On August 24, 2014, I did a Strongman Show as part of the Mason’s Hope SuperHero 5K, a fundraiser for Mason Barto, a little boy with CDG (Congenital Disorders of Glycosylation).
Here is a short news video that talks about Mason’s story.
It was my pleasure to be a part of such an awesome cause. I was hoping to have Mason stand on my chest while I performed the Bend of Nails, but in the days leading up to the event Mason was visiting more specialists and ended up having to stay there longer than planned.
I look forward to meeting you, buddy!
On top of the great cause, I was particularly excited about being able to put on this show, because my parents, my grandmother, my wife and my daughter were all there. You see, I rarely do a local show – most of my stuff takes place in other states, so none of them have ever watched me perform live.
Below is the show I put together.
Watch each feat separately:
If you’ve ever wanted to do feats of strength like bending a wrench, a horseshoe, a hammer, or rolling a frying pan, this DVD can show you how to do it.
Braced Bending DVD
Make it a Great Day!
P.S. During the show, I pulled off a feat I have never been able to complete, if memory serves. I lifted a 55-lb anvil by the tail and then picked up a 50-lb Blob and curled it. It was quite a rush to do it during the show, although most of the audience probably had no idea how hard it was, ha ha ha.
If you are working on Lifting the Blob, here is the best resource for you:
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I was recently interviewed by Josh Hewitt in the Straight to the Bar Gym Chats.
The topic was Grip Strength and Feats of Strength.
In the video, we also talk a bit about how I got involved in strength training and what led me to loving Grip Strength and Feats.
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Blasting Apart a Phone Book
Hope you had an awesome Mother’s Day Weekend.
I have not had a chance to visit my Mom yet. I was only able to give her a call, as I was out of town from Thursday on and just got back late last night.
I was away to Spokane, Washington at the Empire Classic, a big expo consisting of bodybuilding, physique, strongman, and powerlifting competitions.
I had the opportunity to perform Feats of Strength in front of 1200 people and it is something I will never forget.
Strongman Feats Show
Here’s the video from Saturday Night’s performance…
You will see I struggle quite a bit with the phone book. I warmed up with the same dumbbells and plates that the bodybuilders were using and my hands got super greasy and were slipping on the pan and book.
Also, I have been fighting with a sinus infection for weeks and weeks and was struggling with the hot water bottle. The first night, I totally failed because my beard was not letting me get a good seal on my face. The second night, I just couldn’t breathe very well through my nose at all, making the feat 10 times harder.
I really wish I would have gotten the Friday show on tape, because I wasn’t as rushed and really did a better job speaking. Recognized the promoter, the competitors, talked about Grip Strength’s importance, the sport of Grip, explained the feats, and even recognized the Veterans in the crowd, which is something I always try to build into my shows.
Either way, I had a ton of fun and learned a lot over the course of the entire weekend about promoting contests. Ivan and Erin Ribic operate a whole other level compared to what we do in Grip Sport. I was blown away at the level of organization.
Public Service Announcement: If you try a hot water bottle, use safety glasses. I forgot my glasses both nights and could have really gotten hurt badly.
Grip Strength Challenge
While I was there, I also ran a Grip Challenge booth.
As always, one of the biggest attractions was the Grippers I had spread all over the table.
One dude, a strongman competitor, was trying as hard as he could to close a #1 gripper, but just couldn’t get it.
Just as I figured his technique was off.
He had it positioned wrong in his hand from the start.
Bad positioning throws off the way the fingers pull on the front handle, making a gripper 25 to 50 pounds harder to close.
So, I ran him through 3 or 4 simple technique modifications and within minutes he had not only smashed the #1 gripper shut, but had also managed to close the #2.5.
While this kind of a jump is rare, I see guys going from missing the #1 to closing the #2 just through technique improvements ALL THE TIME.
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This weekend, we traveled to Johnson City, NY, and Fitness Headquarters.
This would be the locale for yet another Diesel Bender to certify on the Red Nail.
The Red Nail, is not actually a “nail,” but a piece of round stock measuring 5/16″ in diameter and 7″ in length.
In the past Eli Thomas certified on the Red Nail at Fitness HQ (2005) and I did it in 2007 as well.
This time, it was Luke Raymond’s turn.
