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Horrido
1 hour ago, anwnate said:

 

After barehanding a number of different nails, I'm now convinced that a DO barehand Red is possible also. 

It would definitely help to cherry pick one without jagged ends...but I see it happening down the road.

A red barehand with DO style would be absolute epic. The force on the hands skin at the start position is really hard. I think I am not bad at the one IMP thing, but barehand is another world in this case. Would love to see it at a time but I think this is really near the unbelivable thing. But also don't know where we all are in five years and what level then is the new standard.

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I think it´s time for an own thread, as the last days show, that this year can become very special again for the steel bending world. it started with the following threads from Tommy:  

Well, you guys talked me into it. Honestly I couldn't stay away. It's been some time since I bent or did any physical activity besides walking, so I have a ways to go before I regain what I have lost.

As it is important to get also new benders in line, here are some thoughts for the beginning and the intermediate: To strive for the red nail cert there are some simple facts: only bending in IMP

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anwnate
15 minutes ago, Horrido said:

...But also don't know where we all are in five years and what level then is the new standard.

Absolutely!  It's scary to think what may happen down the road.

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Slippery Pete

Finished todays bending session with a one IMP bend. If i stay healthy I would like to bend the red nail in one IMP next year.

Bad video. Gotta fix a set-up in the gym for a camera. I have been spoiled by my gf who has been filming all my bends lately.

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Lennix

So I picked up bending recently because there might be a competition next summer which runs DU/Reverse bending. Started of with 6mm and 7mm nails and then proceeded to 8mm HRS 

Here's 8mm 180mm HRS from 2 days ago. Any technique pointers or idea's is very welcome. Goals is 8mm HRS 100mm to next Summer. 

 

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Donc101

Looked pretty good to me. I would flip the bar for the crush. A DU Bend is normally complete at 40 degrees, unless the rules in your comp is different.

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Lennix
12 minutes ago, Donc101 said:

Looked pretty good to me. I would flip the bar for the crush. A DU Bend is normally complete at 40 degrees, unless the rules in your comp is different.

Thanks! I think they want it to 60 degrees. The fully bend was just because I want to try to learn how to include more of my chest in the bend :) 

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William James

Been a while since I posted progress, I spent my time bringing up weak areas. Completed 9/32 in imps DO today and feel like I’m officially on the road to the red. Critiques on form welcome. 

 

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Slippery Pete

Good job!

I would say it looks pretty good! You just gotta keep bending and increase your pain tolerance. 

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Donc101
1 hour ago, William James said:

Been a while since I posted progress, I spent my time bringing up weak areas. Completed 9/32 in imps DO today and feel like I’m officially on the road to the red. Critiques on form welcome. 

 

Looks pretty good. Maybe could get more power driving forward on the initial hits. 9/32 is a good step up. Do you know Anton, Tom and the other NY benders? Would be good to hook up with those guys.

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William James
6 hours ago, Slippery Pete said:

Good job!

I would say it looks pretty good! You just gotta keep bending and increase your pain tolerance. 

Thank you! Been trying to toughen up the hands using World of grip wraps for warm ups. Not used to these longer bends digging into my hands. 

5 hours ago, Donc101 said:

Looks pretty good. Maybe could get more power driving forward on the initial hits. 9/32 is a good step up. Do you know Anton, Tom and the other NY benders? Would be good to hook up with those guys.

Thanks Don! Yeah, I’ll keep that in mind. I did a grade 5 after this and took a few hits to get the initial movement, so maybe not distributing power consistently.  

Yeah for sure - if there are NYC benders out there, shoot me a message.  

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AcroBend

I've had to take the last month off from bending after straining 2 fingers during acrobatics. I've had a couple of successful sessions with the Wrist Developer and Steel Bender's Helper, so I might try some steel either Wed or Fri. I was right on the verge of 5/16 x 7" HRS, so hopefully I haven't lost too much. 

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Tom Flesher

Pretty sure this thread is the only good thing about 2020...

Today’s boneyard is 2 5/16 HRS Bars cut to 7 1/4 as warmups (I like to go a little longer than 7 to help stretch out my shoulders), a Horrido 4.8, a Red under cert conditions (all IMPs), and then a 10” wrench just for the hell of it. First big session in a while, and it felt very promising. 
 

