A self-described “scrawny 160-lb. weakling” four years ago, Darin Heltemes is now a 230-lb. amateur strongman who’s just been certified on the IronMind® Red Nail™, a benchmark short bend.
It’s official: Darin Heltemes has been certified on the IronMind® Red Nail™. IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Darin Heltemes.
“I experimented with bending briefly in my first year of lifting, but abandoned it only after a month due to the extreme strain it places on the joints and tendons. I picked it back up three years later after my friend James gave me some steel for my birthday. I’ve been bending seriously for just under a year.”
Congratulations, Darin: Your name has been added to the Red Nail™ Roster, the official list of who has been certified on the IronMind® Red Nail™!
IronMind® would also like thank Mark Wilson for his help, serving as Darin's official referee for this bend.