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  1. 14 points
    Cheers to all steelbenders out there! In this thread I represent you a new steel bending cert. With permission of the Gripboard Admins, a lot of work in the last months and with the support of @camz @Truman and @Tommy J. here is finally a new cert for everyone. From beginner to an elite athlete. It´s a 100% non Profit project. The bolts and the pads you can get for only the self costs. No profit! BUT there is a Prize Money for the two hardest bolts which you can earn after a succesfull cert We have six different bolts where every single one has the same measurements: 8mm x 180mm (~ 5/16" x 7") Listing from easy to hard: 4.8 - A4 - A2 - 8.8 - 10.9 - 12.9 To guarantee the high quality and the comparability every single bolt of each class is from one and the same producer. For more details and everything about the cert and the rules please visit the new Website: https://www.horrido-bending.com/ If you have any questions about this you can contact me here or via the Website. It would be a pleasure to have you been involved in this Project. This thread is for further news, to show you succesfull certs, FAQ and everything else around the project. Love Steel Bending, Jan
  2. 13 points
    I like to do a birthday challenge each year. This year, I thought I would braced bend 42 Golds for my 42nd birthday. I ordered 60 for today, in case I felt good and could do more. Leading up to today, I bent 5, then 10 next training session, then 15, then 22 last week. My hands tore bad on 22, which was great for today because they healed with real tough callouses in the right places. I thought 42 would be my limit today. I woke up at 5 am and could not get back to sleep and just felt very energized and focused. I bent this morning as it is a high of 89 degrees today. I felt strong and got in a fast, smooth rhythm doing 49 in one hour and 60 in 1 hour and 22 minutes. Very happy with this feat. My body is wiped out now. I think my adrenaline was pumping the whole time and just depleted my body. Time to rest. Thanks for checking out this feat. Don Cummings
  3. 12 points
    Dear Athletes, I'm happy to share that FBBC has confirmed my stainless hex 7" x 5/16" DU cert today on June 4th, 2020. Pads used are 1,5" suedes. Please check the video, bend starts at 07:05. Kindest regards, Ivan
  4. 11 points
  5. 10 points
    My club recently started a youtube channel where we post our super matches for our internal ranking system along with other content. SIF Armsport channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaRLicTjThIApd07Eb1SxtA My latest match. recap. We slipped in the first round and went to the strap. I got a shit strap and decided to let go as soon as I realized I wasn’t going to get the top roll. Viktor is bigger and stronger than me and has an absurd wrist rotation strength in the hook. I always get sore in my wrists for weeks whenever I commit hard in a hook match with him. Second round, we slip again. This time however I get a better setup in the strap and I’m able to top roll in the strap. Round 3-5 I top roll him outside the strap. Round 6, at this point I’ve already won the match and decided to meet him in the hook just to se if I could stop him... I couldn’t lol. Will be posting my matches in this thread.
  6. 9 points
    So I decided to test Larry Wheels grip. Boy he is astonishingly amazing. Warmed up a bit and attempted the 40 pounds york blob. He couldn't. Showed him that he needs to chalk. That's it. He destroyed it. Up to 45 pounds blob and same results. He asked for the bad boy and I gave him the fatman blob. He did it. His max was half of the 110 york legacy up to his knee's. Now for thickbars. 100 points fbbc inch. Easy. 125 pounds. Another easy lift. 150. Same results. 172, easy! Millennium trainer, his max. 97 kg inch, nope. Grippers up to almost 150 pounds CoC #3. If he knew the MMS technique he would destroy it. It didn't click with him when I showed him. His best plate pinch was 2 35's. But hey no one else ever did my two 45's besides big Sam. It is so slick, sharp and wide. Larry got like one CM of air below it. That and few more grip fun plus Armwrestling. His base is most people max training in a life time. He is just so strong and a good guy. Videos will be uploaded tomorrow. Edit: Once Larry's videos are uploaded, it will be good promotion for grip sports too!
