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Interview - 008 - Hannes Kainz

Hannes - Steel Bending, Grip Strength and Armwrestling.

There are several times through a year where I open the youtube channel from Hannes to watch some bends from a very good and strong time. Also the environment in his big garage is just great in my opinion, the Unimog there is an absolute eye catcher and the whole background fits perfect to steel bending. But it´s not only the look, it´s about the great bends Hannes did back in that time.

There are several bends from him which weren´t done after he did it especially the very short ones. Hannes was known as an absolute crush monster. His prime time in bending was in 2013 where he was one of the best out there with really huge bends. But even he isn´t bending anymore with the main focus he is still on a high level which you can see in some of the steel shredder competitions.

So please make sure that you get inspired from some of his bends from his channel:

A little fun fact:

Hannes certed the ironmind red nail and the CoC #3 together back to back.

This is just great, was the first time and I think it was never done again.

Hannes, thanks for your bends and your time for the interview:


Hannes Kainz

Year of birth:




Weight: 112kg




Engineer for machine building

Relationship Status:

Married - two kids 5 / 15

Question 01:

What does steel bending mean to you?

It’s a great test of strength and pain resistance.

Question 02:

When and why did you start steel bending and what does or did your active time look like?

I saw a benders bag from Ironmind somewhere, when I was searching for grippers the very first time.

In my prime I was bending 5/6 days a week, with an huge value of steel. There was a time were I was much stronger than my tendons and skin were able to manage those power, also with all those training I did. That was the point we’re I injured my right hand badly, and had to stop bending. Still a bit proud about a few worlds first bends from my side.

Question 03:

What do you love about steel bending?

It’s the feeling about moving / bending steel with your hands.

Question 04:

What do you hate about steel bending?


Question 05:

How does your training for steel bending look like?

Just bending steel. I’ll try to bend as much variations as possible.

DO, DU, Reverse, snapping....

But mostly short stuff > 7“ and less

Question 06:

How does your other training look like (strength or other)?

I’ll do a lot of armwrestling specific training.

And cardio 2 times a week.

Question 07:

What goals have you set for yourself?

No more steelbending specific goals...I have achived pretty all of my goals in bending.

Grip vise goals, would be a lift with my oval handelt Inch dumbbell 78kg.

Question 08:

What was the most impressive bend you ever saw (live or on video)?

barehanded red nail

Question 09:

Rapid stuff – choose one

Bolts or steel?


Unbraced or braced?

Unbraced Singles or doubles?


Chalk or not?


Beer or water?


Cordura or leather or both?


Short bars or long bars?


Horseshoes or flat bars?


Chips or chocolate?


Question 10:

The last words belong to you. What do you want the reader take away? Let us know your poems of steel!

Take your time to rest > best advice ever!

All my injury’s I had in the past belongs to overtraining and less resting.

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Martin Arjoon
Martin Arjoon
Feb 16, 2021

Great interview with "HaKa" .. A monster bender and gripster .. I especially appreciated his advice on getting adequate rest! Thank you guys!💪🤝💪

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