Interview - 003 - David Horne
He said yes to the interview and everyone who get in touch with steel bending will know his name. David Horne.
David is a pioneer in bending and grip strength and I think he is one of these persons who live and breath these two types in strength!
He is running the World of Grip and this includes the Steel Shredder Contest, which is a world wide competition where everybody can take part. There are several contests in the year and if the actual competition fits to your bending style or your goals then you should take part of it. This is a very good experience. I also took part in one of the last years steel shredder and it was a lot of fun.
David is longer in the game than most of us are on the planet earth and his knowledge is exceptional, so his thoughts on several topics are always interesting.
Here is the Interview!
Year of birth:
6' 2" (188cm)
England - Stafford
My business is World of Grip
What does steel bending mean to you?
It has been many things over the years, but now it is an ability to test my strength, fitness, knowledge and artistic traits.
When and why did you start steel bending and what does or did your active time look like?
I was 17 years old and at work as a landscaper. I was handed a nail to bend at work when some bodybuilders couldn’t bend it, I easily did it and got back to the job of knocking posts in. I seemed to be initially strong on feats that required hand strength.
What do you love about steel bending?
For me, at my age it is the progress and invention that I see or do within this hobby.
What do you hate about steel bending?
Very easy, it is when people are narrow-minded regarding this pursuit, or anything!
How does your training for steel bending look like?
It does change, and has to change so that you do not overdo a certain body-part or joint. For a good few years snapping steel of any length, shape or kind has been a blessing for me. It gives me fitness training that I love!
How does your other training look like (strength or other)?
It is, and has always been a mixture of all-over body training, and specialised grip training. I have done a myriad of other strength sports since 1986, so have had to be strong everywhere.
Contests as of 25 Jan, 2021
Grip: including steel (98 comps)
All-Round Weightlifting (46 comps)
Tug of War (35 comps)
Armwrestling (30 comps)
Strongman (18 comps)
Stone Lifting (10 events)
Highland Games (6 comps)
Other Strength (6 comps)
Feats of Strength (4 events)
Powerlifting (1 comp)
Strandpulling (1 comp)
What goals have you set for yourself?
I have done basically everything I have wanted to do. I have competed in World Championships in three different sports, etc. I want to keep fit and healthy, which is so important. On steel I want to keep advancing within myself.
What was the most impressive bend you ever saw (live or on video)?
Live is always cool. When I hand Reuben Hughes pieces of steel I cannot bend and he does it. He is so good. I would like to be young like him again.
Rapid stuff – choose one
Bolts or steel?
Unbraced or braced?
Braced I think Singles or doubles?
I usually only use single wraps.
Chalk or not?
Yeah chalk the hands, why not!
Beer or water?
I don’t drink alcohol, so a cup of tea for me.
Cordura or leather or both?
10” x 4” Suede wraps for me
Short bars or long bars?
Don’t mind, depends what my goal is
Horseshoes or flat bars?
Only just started with the horseshoes a few months ago and am enjoying the learning process.
Chips or chocolate?
If it is real chips, like in England, with salt and vinegar on and beside the seaside!
The last words belong to you. What do you want the reader take away? Let us know your poems of steel!
Readers please enjoy your training; this is a key to training longevity and health of body and mind. If something is injuring you, change and do something else. There is plenty in the world of steel to explore!