  7. 8 points
    BIG Update! Yesterday there were five new certs and today one new cert. Great days and I am very happy with it. Looking forward to see the packages arrive at our benders in USA and Russia to see more great bends like these the last two days. Also nice to say that most of them are Gripboard Users. Here we go: First Cert yesterday came from @MarcoBuhl who bend the A2 bolt in double underhand style with IMP´s. Great and strong bend. Then Florian Faisstnauer from Austria with also the A2 bolt and single suede wraps in a very short time. Florian is a long time ago more than ready for the red nail cert, but Ironmind don´t cert at the moment because of the corona case. The next was Brian McShane @Briso who bend as a comeback the A2 bolt and let it look very easy. Steffen Knaak, known as he is a competitor in nearly every Steel Shredder event bend the A4 bolt. Anton Siden @Slippery Pete bend the A4 bolt lighting fast. Don´t blink when you watch the Video. Today Emil @Fist of Fury certed the A2 bolt and let it also look very easy. Great job of all of the benders above. You can see the updated list and every video as always here: https://www.horrido-bending.com/cert-list
  8. 8 points
    Unfortunately the real goal today defeated me again. Not a bad consolation prize but the crush was harder than I'd hoped it to be. Hands are SHREDDED after today so I'll be forced to take a little break to let the tendons and skin heal. Hopefully be back with something amazing in 10-14 days. P.S. Sorry in advance for the attire. It was 90-95 degrees by 9 AM today and my AC unit in the garage didn't really hit it's groove until much later. Gotta be comfortable. HAHAHA 😆😂🤣
  9. 8 points
    Solid workout. Definitely making progress. I worked a little bending in and failed to move a Red or bastard. Not that I didnt try... Afterwards, I bent some minwrap 60ds just to say I bent something...and earned my first tiny knuckle tear since returning. Frankly I'm surprised it took this long. I'm kind of perversely proud of it. I know that improvements follow these tears.
  10. 8 points
    So…where to begin? I have a goal I'd like to share. Why? Camaraderie? Advice? Glutton for punishment? All the above I think. I'd like to cert the IM Gold Nail during my 50th year on this planet. One…that gives me like 2.5 years and Two…that’s pretty cool for an "old guy" and might inspire people. Going back to the Princess Bride…(cause everything does). "What are our liabilities?" I've got a bad back. Like…when it goes out, I can barely stand up…let alone close a IM Trainer Gripper. Anyone with a bad back understands. Those who don't will rarely get how debilitating a bad back can be. I'm soon to turn 48yo. Recovery is NOT like it was 9 years ago when I discovered grip and bending. Basically I need to program everything very very carefully…so I don't end up hurting myself, or wasting a ton of time trying to train and make gains when I'm not recovered. I'm too weak to bend the Gold. I mean…I'm WAY TOO WEAK to bend the Gold. Back when I was at my strongest, I managed to bend a "T" of O-1 Drill Rod @ 8 3/8". It was a million miles from a Cert bend, but it happened…slowly…with leathers. But that was at my strongest…and still a level or two below Gold. I have heart issues. After several surgeries, they decided to install a pacemaker/defibrillator in my chest. The incidental contact while DO bending, is kinda unpleasant. I need to figure a work around on this one. Also…I'm pretty sure I need them to adjust my top end bpm when I get to tougher steel. I already have weird heart related exhaustion that sets in during strenuous effort. "And our assets?" I was a decent DO bender. Not quite "Elite," but definitely decent. Having started back up already, it's coming back faster than I expected. I'm big (6'4" 265lbs), with good sized mitts…doesn't hurt. Not having to start from scratch is a powerful asset. I have plenty of steel/equipment. I've had times where I was scratching and clawing my way around, but now I'm in a good place in life. I've got enough equipment to work out and enough steel to work my way up to the Gold (and beyond). I like using 0-1 Drill Rod to work my way up the 8 3/8" ladder. I'm sober. I haven't had any alcohol in over a year. I'm absolutely not making a statement against drinking. I'm pointing out that drinking can