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Interview - 010 - Sergei Bragin

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:




Weight: 88kg


Russia - Arkhangelsk


Russian Special Forces

Relationship Status:

Married, 3 sons

Question 01:

What does steel bending mean to you?

Lifestyle, pleasure, self-expression

Question 02:

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.

Question 03:

What do you love about steel bending?

The superiority of my muscles and tendons over the stiffness of steel.

Question 04:

What do you hate about steel bending?

Injuries. This is the most dangerous bending companion.

Question 05:

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.

Question 06:

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

This is multifaceted. Weight lifting exercises, horizontal bar exercises and various strength tricks.

Question 07:

What goals have you set for yourself?

To be the strongest and most famous steel bender.

Question 08:

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.

Question 09:

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?

Short 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!

The iron rule of four:

Bending Steel You Get Stronger – Sergei Bender. Go ahead and avoid injury.


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Martin Arjoon
Martin Arjoon
Feb 22, 2021

Thank you guys for this interview and for helping to introduce Sergei to those who aren't familiar with him .. this was very nice and I will follow his journey moving forward .. I'm happy to know him! 💪🤝💪

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