Interview - 023 - Alexander Klimovich

A very special interview for me and I think also for every other bender out there. No other than Alexander Klimovich said yes to the interview and sent it back to me.


Special for me because Alexander was and is the biggest inspiration when it comes to bending. He has bent bolts and bars, which no other has bent yet over the last years and he is still and since years on the absolute elite level in the double overhand game.


It´s great to see him here on the main cert list with the bend of the 12.9 bolt which is probably the best double overhand bend out there under typical cert rules. As I started this project, this was one of the main goals to see this bend from someone and as I sent the bolts to Alexander I knew that he will bend this bolt with style and he did it after a very short time. Very great to see.


I often check several bends from him to get inspired and to see perfection on the technique, so if you want to see more bends from him check out his youtube channel:


Youtube


Thanks Alexander for sending the interview back:



Name:

Alexander Klimovich


Year of birth:

1990

Height:

185cm

Weight 95kg

Location:

Russia - Kaliningrad

Occupation:

Engineer

Relationship Status:

Married


Question 01:

What does steel bending mean to you?

This is a good opportunity to take the tops without leaving the house.



Question 02:

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


I started bending metal in 2014. It was a desire to make the hands stronger. The inspiration was the videos of famous steel flexors. The first material was rebar from the construction site of 8mm HRS. At first, it was out of order. But over time, I began to bend different metal. I became stronger by adhering to the principle – the next level is harder and always with a victory.



Question 03:

What do you love about steel bending?


This is an outburst of aggression in a positive direction. A sense of victory and superiority over metal.


Question 04:

What do you hate about steel bending?


Defeat.


Question 05:

How does your training for steel bending look like?


I notice a level that has not yet bent – it may be shortening or reducing the protection or other rated load. Mentally I prepare in a few days. I warm up and start bending. It is important to start with a spiritual uplift and a good (fighting) mood.


Question 06:

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


Sometimes I visit the gym. But mostly I train at home using conventional methods – horizontal bar, kettlebell, sledgehammer, etc.


Question 07:

What goals have you set for yourself?


Restore my former strength and get a gold certificate.



Question 08:

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


The bends of Garry Hunt and Batraz Tibilov.



Question 09:

Rapid stuff – choose one


Bolts or steel?

Steel - it is convenient to make protection Bolts - just cool to bend

Unbraced or braced?

Unbraced

Singles or doubles?

Singles

Chalk or not?

Chalk

Beer or water?

Morse

Cordura or leather or both?

Single - cordura Double - cordura and leather

Short bars or long bars?

150mm - 210mm


Horseshoes or flat bars? Bars

Chips or chocolate?

Chocolate

Question 10:

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


Success comes where there is a great love for the cause. Try not to get hurt. Successful bends!!!


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