get in the way of recovery (among other things) and that for me, I'll reach my goal quicker without it. My family motto is "Anything worth doing, is worth overdoing." In the past…I generously applied this to drinking. I'm Mental. Basically…I got issues. I believe that a number of grip/bending guys do. I'm not sure exactly what the draw is, but grip/bending seems to fill a need that we have in our lives. That said, there are some benefits to being "a little off." I’m able to hyper-focus on something with extreme diligence, shortening the path to a goal. I'm also can be quite dogged about goals set. I have access to some of the best benders of the world. Where? Here...duh. All in all, I definitely have set a difficult task ahead of me. However, I'm not dissuaded at all. I think I will appreciate it all the more…and I do hope to inspire some new bender with my success. How to get there? My technique is "pretty good," but will get better with bending. So let's ignore that for the moment. I need to focus on three things. Hand conditioning. I put hand conditioning first…because in the past, I found my hands can take quite a lot…and frankly become tough as crap(for bending). So until I find a reason to change my mind…I'm gonna train them every day. Sort of grease the groove if you will. Back improvement I'm gonna train my back 5 times a week…but not with weights. Deadlifts and squats are great, but I no longer want to go that way, so I'm going to be hitting it with BW Squats (possibly added dumbbell weight), Glute Bridges, and Planks. Added Strength I will mostly be using Dumbbells for my workouts. Pretty much all upper body (sad I know). I also will also do "Gold Nail Upright Rows." Imagine a loading pin with weight with a clipped rope that goes up to the center of a Gold Nail with IMPs on. Grab the bar and pull to shoulder height…repeat. Really hits the bending muscles. The very max I can lift is 3 times a week. I have also noticed that with some exercises, I can only hit once a week now. So Monday, Wednesday, Friday are my official "Strength" days. I've been hitting the protein pretty hard this last month. My recommended muscle gain allowance is something like 265 grams…which ain't easy to get without shakes. Anyway…I've actually lost about 5 lbs while visibly reshaping some. Gotta stay patient, stay the course. Here's my basic workout week. Monday Hand slaps (concrete floor) Lighter nails (Reds, Bastards…eventually P,Q,R,S 8 3/8" all in IMPs) Glute Bridges Dumbbell Bench Heavy OAR (one arm rows) GNUR (Gold Nail Upright Rows) Shrugs Hand slaps Rubber Mallet to knuckles 60d's in min wraps Tuesday Hand slaps (concrete floor) Lighter nails (Reds, Bastards…eventually P,Q,R,S 8 3/8" all in IMPs) Bodyweight Squats Planks Hand slaps Rubber Mallet to knuckles 60d's in min wraps Wednesday Hand slaps (concrete floor) Glute Bridges Heavy nail work @ 8 3/8" OHP (over head press lying on bench) Biceps Hand slaps Rubber Mallet to knuckles 60d's in min wraps Thursday Hand slaps (concrete floor) Lighter nails (Reds, Bastards…eventually P,Q,R,S 8 3/8" all in IMPs) Bodyweight Squats Planks Hand slaps Rubber Mallet to knuckles 60d's in min wraps Friday Hand slaps (concrete floor) Lighter nails (Reds, Bastards…eventually P,Q,R,S 8 3/8" all in IMPs) Glute Bridges Dumbbell Bench Heavy OAR (one arm rows) GNUR (Gold Nail Upright Rows) Shrugs Hand slaps Rubber Mallet to knuckles 60d's in min wraps Saturday Hand slaps (concrete floor) Lighter nails (Reds, Bastards…eventually P,Q,R,S 8 3/8" all in IMPs) Sunday Hand slaps (concrete floor) Lighter nails (Reds, Bastards…eventually P,Q,R,S 8 3/8" all in IMPs) Since you made it this far. Here's a pic of my Gold Nail Goal Station. No worries about the empty Gold bin...I have a shit ton of Golds, Reds and Bastards on the way.
  11. 8 points
    Who has done this besides Jedd??? Tanner weighing in at 214 lb today
  12. 8 points
    Today’s session writing doggerel was pretty good. Opened with deadlifts, snapped a 3/8x12 HRS (training for Steel Shredder 7), and did a cert-quality Big Bastard. Bend starts just about the 4:00 mark. And the spoils:
  13. 7 points
    We have the first cert... I am happy to announce that it´s my good friend Kalli @camz who bend the hard 8.8 Bolt. Congrats and welcome on the cert list as the first! Here is the bend: Looking forward to see more guys join in.
