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Freestyle Bending

 

Rules for Freestyle Bending

1. Any unbraced style can be used, ie. Overhand, Underhand or Reverse. No part of the competitor’s arms/hands may touch their body below waist level. Upper arm down to elbow is allowed contact with chest and stomach. Any part of the arm may contact from the pectorals and above. Hands may only contact body from pectorals and above, this is primarily to prevent injuries caused by unsupported rotation of wrist under extreme load during a bend.
2. The object being bent may not dip below waist level at any time during the bend.
3. Wraps for protection will be the required material allowed for each section. Importantly the two wraps will touch each other in the middle of the bar. This is to make sure that no extra leverage is gained. Do not pack the wraps with chalk.
4. No gloves are allowed. No wrapping or taping of any part of elbows, wrist, forearm, and hands is allowed.
5. Only chalk is allowed.
6. After a bar has been bent into a "u" the ends should not be more than two inches apart. The two inch measurement is to be taken from the inside edge of one leg of the bar to the inside edge of the opposite leg. When measuring bolts, the innermost portion of the bolt's head may be considered the inside edge. With regards to asymmetrical bends, measure from the inside edge of the bar's shorter leg to a point straight across on the inside of the opposite leg. Essentially you're treating the asymmetrical bend as if both legs of the bar were equal in length to that of the shorter leg.

All bending claims should be accompanied with a video (Youtube, sent to me, etc) unless it was done in a ratified contest, under these rules, or in front of me. This video should show the length and width of the bar using a ruler, and a calliper (digital), prior to the start of the bend.

For the Barehand section, there are two categories (CRS and HRS). For the other sections we will recognise: Grade 5 bolts, Grade 8 bolts and IronMind Red/FBBC Bastard bars. This keeps it simple.


 

Rules for Barehand Freestyle Bending

Same rules as Freestyle bending rules apply except the bend has to be performed with just your bare hands.
For this I am going to make the cert bends Hot or Cold Rolled Steel bars, from 7" - 10". CRS bars will have their own list seperate from HRS.
Please measure the width with a digital caliper on the video.

Time limit = 5 min

Top 20

Cold Rolled steel bars and drill rod
David Wigren - 7" x 17/64" (290lb) 0-1 drillrod bar - 4 Jan 2011 - Sweden
Andy Thomas - 7" x 1/4" CRS round bar - 26 Oct 2010 - USA

Hot Rolled steel bars
Junie Davis - 7" x 7.94mm HRS round bar - 4 April 2011 - USA Video
Mike Rinderle - 8.75" x 8.14mm HRS round bar - 5 Apr 2011 - USA Video
Richard Scott - 9" x 8.22mm HRS round bar - 31 August 2010 - Stafford, England
Tim Tolbert - 7.5" x 6.33mm HRS round bar - 23 July 2014 - USA Video
Edward Livesey - 8" x 6.5mm HRS round bar - 4 Oct 2010 - USA


Rules for Freestyle Bending (using max size 2" x 2" x 1/4" leather pad on each end of the bar)

Accepting no more attempts
David Wigren - G5 x 5.5" bolt - 21 March 2008 - Sweden Video
Ben Edwards - G5 x 6" bolt – 6 February 2008 – USA Video


Rules for Freestyle Bending (using IronMind cordora wraps on each end of the bar)

Same rules as Freestyle bending rules apply except the bend has to be performed with only one IronMind wrap on each side of the bar, touching in the middle. Do not pack the wraps with chalk.
Time limit = 1 min

IronMind Red/FBBC Bastard bars
Justin Straussner - 5.5" x 5/16" FBBC Grand Bastard bar - 16 Feb 2012 - USA Video
David Wigren - IM Red x 6" - 29 August 2011 - Sweden Video
Hannes Kainz - IM Red x 6" - 10 Oct 2011 - Austria Video
Vankovich Kirill - IM Red x 7" - 26 October 2015 - Russia Video

8mm Cold Rolled steel bars

Grade 8 bolts
Mike Rinderle - G8 x 5.5" black bolt (500lb at 6") - 17 Sept 2011 - USA Video
Alexis Maroupas - G8 x 6" bolt - 4 Sept 2010 - Canada
Chad Rickicki - G8 x 6" bolt - 17 Oct 2011 - USA

Grade 5 bolts
Richard Bean - G5 x 6" bolt - 9 May 2011 - USA Video


Rules for Freestyle Bending (using one IronMind cordora wrap only)

Same rules as Freestyle bending rules apply except the bend has to be performed with only one IronMind cordora wrap around the bar.
Time limit = 1 min

IronMind Red/FBBC Bastard bars
Hannes Kainz - IM Red x 6" - 22 Mar 2012 - Austria Video
Justin Straussner - 7" x 5/16" FBBC Bastard bar - 16 Feb 2012 - USA Video

8mm Cold Rolled steel bars

Grade 8 bolts

Grade 5 bolts


Rules for Freestyle Bending (using 10" x 4" leather wraps on each end of the bar)

Same rules as Freestyle bending rules apply except the bend has to be performed with only one 10" x 4" wrap on each side of the bar, touching in the middle. Do not pack the wraps with chalk.
Time limit = 1 min

IronMind Red/FBBC Bastard bars

8mm Cold Rolled steel bars

Grade 8 bolts

Grade 5 bolts
Tim Tolbert - G5 x 5.5" bolt - 10 Aug 2014 - USA Video


 

OLD DISCONTINUED TOP 50 RANKINGS

Freestyle Bending (using IronMind cordora wraps on each end of the bar)

1st) Michael Hadland - 7" x 3/8" (565lb) bar from Eric Milfeld - 15 Feb 2010 - USA Video
2nd) David Wigren - 5.5" x 5/16" FBBC Grand Bastard bar - 24 June 2008 - Sweden Video
3rd) Takahashi Yoshiyuki - 6" x 5/16" FBBC Huge Bastard bar - 11 Dec 2008 - Japan
3rd) Chad "Judoman" Rickicki - 6" IronMind Red Bar- 14 Dec 2009 - USA Video
5) Eric Milfeld - 7" IronMind Red Bar - USA
5) Aaron Corcorran - 7" IronMind Red Bar - 2007 - USA
5) William McCaslin - 7" IronMind Red Bar - 2007 - USA
5) Adam Glass - 7" IronMind Red Bar - 2008 - Minot, USA
5) Bader Samir Tayeb Alawadhi - 7" IronMind Red Bar - 2007 - Dubai
5) Wes Peart - 7" IronMind Red Bar - 2007 - USA
5) John Beatty - 7" IronMind Red Bar - 2006 - USA
5) Jedd Johnson - 7" IronMind Red Bar - 2007 - USA
5) Russell Hadland - 7" x 5/16" FBBC Bastard bar - 13 February 2008 - USA
5) Dave Johnson - 7" IronMind Red Bar - 5 Apr 2008 - Stafford, England
5) Mark Vogels - 7" IronMind Red Bar - 12 July 2008 - Holland
5) Henrik Nystrom - 7" IronMind Red Bar - 24 Nov 2008 - Sweden

David Horne - 7" x 1/4" FBBC Square Bar - 4 February 2008 - Stafford, England
Matt Carl - G5 x 5.5" bolt – 20 February 2008 – USA
Perry Glover - G5 x 5.5" bolt - 16 Aug 2009 - Philippines
Kevin McFadden - G5 x 6" bolt - 9 April 2008 - USA

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