BU Trainer Goes for Steel Spike Bending Guinness World Record


Binghamton University lecturer and strength trainer Bill Clark will attempt his second Guinness World Record at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, in Old Union Hall, in the University Union, on campus. Clark, who beat the Guinness World Record in 2018 or most license plates broken in a minute, will attempt to set a new world record for most steel spikes bent in under a minute.

The event is part of Stress-free Bing, a campus-wide initiative coordinated by the Office of the Dean of Students aimed at providing fun and stress-reducing activities, events and food for students as they prepare for finals. This event will benefit the Bear Necessities Food Pantry on campus.

In addition, Clark will give a talk on why stress is not always bad, and how to use it for advancement. Additional topics include: how to become an optimal thinker, how to manage anxiety while in stressful conditions and how the mind can be used to alter the trajectory of life.

Clark is an inductee into state, national and world halls of fame and is featured in the York Barbell World Hall of Fame and Museum in York, Pa. He is one of the only people in strength sports to be an international medalist in Olympic weightlifting, a national and world champion and world record-holding powerlifter, and a Guinness Book of World Records record-holder. 

In 2016, he authored Lifting Spirits: World Champion Advice for Everyday Living and was personally coached by World’s Strongest Man-winner Don Reinhoudt and head coaches to the U.S. Olympic Weightlifting Squads, Dick Smith and Leo Totten.

Clark considers himself a public servant and routinely volunteers his expertise to schools, clubs and Special Olympics programs. Presently, he runs “safe and effective” strength training seminars and youth programs, and is a teacher and strength coach at Chenango Valley High School, as well as Binghamton University.

Attendees are asked to bring a donation to benefit Binghamton University’s Bear Necessities Food Pantry, which provides food and other goods to students in need.