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"I began training as a strongman, but with no hopes or dreams … I just did it for fun," said Art & Strength owner Dan Cenidoza in the Baltimore Sun. Although he still loves dazzling audiences with feats of strength, such as tearing phone books in half, bending horseshoes, and playing tug of war with a black hole, the former personal trainer dedicates his physical talents to leading group workouts with his preferred training tool—the kettlebell. Whether he is onstage or at the front of a class, Dan strives to influence others to better themselves through physical activity and his results-based workouts.
In addition to inspiring students with his keenly honed strength, he uses it to create works of art that serve as a testament to the human body's physical capabilities. Without using any heat or tools, he hand-bends steel bars into tightly coiled, modern-looking sculptures. Dan calls them iron bonsai because of their resemblance to the elegantly gnarled Japanese trees, which are known for their ability to bench-press their caretakers.
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