Here’s the video:
Luke Raymond Slays the Red Dragon
If you’ve been following along, you know that Luke took to bending pretty well. The first time he tried bending, he wiped out a 60D with suede wraps.
The 60D has been considered the benchmark feat of bending strength for quite some time. If you could bend on, you earned the respect of others as someone with potential.
To say that Luke has potential is an understatement. We can only guess what he will be capable of.
If you want to try bending, make sure you get the ebook that has helped several hundred people get their bending career going in the right direction. The Diesel Crew Nail Bending eBook.
No other resource in the world covers the information you need to know as a new bender like this eBook does.
Grab it today, and who knows…maybe we’ll see your name up in lights as a Certified Red Nail Bender sometime in the not-so-distant future.
All the best in your training,
Few things make me happier than seeing my students reach their goals.
I know how much work they have put in, the sacrifices they have made, and the battles they have fought.
Today, one of my members at The Grip Authority, Adam Moyers, appears on the IronMind website for his official Red Nail certification.
Here is a picture below. Adam is the one with the Red Hillbilly Jim Beard (blue shirt). My friend, Sean Dockery was his witness, as the feat went down in Columbus this past Saturday night.
What is the Red Nail?
If you aren’t familiar with the Red Nail, it is the primary steel bending certification that is out there.
The Red Nail is actually a cold-rolled steel bar 7″ long and 5/16″ in diameter.
So, it’s not really a nail, as in something you would use in carpentry, but it is still given that name.
In case you are not altogether familiar with steel bending terminology, think of a steel bar about the length of a pencil, but about as thick as a Sharpie marker.
The Red Nail – The Primary Bending Feat
Bending a Red Nail is quite an accomplishment.
When I first started bending back in 2002, there was only 1 person certified for bending a Red Nail.
He did it in 1995 and nobody else did it until 2003!
Since then, on average, only about 6 to 10 guys get certified each year for bending these bars.
So, you can tell, it is quite a legitimate feat of strength.
Red Nail Bending Rules
There are a few rules for the official Red Nail bend.
First, you can only wrap the bar to protect your hands with the cordura wraps that IronMind sells.
These wraps, called IMP’s or IronMind Pads, offer great protection for your skin so you don’t drive a bar through your skin, so that’s great.
However, they do very little in the way of padding.
Using something like suede leather pads the bend and reduces the sting.
Believe me, you EARN your Red Nail bend when you go with IMP’s.
Next, you have to take the bar from perfectly straight to a U-shape with less than 2″ of space between the bar ends in less than 60 seconds.
That means, you have to be explosive in the bend. If you take your good old time bending it, you might miss the 60-second cut-off, and have to try to bend another one.
You also have to perform your bend before a witness of IronMind’s choosing.
IronMind will assign you a witness, and then you must contact them to line-up the specifics of your certification attempt.
Of course, the bar also has to be an official Red Nail from IronMind. They send 3 of them to your witness for the official attempts.
Red Nail Bending Technique
Naturally, just like any other sport or execution of strength, there are rules for how you bend it.
For the Red Nail bend, no bracing is permitted. Do so, and you get disqualified.
So, you have to know the ins and outs of proper bending technique.
That’s where I come in.
Instructional Bending Resources
Before 2005, there was very little information on bending. I decided to fix this by publishing my Nail Bending eBook in December of that year.
This eBook covers everything you need to know to bend the Red Nail and other challenging bars, nails and bolts.
Of course, some people learn better from video than still-shots like are in my eBook. So, by popular demand, I put together another resource called the Nail Bending DVD in 2010.
I would estimate that over 50% of the people who have certified on the Red Nail did so after studying at least one of my resources on bending.
Naturally, having the how-to information in front of you isn’t going to guarantee an instant Red Nail certification.
You still have to hone your technique.
You still have to develop your strength.
You still have to put the work in.
But, one thing is for sure, all other things being equal, those who utilize at least one of these resources will have a much easier time of accomplishing their goal, than the person who just tries to figure everything out on their own.
So, if the thought of bending steel interests you…
If you’ve ever wanted to try feats of strength…
Or if you want to see your name up in lights, like Adam Moyers, John Manna, Trevor Lainge, Adam Glass, Carl Donati, and many of the other benders who have tackled this elite feat of strength, your best bet is to get my products.
I look forward to seeing your name on the Red Nail Roster sometime soon down the line.
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