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

International Pinch/Pull Grip Contest

Details are set for this international contest of hand and grip strength.

Time/Date 29 September/ starting time will be 10 AM

Minneapolis, MN – Adam Glass (Movement Minneapolis) 10 AM start time
Wooster, OH – Andrew Durniat (Durniat Strength) 10 AM start time
Three Rivers, MI – David Thornton (Don Larkin’s Gym)
Wyalusing, PA – Jedd Johnson (Diesel Crew)
Bay Area, CA – Dan Reinard (Diablo Rock Climbing Gym)
Boston, MA – Mike Sheehan (Movement Boston)
United Kingdom – Mark M-Dy
Kirkkonummi, Finland – Juha Harju
Victoria, Australia – Jarrod Riordan


Two hand pinch on the standard European Pinch Apparatus, 4 attempts, rising bar. All standard rules will be applied. Multiple pinch widths available.

Double Overhand Axle deadlift, 4 attempts, Wait for down command, hands must remain in contact with bar in lowering to the floor.

Griptopz Half Penny lift, 4 attempts. This lift will be done with the key grip only, no other grips are allowed.

Scoring will be done using the NAGSA scoring system.

All promoters are to send me their scores as soon as their contest is wrapped up. I will stack scores and post them here and on World of Grip and Gripboard.

International weight classes will be used, all contestants will be weighed before the contest.
59k: 130lbs.
66k: 145.5lbs
74k: 163lbs
83k: 183lbs,
93k: 205lbs
105k: 231.5lbs
120k: 264.5lbs
120+: 264.5lbs and above

There are no entry fee’s.

Girevoy Sport Sprint Series

Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 10am we are hosting the first of a Girevoy Sport Sprint Series.

5 minute Sprint Sets
Biathlon and /or Long Cycle
Men’s and Women’s divisions
Total Tonnage Wins
$25 per person – competitors entry fee

Entry Form

10 minute set full meet competitions are well established and we wanted to provide a unique opportunity with the sprint series. New competitors can feel more comfortable and seasoned veterans can tryout a new pace without the stress of a full meet and 10 minute set. Like a marathoner running a 10k before the big day.

We will have body-weight class divisions for both men and women. However, we will not be having divisions among kettlebell weights; those lifting 32kg will be competing against those lifting the 28, 24, 20kg, etc. within the body-weight class – total tonnage lifted wins. I feel this puts pressure on everyone to do there best and we stay away from the dreaded ‘everyone wins.’

Here are the body-weight classes:
60kg (132lbs.)
65kg (143lbs.)
70kg (154lbs.)
75kg (165lbs.)
80kg (176lbs.)
85kg (187lbs.)
90kg (198lbs.)
+90kg (over 198lbs.)

55kg (121lbs.)
60kg (132lbs.)
65kg (143lbs.)
70kg (154lbs.)
+70kg (over 154lbs.)

Entry Form

From additional questions contact:
Greg Gorecki –
Andrew Durniat –