  14. 7 points
    I bent heavy almost every time I bent. I bent almost every day. I would usually only do 1 - 2 bends a session and my goal was always to get a PR (harder, shorter, faster, smaller wraps than last time, etc.). I bent 5 - 7 days a week like that for about 3 years. Never got too badly injured, but my body took a beating. Everyone is different though. I made progress every week for those three years and got to or near the top of all the bending lists at the time. Some people, bending like that, wouldn't last a month. Others might be able to bend even more. I don't think I would have made anywhere near the progress I made if I was only going hard 1 day a week, but I might have done better at 3-4 hard sessions a week. But bending for me was always 90% mental and I seemed to lose my mental edge over the steel if I didn't battle with it as often as possible.
  15. 7 points
    @bencrush thank you very much for your kind words. The easiest bolt is the 4.8. This bolt is an easy one and perfect for guys who just started steel bending. It's like a CRS 7mm bar or like the 1/4" Bolts. There is no plan to get a barehand cert or something other in the line, BUT if enough bolts are in the world (and it seems that this will not last long) there will be some challenges over the year like one IMP bends or barehand bends. I will update this here in the thread. As I got a lot questions about the equivalents of the bolts. This list is maybe a little helpfull: 4.8 - like a CRS 7mm bar or a 1/4" Bolt A4 - like a red nail A2 - like a Shiny Bastard 8.8 - like a hard G5 10.9 - similar to a G8 12.9 - out of this planet So there is a cert bolt for every level in the bending section to honour every bend and keep the guys motivated.
  16. 7 points
    So the first packages are on their way to steel benders worldwide. Today a lot of packages were shipped. Germany 6x USA 3x Russia 2x Sweden 2x Looking forward to see the first bends.
  17. 7 points
    Just a training bend, nothing too special. I haven't done any big 8" bends in a while and damn does it show. This was also for whatever reason a bad luck of the draw as far as stock. Anybody who has been been bending long enough knows that especially things like spikes/nails vary all over the board. This time I got an exceptionally tough one. The arc has way more wide and springy than other 80d's I've bent in the past almost like a hard piece of HRS.
  18. 7 points
    This might help International gripsters especially, but we will soon have IronMind Red Nails available at CPW. They are heavy to ship around, but our flat rate options should allow them to be included in most orders at the current rates. Depending on what else you order, of course. We didn't go for the other stock at this time. We felt like the Red Nail is THE ONE where you want official stock. It's good to train on any kind of stock, but to say you bent a Red Nail, you either bent an actual one or you didn't. Right?
  19. 7 points
    I started training for a DO endurance feat. Today, I did 22 x 6” Bastards back to back. Here is a pic.
  20. 7 points
    Ran out of time before work or I would have at least done a grand. First time trying this stock. Pretty fun stuff!! Grand shouldn't be a challenge but it may take a little work to equal @Hannes Kainz on the Mag.
  21. 7 points
    Another one down. That half inch makes a pretty big difference on stainless I gotta say.
  22. 7 points
    Thank you Jan! Thanks Don! I have to note, similar bar finished my reverse bender career in 2014. I got it to 17 degrees and ripped my thumb web tendons. So now I can say debt is paid.
  23. 7 points
    Two 8” pieces of L drill rod in BBWs and then two snaps for time (3/8x12 HRS and a grade 5 lying on my back). Kinking the bolt on my back is still a challenge for me. I’m doing it on my knee, and sometimes I’ve done it overhand, but it’s difficult to get a good kink on the knee. I also lost my towel while finishing the long snap and so I did the bolt with no leg padding besides my jeans.
  24. 6 points
    Just a little different today. I hadn’t done any long braced bends in a while, but 1) I just did unbraced on Friday. Even so, I had planned to DO a bolt for a practice snap today. Nevertheless, b) I tore some skin that has been fragile and even kinking the bolt in DHWOG wraps was making it significantly worse. I need that skin for my official Steel Shredder attempts, since I can’t tape for them. In addition, π) a member of our community, who shall remain nameless because he doesn’t post in this thread, posted on another forum that he’s purchased not only 3/4 HRS but 7/8 HRS. I was therefore required to challenge him to a race to 7/8. So it’s time to get back to heavy braced bends if I’m going to win this race (or even finish it). 15” 3/8 rebar snapped in Horne wraps, followed by 5/8x25” and 1/2x15” in thick suedes I bought from Chris Ryder. It took a few tries to remember what positions worked for me but overall I was happy.
