How to Get Started Bending Nails

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Want to learn how to get started bending nails? This video will show you how.

Bending nails is one of the classic feats of strength. Here are five steps covered in this video:

Here are five steps covered in this video:

1) Building a foundation of strength to ready yourself for bending (especially by using sledgehammers)

2) Getting wraps

3) Buying nails and steel stock

One of the easiest places to get started with this, since it is all about progression, is Nails and bolts are great but the jumps between them can make training difficult. The levels available here make it super easy to get started.

4) The 3 main styles of bending, how to do them, and why you should train all three in the beginning.

5) Additional resources:
Bending Ebook from Jedd Johnson
Feats of Strength DVD Set by me and Bud Jeffries


  1. Hey Logan, I came across a different style to the three mentioned. You hold the nail overhand grip with arms straight out in front and bend bend it down. Kind of like double overhand except with the arms straight. I was wondering if you heard of this style and know if it is called something??

    I have crushed and broken many 60D nails in the DO, DU and Reverse style. So I am not entirely new to short stock bending.

    1. Author

      That is known as Heslep style as it was first done by Tommy Heslep. Much harder than any other method since the leverage is terrible. From what I know he worked up to a Grade 5 like this, or maybe it was a Grade 8. Very rough on the joints because of the tremendous forces at poor leverage.

  2. Grade 8 would be nuts! I have only done a Grade 2 6X1/4″, working on a 60D in Heslep style then moving onto training for bending wrenches.

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