Russia and steel bending athletes is a story with lots of victorys. Sergei Bragin is one of them and he is an extreme strong one!
I first saw Sergei back at the Iron Grip Certs a few years ago where he certed for a barehand bend with a 90kg bar and this was and is still worldclass. Then I saw more and more very strong bends in a very short time from him including a 10.9 bolt and we all know that only a few guys in our world are able to bend with this force.
Take a look at his youtube channel, where you can find lots of his bends.
You will also find some ice bathing in russia and his sons are already bending a good amount of steel. So lots of good stuff to watch.
Thanks Sergei that you took part with the interview and here it is:
Sergeiy Vasilievich Bragin
Year of birth:
Russia - Arkhangelsk
Russian Special Forces
Married, 3 sons
What does steel bending mean to you?
Lifestyle, pleasure, self-expression
When and why did you start steel bending and what does or did your active time look like?
Bending steel started in June 2017, I accidentally found a video on the Internet, I tried and realized that this is mine, the meaning of life.
What do you love about steel bending?
The superiority of my muscles and tendons over the stiffness of steel.
What do you hate about steel bending?
Injuries. This is the most dangerous bending companion.
How does your training for steel bending look like?
I think in advance about the length, thickness and grade of steel. I determine the time and number of bent rods. I decide on the protection: single or double. Each bend is only for an increasing load, there are no equal bends. Bending rate is 3 consecutive days, 3-4 days rest.
How does your other training look like (strength or other)?
This is multifaceted. Weight lifting exercises, horizontal bar exercises and various strength tricks.
What goals have you set for yourself?
To be the strongest and most famous steel bender.
What was the most impressive bend you ever saw (live or on video)?
Aleksandr Klimovich from Kaliningrad bent a class 10.9 bolt in single defense Iron Mind Pads, double overhand.
Rapid stuff – choose one
Bolts or steel?
Unbraced or braced?
Braced Singles or doubles?
Singles and doubles
Chalk or not?
Beer or water?
Cordura or leather or both?
Cordura, cordura + leather
Short bars or long bars?
Horseshoes or flat bars?
Chips or chocolate?
The last words belong to you. What do you want the reader take away? Let us know your poems of steel!
The iron rule of four:
Bending Steel You Get Stronger – Sergei Bender. Go ahead and avoid injury.
Железное правило 4С - СГИБАЯ СТАЛЬ СТАНОВИШЬСЯ СИЛЬНЕЕ.