Interview - 029 - London Schuirmann
A man very young and strong. We are speaking of London Schuirmann.
He is one of the youngest guys who are active in steel bending, but proved in his first year, that he can swim together with the big and old fishes.
He is already on a very strong level after just one year into it with a very fast progress, so we can be excited what´s coming from London in the future.
Watch and check out his bends via: his youtube channel
Thanks London for taking part in the interview:
Year of birth:
6'0 - (183cm)
Metro Detroit Area - USA
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What does steel bending mean to you?
Steel Bending is my world. I would go so far to say it has saved my life, and kept me on track towards better things. In every day life, you have to do uncomfortable things, and bending steel gets uncomfortable a lot! The struggle of conquering big steel has allowed me to sharpen my willpower and conquer other things in life too.
When and why did you start steel bending and what does or did your active time look like?
My first day bending steel 7/23/21. Beforehand, I was a wrestler in high school, I graduated at 150lbs. I started strength training in 2019, and saw I was able to progress very quickly. I learned Don Cummings lives close to me, and I got the opportunity to become friends with and train with him. After seeing what Don could do, I was blown away and hungry to learn. I desired to start certing bars and learning the sport. I branched out, made a lot of friends in the community, and grew.
What do you love about steel bending?
I love the challenge it gives me, and I love the feeling of the steel melting in my hands. I love the friends I have made and collaborated with (Alex Guiha, Devin Hoover, Charles Strange, Phil McMahon, and Kyle Mertz). They are my besties!
What do you hate about steel bending?
I hate injuries. I have not gotten any serious ones yet (knock on wood) luckily.
How does your training for steel bending look like?
I train 1-2x a week, and my sessions vary depending on my goals. My biggest focus will always be double pads double overhand.
How does your other training look like (strength or other)?
I train on an armwrestling team and compete. I train armwrestling lifts+ steelbending at home. When I can, I try to do some compound lifting. I've branched out to other various forms of training. I like old-time strongman lifts, especially since they can be complex. It reminds me of how complicated steelbending is.
What goals have you set for yourself?
I plan to cert 10.9, and bend KOAB in singles one day.
What was the most impressive bend you ever saw (live or on video)?
Don Cummings doing 375x3/8 spikes (in person), and 102 red nails (online)
Klimovich gold nail bend (saw online too obviously)
Rapid stuff – choose one
Bolts or steel?
Unbraced or braced?
Singles or doubles?
Chalk or not?
Chalk of course!
Beer or water?
Cordura or leather or both?
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!
The brain is a very powerful thing. It can change form and shape by your thoughts and actions. I truly believe THE MINDSET is required to do great things. Visualization, hunger, and working hard for conquering your goals is key to absolute victory. By dreaming and acting on your desires, you can truly accomplish anything.