bar, rates 155 kg @7" / 455 lb USA rating 3) 6.5" x 5/16" round CRS bar, rates 155 kg @7" / 455 lb USA rating 4) 7" x 5/16" Iron Grip hex bar, rates 160 kg @7" / 470-480 lb USA rating.
  22. 7 points
    This is a bend I've wanted for a while. I don't care what anybody says, this bend and minimal pad bending in general sucks and hurts. It was also only 4 degrees outside during this and as you know cold hands and bending do not mix well.
  23. 6 points
    Yesterday… Found a huge duke which was sent to me by Zsolt, some months ago along with some other FBBC bars. So I tried it with doubles and was very easy thought the duke was harder. Should have done it in IMP´s. But it´s a bend. Then I tried a CRS Square 8mm x 5,5". Failed this one three times before. So this time I got it. Unfortunatley not in the 5 minute time frame, but I am happy with it. The two videos:
  24. 6 points
    Volume braced bending PR today, I bent 22 Gold Nails in a little under an hour. My hands and wrist are pretty beat up. Here are pics of my hands and the bars. Very happy with this. My endurance is definitely going up.
  25. 6 points
    Today, as the world opens back up, please take a minute to remember and honor the 1,355,000 heroes that have given their lives for this country. "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends" (John 15:13)
  26. 6 points
    To all of those who are relatively new to this sport, here is a personal story as words of encouragement. When I started bending I was 14 years old and I'm almost certain my first bend was 3/16"x7" round. The 3/16" Square CRS was too much for me at that point. Slowly I got that, then my first 60d, then first G5, etc etc until slowly I got some pretty solid bends like a grand shiny and an Edgin. It takes hard work but always compare yourself to how strong you were yesterday, not to people that have been doing this for north of a decade. Hahaha. Keep on slaying steel y'all!
  27. 6 points
    Luckily, no serious injuries ever for me. Just a minor tweak or 2. I have had lots of tears though. These 2 pics are probably worst pics I have. Blood running down hands after bending 102 reds and bloody pad after a snapping session.
  28. 6 points
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  30. 6 points
    May 7th, 2020 A cert bend Kerckhaert SSP 8x22 #0 with no leg pad. The attempt is judged by Kirill Vankovich and Ivan Yastrbov, both green lights.
  31. 6 points
    Donc101

