Interview - 016 - Alexandr Denisovsky
Another elite bender out of russia is Alexandr Denisovsky who is with no doubt a true beast when it comes to double overhand bending in singles and doubles. He showed us some very big bends in the past and is still on the train towards bigger goals. This is very great to see and hopfully we will see some big steel smashed to an "U" in the future.
He is also a guy to know when it comes to barehand bending. Only a very few are active in this style of bending and Alex is one of the best in there together with Batraz.
It´s always great to see Alex´s bends for me, because in my opinion he is bending slightly different than others. Everytime I watch a bend from him on video, I can see that he gives everything he has in his body to complete the bend. The whole man is on the force to get it done and that´s great to see. The mind muscle connection is on point on every bend. Great stuff.
Make sure to watch his bends from the past and follow his ongoing bending journey:
Thanks Alex for taking part in the interview:
Year of birth:
Russia - Moscow
Married, one son
What does steel bending mean to you?
First of all, getting the adrenaline, the excitement, the sport that makes me stronger every time.
When and why did you start steel bending and what does or did your active time look like?
In 2014, I saw Alexander Kirillov deftly bending bars in the overhand style on YouTube.
I first started practicing the overhand style, later in 2014-2015 I saw how Volodya Romanov made a "Sotsky" knot out of 200/6 nails and many other shapes, I immediately succeeded and included it in my training process, in 2018 I got acquainted with the Barehand Underhand style, Andrey Loshkarev invited me to try my hand and after that I realized that I could not stop, it was an incredible experience, only injuries could stop me, later I met Batraz Tibilov, who actively practiced and practicing Barehand Underhand, we began to share the experience, since these bends are not practiced by many people. Since 2019, I have connected kettlebells and sledgehammers with a bias for grip and non-standard lifts to my training process.
What do you love about steel bending?
The feeling of victory when the metal is surrendered in your hands and of course you like to leave the battle without injuries.
What do you hate about steel bending?
Injuries to the palms, it's very disappointing when you are full of strength, but you can't bend.
How does your training for steel bending look like?
The Underhand training includes bending 2-3 bars made of their nails and calibrated bars from 150/160/170/180 kg. 7/7. 6/8 mm in IM pads.
The Barehand Underhand training involves bending calibrated 1-2 bars 90/100 kg 7/8 mm and using 2-3 bolts 100/110/120 kg 8 mm.
Training Overhand 200/210 kg. 8 mm in IM pads.
Reverse training according to the mood, I do not train much.
I practice this for 1-2 weeks with an interval of 2 days, then I take a break for 1 week and turn on the training for the grip and brush
How does your other training look like (strength or other)?
I train non-standard lifts, using kettlebells and sledgehammers, the purpose of the exercises is to load the ligaments and hands as much as possible. This I practice for 1 week.
What goals have you set for yourself?
Bend bolt Double Overhand 12.9 horrido-bending.
Barehand Underhand Red Nail, GBI bar 150 kg.
What was the most impressive bend you ever saw (live or on video)?
Alexander Klimovich Gold Nail DO in IM pads.
Rapid stuff – choose one
Bolts or steel?
Bolts and Steel
Unbraced or braced?
Singles or doubles?
Chalk or not?
Beer or water?
Water, but sometimes Beer
Cordura or leather or both?
Cordura, Leather, Barehands
Short bars or long bars?
Horseshoes or flat bars? Horseshoes
Chips or chocolate?
The last words belong to you. What do you want the reader take away? Let us know your poems of steel!
Iron is a beast in Bender's hands, you either tame it or it bites you.
Don't give up what you love, especially if it makes you better!!!