  25. 6 points
    Hi friends! I want to share several episodes of Natalia Kravchenko training with grippers. I feel that she has talent. She trains the grip for less than six months (with grippers - 3-4 months), and weighs 51kg. On the video - attempt to DS close CoC-1.5 , the first attempt to hold bullet with CoC-2 (2 seconds) and attempt of seting CoC-2.5 in parallel.
  26. 6 points
    Last weekend there were two more certs! My good friend Daniel @Truman was able to bend the A2 bolt easily. He is training for the 8.8 and it´s only a matter of time. Also our new bending talent from germany Richard Siebels bend the A2 bolt with style and he want to get shorter on this bolt in the next sessions. The Cert List is updated with a new style. Keep a look at it: https://www.horrido-bending.com/cert-list Also more packages are on the way to the benders. USA, Austria, Northern Ireland and Germany. Here are the two new Videos from Daniel and Richard:
  27. 6 points
    Wednesday! My heavy long bar day. Warmed up with a 60d in 24s and a Red in Imps. Wrapped up a "P" 8 3/8" in Imps and went at it. Took it down in about 90 seconds. While it's true it took a lot out of me...I was super pleased. Two weeks ago I could barely kink it. Wrapped up a "Q" and kinked it to 18deg. Freaking progress yo! Followed with OHP and biceps, BW squats, planks and glute bridges. And of course hand slaps, knuckle mallets. Good freaking day. Thanks for the support packmates.
  28. 6 points
  29. 6 points
    Monday...good workout, good hand conditioning, bent a red ...was way harder than I felt it should have been. I.M. package arrived. Randall asked me to return the Golds I bought...saying they were not right. I measured them at .366. They should be .375. So...I'll ship them back. Today...hand conditioning. Hand slaps and mallet knuckles. Bent a 60d in minwraps(12s) then broke out one of the new Reds. The kink seemed normal...but then it freaking MELTED. Abnormally. Like...I'm badass and all that...but this was weird. I bent it to 1 1/4" in like 6 seconds. So maybe this is the time to cert Red...cause these are questionable. I followed that with a 60d DU minwrap(4s). Felt good to move steel nearly barehanded. More slaps. Finished up with a bunch of bwsquats and planks. Good day.
  30. 6 points
    Heimdall bar cert bend Loki bar cert bend Badass bars from JT! Loving the wraps also. I think once they are broke in they will be my new favorite.
  31. 6 points
    Sunday was a good day. Did the following bends: RedNail replica, IMPs 4.8 bolt - doubles A2, 8mm, SS bolt - doubles 7mm, 7", CRS Nail - single IMP 2 RedNail replicas, doubles
  32. 6 points
    Saturday was uneventful, but that is not to say it wasn't productive. So much of goal achieving is simply showing up and doing the work. Today I did hand conditioning and some back/abs work. I wanted to bend a tiny bit to keep the groove so I did a quick 60d in minwraps. Here's where things got interesting. Reading Don's multinail bend posts inspired me some. I took 2 taped 60ds in IMPs and went to town. Holy hell. I got to be honest, I almost quit half way through. This wasn't a particularly hard bend when I was in shape, but today...it reminded me how far I have to go. It was WAY harder than it should been. Still, it's a milestone for my return. Baby steps.
