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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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