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IronMind® Crushed-to-Dust!® Challenge

How to Certify

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You’ve just mastered this benchmark on IronMind’s fearsome Crushed-to-Dust!® Challenge according to our rules and you want to be certified. What do you do? Use the checklist below to help guide you: 

  • Review the Rules for Certification to confirm you are completing the challenges under proper conditions. 
    Wait until you have mastered the CTD Challenge, so that when you attempt to complete it in front of your referee, all will go smoothly. 

 

  • Contact IronMind Enterprises, Inc. and let us know that you are ready to be certified.
    IronMind will select a referee in your area to witness and verify the challenge. We will then put you in contact with your referee to arrange a mutually convenient time to get together. In order to maintain the integrity and impartiality of the judging process, please do not line up your own referee. 

 

  • Bring the necessary paperwork to the meeting with your judge.
    Print out a copy of the Rules and Official Referee Form and take it with you to your official attempt. The referee will complete the form and return it to us.   

 

  • Send a photo of yourself and a short bio to IronMind.
    A waist-up photo of yourself is preferred.  For your bio, please include your age, weight, and height; where you live; what your work and interests are; some information about your training and goals; and any related accomplishments you'd like to mention. 

 

  • Thank your referee.
    Make arrangements to meet your referee at a time and place that is convenient for him/her. Remember, he/she is taking his/her own time to help you get certified. It should go without saying that civil behavior and good sportsmanship are expected—a serious breach of protocol is the basis for suspension or disqualification at any time. 

 

  • Return your required materials to IronMind within 72 hours of your attempt.
    We require that all certification materials be sent to IronMind within 72 hours following your attempt, unless prior arrangements have been made. Your photo and bio should be sent by you and the referee's form is to be sent by the referee. 

 

IronMind requires that all of the criteria noted above be met before completing the certification process. Upon receiving your completed paperwork, we will make our decision and announce it in the IronMind News at www.ironmind.comand your name will be added to the Crushed-to-Dust! Challenge official certification list—a list of the most highly-regarded benchmark of all-around grip strength in the world. Also, we'll send you an official CTD Challenge T-shirt and certificate that prove your mettle.

 

See the Rules for Certification for the CTD Challenge.

Crust-to-Dust! Challenge official cerficiation list.

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