Don Cummings Certifies on the IronMind Red Nail

Don Cummings came to steel bending via rock and ice climbing, and he’s thrived on the challenge: “Great job!” referee Michael Parrish said of Don’s attempt to bend an IronMind Red Nail under official conditions. Don is 39, 6’1’ tall and weights 235 lb. IronMind® | Image courtesy of Don Cummings Don Cummings came to steel bending via rock and ice climbing, and he’s thrived on the challenge: “Great job!” referee Michael Parrish said of Don’s attempt to bend an IronMind Red Nail under official conditions. Don is 39, 6’1’ tall and weights 235 lb. IronMind® | Image courtesy of Don Cummings

Coming to steel bending via football, wrestling, rock and ice climbing, Michigan attorney Don Cummings has just been certified on the IronMind Red Nail—a benchmark bend that goes back to lower-arm-strength legend, John Brookfield.

“I began strength training at a young age with my dad, who was a powerlifter when he was in the Marine Corps,” Don told IronMind.  “I played football and wrestled growing up.  I wrestled in college.  Grip is very important for wrestling.  

“Later, rock and ice climbing became my main passions.  I began really researching grip training to help with climbing. 

“I began steel bending in early 2016, with the goal of bending the Red Nail.  It took about a year and a half of consistent bending 1-2 times a week to bend the Red Nail. 

“I am absolutely obsessed with steel bending now and have branched out to doing other types of bending, including reverse bending, double-underhand bending and steel snapping.  I love the challenge that steel bending provides.  I have always needed a goal to train hard for. At first, it was wrestling and football.  Later, it was climbing and now it is steel bending and grip strength.  I will continue my journey in bending and try to bend harder and harder steel.

“I would like to thank my wife and kids for all of their support, the benders across the country and around the world who have given me encouragement, my referee for taking time out of his schedule and IronMind for making this opportunity possible and providing so many great training tools.”

Congratulations, Don—your name has been added to the Red Nail Roster, the official certification list for the IronMind Red Nail—and many thanks to Michael Parish, who refereed Don’s attempt to bend an IronMind Red Nail under official conditions.

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