  33. 6 points
    Today's workout was a roller coaster of emotions. Intellectually, we all know we can't improve in straight lines etc...but emotionally, it's hard to separate our desires from reality. I started with concrete hand slaps and rubber mallet to the knuckles. Seems to be a good warm up for me. I did some back exercises and held some planks (holy hell my stomach is weak shit). My shaking made me realize that my lack of sleep is catching up with me a little. Bending... I started with a min wrap 60d, followed by a Red in IMPs. Since it's Wednesday (longer bar day), I went ahead and grabbed a "P" bar 8 3/8". Slapped IMPs on it and...it went Nowhere. My brain went to that dark place. I felt like I was wasting my time. Why was I bothering with any of this? Etc Etc. So...I went ahead and slapped my hands on the concrete for the length of a song. It bought me some time to think...while doing something positive toward my goal. During this time...I decided I'd just kink that bar in leathers, then transition to IMPs for the rest. Doing this simple thing really turned my workout around. Leathers helped me melt it easily. I think I literally moved it to 40deg in one hit. Finished it in IMPs relatively easily. I'm not 100% sure what this told me. I know I"m worn down...but I also know I've far to go to get back to top form. Leathers provide a SIGNIFICANT advantage. Yes they protect my hands(which are beat up)...but more so, they provide leverage on the bar. Either way, it pleased me to melt the fckr. I need to accept small wins...any forward motion. After I did my dumbbell and sledge work...I got my bending buddies out so they could cheer me on from now on. Scroll down for pics. Big thanks to @JHenze646
  34. 6 points
    There are a lot of good and thoughtful people in the world. I received an email about a week ago from a person I did not know, Greg Pickett. Turns out he has been in the strength world for a long time, was a power lifter and even wrote for MILO magazine. He loves steel bending, especially double underhand bending. He is moving and did not want to move all of his steel. He wanted to help a serious bender and had seen some of my videos. He sent me a nice package of steel, including some great looking nails. The pic was one of the nails I bent today. This was a tough nail. Looks like an old school nail. Reminds me of the hard ones Pat P has from the 1960s. Very cool of Greg.
  35. 6 points
    It's 90% mental. Period. If you are the type of person who can embrace the pain day after day for years, you can be a top level bender. People who can go to that special dark place in their mind and completely disregard the pain and possible injury are the ones that can be great. After that, leverages and then strength in that order.
  36. 6 points
    Yesterday's training session. Three galvanized 80d spikes cut to 6". These are tough! Wide bending radius and don't really let up. Feels a bit easier than a G8 to me. For a point of reference I did 3 of these at 6.5" right before the 6.5" G8 ... Also tried a 5.5" U Edgin but it was a good half inch off center and my hands were tearing by that point. Finished at about 2.5". If I remember right the U marking is the toughest of the G5. Need to find more like that!
  37. 6 points
    No #4 or ghp 9-10 closes here lol but pretty happy with these. Had one of those days where the grippers felt easy so I went for my MM3 replica which is rated 172 by cannon. This equals my best attempt years ago but at a much lower bodyweight. I took it down this far at about 233lbs or so but I'm only about 207 now. I got it to about 1/8" at least. Of course it opens up a bit right away when you're at a max. I tried my Elite rated 166 after this and it was literally a hair from closing. So close only I knew it didnt close because I couldn't feel it. I know for a fact this would have closed if I did it first. Lastly I went for a PR on my #3 and got one. Hit 10 reps after the mm3 and elite attempts. The 3 felt pretty light in comparison!
  38. 6 points
    A friend who is a photographer took some cool pics of the feat.Here are a couple.
  39. 6 points
    happy to be in with Austria again 🙂
  40. 6 points
    Progress. They are still harder than they should be (though I flashed one in 6seconds). I'm gonna keep up with Reds and Bastards (and min wrap 60ds) for hand conditioning, but am going to transition to 8 3/8" starting tomorrow. Post workout, I'll outline my training plan and goals also...and will welcome suggestions/additions.
  41. 5 points
    These videos each contain an F bomb if that’s problematic for you. They contain me fumbling around like I don’t know what I’m doing, which is problematic for me. 5/8x25: 1/2x15:
  42. 5 points
    Today I did some practice snaps for Steel Shredder 7 and then some DO stock. 15” rebar and a 60D (lying on my back) snapped, then a Bastard and a Huge Bastard (took about 5:20). The lying snaps feel like I’m missing some major piece of the technique. I can’t figure out how to apply force with a thigh crush so I just end up chest crushing the nail or bolt instead. It works but it’s slow and inefficient.
  43. 5 points
    https://cannonpowerworks.com/pages/grip-strength-ratings-data Big update to the ratings data! Check it out if you're interested. Grip Genie and the CPW Hybrids are added. We did some research and made some corrections this round. For example there were a couple instances of a filed gripper sneaking in as the max. Whoops! Also, it's not meant to be annoying, but we tried to watermark our URL better. We have frequently seen our information shared with our name cropped off the bottom -- which we found odd. 🤠 Enjoy!
