Grip Sport Nationals and the Arnold Mighty Mitts

We are very excited to announce that the 2013 North American Grip Sport Championship will be an automatic qualifier for the 2014 Arnold Mighty Mitts competition.

The absolute champion will be announced and earn a guaranteed spot in the 2014 Arnold Mighty Mitts. All athletes scores will be enter into a separate overall category for this award.

The Arnold Mighty Mitts is the brain child of grip legend Richard Sorin. Athletes from across the globe are selected to compete in a variety of grip events on the biggest stage in strength. The 2013 North American Grip Sport Championships will determine that first contestant for 2014.


2013 North American Grip Sport Championships – Medley List

Here is the medley list for the North American Grip Sport Championships June 1, 2013 hosted by Durniat Strength

Medley List: (4 minute time limit)

2 Hand Lifts – 1 point each

Sorinex Saxon Bar @ 175#
Double Slim from floor – (2) 12# hammers joined together
315# deadlift from 11mm climbing rope (we used lifting straps around the bar for this lift last year)
180# Sorinex Pops grip machine
5/16″ grade 2 reverse bend
2-150# plates deadlift from the rims (will be a 100# plate with a 45 added via a loading pin)

1 Hand Lifts – 2 points possible (1 point for each hand)

2-45s – York thin plates
8# sledge to platform – coin on head
12# sledge weaver to rear
Slater MonsterBell – 155#
InchDB – 172#
2.5″ handle @ 160#
York 45 hub
Sorinex 5″ Saturn Globe – 50#
Index finger on small Dinnie ring – 100#
Grip Topz stub – 30#
2″ Vbar – 250#
Sorinex Hub – 40#
Sorinex Anvil Trainer – 150#
42# Blob
Chris Rice Plywood lift – 40#
Chris Rice Thin Pinch – 45#
Chris Rice Key Pinch – 90#
12# sledge to forehead
16# sledge to forehead
Chris Rice Internal rotation
Chris Rice External rotation
Pony Clamp
1-arm DL Standard Bar – 230#
Sorinex Fat Rotating Handle – 200#

A possible 58 total points

2013 North American Grip Sport Championships Entry Form


Strength Performance at OSU/ATI

On September 17, The Durniat Strength Crew of Andrew Durniat and Greg Gorecki were honored to be the special guests on the Ohio State University/Agricultural Technical Institute campus located just a few miles from the Durniat Strength headquarters. As part of a quest to promote health and wellness to students on campus, we were asked to discuss and display the body’s potential….and what better way to display such potential then some good ol’ fashioned steel bending!!

Greg bending a 60d nail

Steel bending has its place in physical culture and has recently over the years made a resurrection with help from such organizations as Ironmind with their steel bending bag and the Red Nail certification. Steel bending not only demonstrates incredible grip and wrist strength, but total body strength as well. We chose to show the students such feats of strength in order to show the capabilities everyone has the ability to possess with a little hard work and determination.

Greg with a 12″ spike

We began the night with by tearing a phonebook in half and progressed from there. Included was the bending of 60d nails, 12″ spikes, horseshoes, frying pans, a 1″x1/2″ flat steel bar (36″ length) and finally some sledgehammer/axe levering with barbell juggling.

After the show we engaged in conversation with the students to help answer any strength and fitness questions they had. It turned out to be a great night with a great group of students. We were honored to partake in the event and enjoyed the fascination and interest from the student body. We hope to see future benders emerge and embark on their personal journey of strength and well being.

By Greg Gorecki

Horseshoe heart

8# Sledge, 15# Axe