    $$$

    I went to the hardware store today and bought some 3/8 grade 5 bolts. I was going to do the braced bolt bend and the horseshoe snap in training today. That bolt is a beast! I gave it everything I had and it barely wobbled. Short braced bends may be my strongest type of bending and I felt like I was nowhere even close to bending it. Has that bend ever been done? I feel like Tommy put the horseshoe snap on here just so he could watch some dumb bastard be miserable. Hahaha, turns out I was that guy! A lot harder than I thought it would be. My triceps are so exhausted right now. My left upper leg tissue is destroyed. I am sure I will have nasty bruising tomorrow. That being said, I want to do this again. I feel like I can get a lot faster. There were lots of break lines all over on the shoe. I need to figure out how to place more pressure in one place. I just crushed the shoe, flipped and crushed back. How have other people snapped shoes? Is this something a lot of people have done? Thanks for the challenges Tommy!
  32. 6 points
  33. 6 points
    Results Overall Bending Champion Don Cummings Darrin Shallman Andrew Pantke Amir Bayour Chris Stillwell Unbraced Bending Champion 1. Don Cummings 2. Darrin Shallman 3. Andrew Pantke 4. Amir Bayour 5. Chris Stillwell Braced Bending Champion 1. Don Cummings 2. Andrew Pantke 3. Darrin Shallman 4. Amir Bayour 5. Chris Stillwell Events Double Overhand Bending (DHWOG Rated Steel) 1. Don Cummings: 233 kg bar: 8mm CRS x 6”: 12 seconds 2. Andrew Pantke: 166.3 kg Grade 5 Bolt x 6”: 7 seconds 3. Darrin Shallman: 166.3 kg Grade 5 Bolt x 6”: 13 seconds 4. Amir Bayour: 166.3 kg Grade 5 Bolt x 6”: 46 seconds 5. Chris Stilwell: Blue Nail: 17 seconds Reverse Bending (DHWOG Rated Steel) 1. Don Cummings: Grade 8 bolt (190.05 kg) to 12 degrees 2. Darrin Shallman: Grade 8 bolt (190.05 kg) to 3 degrees: **83 kg class WR** 3. Amir Bayour: Grade 5 Bolt (166.3 kg) full bend in 49 seconds 4. Andrew Pantke: Grade 5 Bolt (166.3 kg) to 32 degrees 5. Chris Stilwell: Grade 5 Bolt (166.3 kg) to 3 degrees Double Underhand Bending (DHWOG Rated Steel) 1. Don Cummings: Grade 8 bolt (190.05 kg) to 3 degrees 2. Darrin Shallman: Grade 5 Bolt (166.3 kg) full bend in 28 seconds **83 kg class WR** 3. Andrew Pantke: Grade 5 Bolt (166.3 kg) to 11 degrees 4. Amir Bayour: Grade 5 Bolt (166.3 kg) to 2 degrees 5. Chris Stilwell: Blue Nail full bend in 1:07 6” Braced Bend (DHWOG Rated Steel) 1. Don Cummings: 260 kg bar: 8mm x 6”: 5.88 seconds **WR** 2. Darrin Shallman: 190.05 Grade 8 Bolt in 12 seconds 2. Andrew Pantke: 190.05 Grade 8 Bolt in 12 seconds 3. Chris Stilwell: 166.3 kg Grade 5 Bolt in 29 seconds 4. Amir Bayour: 166.3 kg Grade 5 Bolt in 1:13 Long Bar Bending (A36 HRS) Don Cummings: ¾” x 40” full bend in 1:04 Andrew Pantke: ¾” x 48” full bend in 4:59 Darrin Shallman: 5/8” x 30” full bend in 1:59 Amir Bayour: 5/8” x 30” partial bend to approx. 115 degrees Chris Stilwell: 5/8” x 36” full bend in 51 seconds Mid-Bar Bending (A36 HRS) 1. Don Cummings: 5/8” x 26” full bend in 14 seconds 2. Amir Bayour: ½” x 22” full bend in 10 seconds 3. Andrew Pantke: ½” x 22” full bend in 26 seconds 4. Darrin Shallman: ½” x 22” full bend in 28 seconds 5. Chris Stilwell: ½” x 26” full bend in 18 seconds Steel Snapping Medley Results/ Champion (worth 3 events for overall standing) Don Cummings: Red Nail Snap, 3/8 x 14” Snap, Lying Gr 5 Bolt Snap, Oval Nail x 4 in 17:07 Darrin Shallman: Gr 5 Bolt Snap, 3/8 x 14” Snap, Lying Blue Nail Snap in 25min Amir Bayour: Gr 5 Bolt Snap, 3/8 x 14” Snap, Oval Nail x 1 in 25min Chris Stillwell: Gr 5 Bolt Snap, 5/16 x 12” Snap, Lying Blue Nail Snap in 25min 4. Andrew Pantke: Gr 5 Bolt Snap, 3/8 x 14” Snap in 25min
  34. 6 points
    Yesterday, I braced bent a DHWOG 260kg bar in 5.88 seconds. It has been certified as the new official world record for the short braced bend. Very pumped about this. Here is the video:
  35. 6 points
    Bent this 5.5" by 5/16" grade 8.8 'CW' bolt an inch off center possibly slightly over an inch.
  36. 6 points
    Just a couple of limericks here. Today was unbraced bending, capping with three Reds in IMPs (all under a minute, no electrical tape on my finger but with rubber bands). Tuesday I did some snapping (a 12” spike and four oval nails). I hate to say this out loud but I think I’ve finally grown back all the skin on my left index finger. I first tore it up in summer 2018 (!) and it took a while to look complete again, but then I basically sliced the callus off in May of 2019 doing short square CRS. I lost a lot of progress trying to get it to heal. Since about the beginning of this year I’ve been much more diligent about electrical tape over the wound while bending and about dialing in my technique to keep my fingers on the wrap as much as possible (also maximizes my leverage). Taking better care of my skin, paying more attention to my shoulder mobility using clubs/bands and @wobbler‘s suggestion of using battlefield wraps to bridge some of my gaps have helped me get past some barriers that had been really frustrating me.
  37. 6 points
    This is my first post here in nine months. It is the first post in over 5 years that will give any details as to what I am doing with grippers. I was beginning to think that I was just "too old". Grippers had not dropped much, but my overall strength was way down. My overall strength was way down because I really wasn't doing jack. Grippers hung in there to some extent, because I was always working some angle on crushing grip. I switched to full Go Really Grip Machine for a few months. Got better on the Go Really, but for grippers, it seemed to "maintain" the strength at best. About the time of the Covid crisis, I made some crushing grip changes. Aside from weight training, I work on crushing grip related gadgets 4 or 5 days a week: 1. High Volume IMTugs for ring finger and combination pinky/ring finger. Some #1 Tug work for Pinky. What is high volume? Oh, 800-900 reps total both hands. 2. Go Really Grip Machine. This is one or two times per week. Upon the advice of a strength legend, I do not do "overhand", do not do "underhand". I straddle the contraption and grasp the bar with both hands at the same time like holding a fire hose. I'll do 6 reps, then change hand position from left hand to right hand on top, and do six more reps. Use pretty light weights. Eight sets, moving up 10 pounds each set for the first four sets, then 5 lbs. per set the next 4 sets. 3. The Secret Weapon. I have one of the last Kinney-made rigs, my daughter gave it to me 2002 or so. This time, I am just doing one set for the holds outlined in the John Wood/Joe Kinney book written... what 5-6-7 years ago? When doing two sets, it takes so long you dread it. With one set (holds for 3 or 4 or 5 seconds each rep, capping out at 15 reps before moving up in weight), it just is not that much, you don't dread it, and you do it every single week. 4. Grippers once per week. Long, real long warmups. 5 reps Trainer each hand, then 5 reps Point 5, 3 reps #1, 2 reps #1.5, one rep No. 2, one rep Super 2, one rep 2.5, one rep Grand Master Hubgeezer set, , one rep #3 Hubgeezer set, one rep #3 CCS, maybe another CCS on the 3, a couple of 2.5 singles, then rep out on the Number 2 for two sets. Everything, except the two attempts mentioned, are CCS. Every rep. Results? Well, my 158/159 Number 3 from a failed 2010 #3 Cert gripper, this past Friday, was well under 1/8 of an inch for Hubgeezer Set, and right at 1/8th of an inch CCS. I don't think the two have EVER been that close before. That was Friday. Just a few weeks before my 66th Birthday, I am feeling pretty good about this. Maybe the most optimistic I have been in years. I have not had a "hand injury" in years. No negatives, maybe once a month take the 3.5 for one attempt for the heck of it.
  38. 5 points
    Thanks, coach programmed 6 reps in as many sets needed And cubic yard is how they're sold here. This flow chart might help. Technically a volume but I think if you look under distance/not height/not long/for work it fits!
  39. 5 points
    P.S. wrote this on Facebook yesterday: So my new gripper adjustables were rated by cannon and I now can get the following cannon ratings: 197, 199, 200 (cheap gripper just broke), 201, 203, 204, 205, 206, 207, 208, 209, 2010 “That will do pig, that will do” no excuses now. Plus I got an extra set of longer handles for more ratings when the time comes. My RBA is now filed for Negatives. I got all the tools needed. Just need to put in the work. Resetting the cycle again Sunday. Sunday can’t come soon enough. Game on Let’s see what happens when crush genetics, a beautiful mind, crazy work ethic, insane determination and great tools come together 😜
  40. 5 points
    I pressed 225 freedoms for a set of 10 reps with relative ease yesterday. Elbows were already shot from armwrestling the day before. Might shoot for a max lift of 335 freedoms before the end of the year.
  41. 5 points
  42. 5 points
    Horrido