  44. 5 points
    Threw my back out...in bed. Why...cause I'm old. First little setback of my gold run. So...I did some glute bridges, BW squats, hand slaps and light bending. 60d in minwraps (12s) Red in 2/3rd IMPs 60s with a single cordura (12) on the pointy end. My hands have gotten conditioned to the point that theres no real need to wrap the 60d head end...so why do it? Also...I need to work my Red bends down in wraps. Today was the start. Just then my KenDavis shoes arrived so I went upstairs to grab em. I ordered 13 but was sent 22. Emailed them offering to pay the extra...cause I'm a sap. Did an abbreviated workout. Db bench, OARs, GN rows, shrugs. Done...without aggravating my back. Hallelujah.
  45. 5 points
    Same here. But only one hour per session and of course only DO. Sometimes I do high Volume with moderate bars and sometimes I go very heavy on one or two bars.
  46. 5 points
    Ok, Ive been away from steel bending for ages.....but I'm back at it again now! 🙂 About 2 years since I did a bending workout.....but got stuck in today and did the following with single ironmind wraps: 1 piece of 7mm stainless x 7" 3 pieces of 8mm mild steel x 7" (from memory this batch was a little bit tougher than a red) My form/movement is rusty as hell and one of the bends horribly off centre....but at least it gets the ball rolling! Got a bit carried away and did the 4 bends within about 5 or 6 minutes. Next workout will be more structured! Here is the video - Nice to be back 🙂
  47. 5 points
    Today’s session: two Reds under cert conditions, a grade 5 snapped on my back, and a 15” piece of rebar snapped standing. The rebar is a little narrower than what I expected and wanted - I think my supplier measured around the ribs (Horne measures inside the ribs), so I basically have 9mm rebar and was planning to do 10mm. Oh well. I was surprised how abruptly the rebar snapped. With the grade 5s they hold on for a little bit - you can see it trying to hang together. With the rebar, there was basically time to notice one crack and then the whole thing broke on the next open.
  48. 5 points
    I hope so...cause this set is on the way to Michigan.
  49. 5 points
    Tried a fresh Shiny today and it wasn’t moving. Today’s completed bends were an 8” L drill rod in IMPs, a Red under cert conditions, and a Huge Bastards decidedly not under cert conditions. It’s the first time I’ve been able to bend the Red without rubber bands, so I’m super pleased with that. The Huge was done over the course of maybe 20 minutes, kinked in doubles and finished in BBWs. It’s a doable bend, but it’s going to take a lot to get there.
  50. 5 points
    Hi all, brand new to bending and this is actually my second post. Commenting because I thought my experience might be interesting for the discussion. I retired from pro powerlifting in March, and decided to try grip since I still need strength goals and grip is much easier to do at home. I competed in powerlifting for over 20 years and was able to get to a pretty high level of the sport. After a couple of months of grip training I decided to try some bending, and so far I think I’m hooked. So having zero bending experience but a high level of general strength, I was able to bend a yellow nail double-underhand, and bend an Ultra Lite #2 on my first tries, both pretty easily. Also bent a couple of harder shoes that I don’t know the brands of. That is all the steel I have right now, but I feel like I could probably have a good shot at a blue but wouldn’t even be close on the red. Overall, I think coming to this with a high base level of strength is helping me, but there are drawbacks as well: First, having advanced strength with novice technique is a little dangerous. Basically my shoulders, back and CNS are able to apply forces that the tissues in my hands aren’t ready for. I seem to get beat up VERY easily. I think in terms of longevity, it’s better to lay down a foundation of technique before pushing strength. I also struggle with some positions due to poor shoulder mobility. Double Overhand simply doesn’t work. I’ve found the ”psyche” of bending to be different then powerlifting. Powerlifting rewards aggression while bending seems to be more about tenacity. Personally I see bending as more mental than most strength sports because the variety of techniques allow determined athletes to find a way to maximize their own leverages. Contrast this to powerlifting or weight lifting which favor specific body types, making genetics more of a determining factor. A successful bend seems to come down to how good your technique is and how badly you want it.
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