 

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Tom Flesher
On 9/22/2020 at 8:36 AM, AcroBend said:

I've had to take the last month off from bending after straining 2 fingers during acrobatics. I've had a couple of successful sessions with the Wrist Developer and Steel Bender's Helper, so I might try some steel either Wed or Fri. I was right on the verge of 5/16 x 7" HRS, so hopefully I haven't lost too much. 

I know it’s been a while - how has the recovery gone?

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AcroBend
16 hours ago, Tom Flesher said:

I know it’s been a while - how has the recovery gone?

Thanks for checking in! I am fully recovered, but I've been struggling to get back on the bending schedule I was on before the injury. This is mainly due to acrobatics starting up again, but also a shift in priorities as my hand balancing and metabolic conditioning got stronger while my fingers were healing. It's always a balancing act for me to consistently do all of the activities that I normally do. When one gets stronger, the other tends to fall off. 

But today looks to be open to do some actual bending after my strength training session(s). It'll be interesting to see what I can do. 

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Tom Flesher
6 hours ago, AcroBend said:

Thanks for checking in! I am fully recovered, but I've been struggling to get back on the bending schedule I was on before the injury. This is mainly due to acrobatics starting up again, but also a shift in priorities as my hand balancing and metabolic conditioning got stronger while my fingers were healing. It's always a balancing act for me to consistently do all of the activities that I normally do. When one gets stronger, the other tends to fall off. 

But today looks to be open to do some actual bending after my strength training session(s). It'll be interesting to see what I can do. 

Man, do I feel this. The school year starting is always difficult from a scheduling perspective. This year I’m also prepping for King Kong and a November strongman competition that  was supposed to be in August. Bending unfortunately got left on the back burner for a little while (which helped with some lingering injuries, at least).

I’ve also been doing more GPP as part of a campaign to squeeze into a slightly lower weight class for those competitions, and man, there are only so many hours in the day.

Doing Steel Shredder 7 also free some focus away from DO, unbraced bending and the heavier braced bars that I’m best at. I’m trying to finish my Red Nail cert and then probably doing more to focus on chasing the Hexabastard after that. 

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Nothing to write home about (mainly because I failed my 12” wrench on the thigh crush) but a decent second session this week: two HRS 5/16x7.25 to warm up, a Horrido A4, and a Red.

Ironmind is mailing my cert package so I’m making sure I’m ready. Not sure when it will arrive or when I’ll make the attempt.

 

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I did a bend. I had a little problem on the initial kink because the bar placement was not quite right. The same thing happened on the 8.8 I bent prior to this. Both were fun in their own respect.

 

 

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Something I’ve been working on after beginning my steel bending practice back in August, is how to balance my other training pursuits without increasing my chance of injury or overtraining. Over the last few months, steel bending has been lumped into the same time as my hand balancing sessions (directly afterwards), which can go upwards to 3 hours a day. Through August and September that was fine, but this month has shown a noticeable difference In both my hand balancing and new steel bending practice, in that the quality in both were actually suffering. I also was experiencing tennis elbow on both arms, and my shoulder health started to suffer, killing the quality of my other practice. 

After noticing all this happening, I took a week off all training in hand balancing and steel bending, focusing solely on recovery, mobility and light flexibility work. What I’ve decided to do going forward is move my steel bending practice into the mornings right after breakfast and coffee, and keep my hand balance practice in the evenings, moving from cramming it all in into the evening. Having the morning to start fresh in bending, and having the day to recover for the hand balance practice at night, I think will spread the work well. Bending will be done just twice a week as well, to add ample recovery between sessions, with handbalance staying at 5 sessions a week. Anyone who trains other physical disciplines outside of bending have thoughts? 

I started back into bending this morning, and the break really helped the session, with no experience of discomfort in the elbows or shoulders. Currently working at 9/32x7 CRS FBBC for the workout, with a bend slightly over for a max. Video is my 9/32x7 bend, and in the photo, CRS on the left from the video, and the max bend for today: .2900 Drill Rod, “L”, rated a bit higher than 9/32x7 CRS. What’s funny about that max bend, it was done before the steel in the video. It was supposed to be .2720 Drill Rod, “I”, but I grabbed the wrong bar from the table. What I expected to be easier was actually much harder, and that’s when I realized I grabbed the wrong rod, haha. Smashed it anyways. It was my first experience with drill rod, and the crush was a killer. 

Thanks for reading! 

 

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