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    So, I failed! Again. It's the 7th time that this bolt stopped me. It's my personal test in life I guess. The biggest pain in my ass. I have bend several hard stuff, but this bolt is the last puzzle piece in my bending journey (of course the super hard SS stuff like the Square also!), but it will fall. I will get it at some point. It's a promise. No excuses, I had a good day. So I have to work harder towards this goal. No succesfull bend from me this time. But Carl snapped a horseshoe with style, so at least one victory for our steel bending tribe!
  43. 5 points
    camz

    $$$

    Thanks to Kirill's advice I snapped a TDR 16x8 #2 in a little bit over 2 minutes today.
  44. 5 points
    Dear Tommy, hi! I've been fine, lots of work and business trips to far North of Russia and Siberia, I was erecting oil and wastewater refining machineries. In August married wonderful woman! Regarding training - due to business trips it was not a strict schedule, but still regular at least once a week. So during lock-up, when I am home - blew off the dust from the steel, ha-ha! That is magical effect, you know. You just take the bar or the shoe, wrap it tight, just take a grip to hold a bit in the hand - and that's all, you are again in game 😄
  45. 5 points
    Recent wide set attempt with #153. Am a little bored so I thought I should upload something.
  46. 5 points
    As we sit at home today on the 75th Anniversary of VE Day, scared of the ChiCom Plague, everyone please take a few seconds to remember the millions of lives lost on the battlefields of Europe to defeat Hitler and his National Socialist German Worker's Party.
  47. 5 points
    Carl hello! THANK YOU VERY MUCH, I was exactly going to add all existing lists in this thread. Your list is huge, super job is done!
  48. 5 points
    I never did 2 reps, I did 3, but only 2 counted for me😁😅 1 CCS = 2-3 38mm = 5-8 20mm / In my case, of course
  49. 5 points
    acorn

    Log

    Well I survived the surgery yesterday. Doc says it went great and I should expect full recovery.
  50. 5 points
    Every poem has to be started. So, well done! We are looking for more steel that has to be bend!
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