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Mark Bell (powerlifter)

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Mark Bell
Born December 10, 1976 (1976-12-10) (age 42)
Residence Sacramento, CA
Occupation Powerlifter, Gym Owner, Inventor, Editor
Relatives Mike Bell (brother), Chris Bell (brother)

Mark Bell is an American professional powerlifter, patent holder, owner of Super Training Gym, and a former professional wrestler. His best lifts in competition (in powerlifting gear) include a 1,080 lb (490 kg) squat, a 854 lb (387 kg) bench press, and a 766 lb (347 kg) deadlift; he has also managed a 578 lb (262 kg) raw (unequipped) bench press. He is the younger brother of Mike Bell and Chris Bell (Director of Bigger, Stronger, Faster*).

Early life[edit | edit source]

Mark Bell was born in Poughkeepsie, New York. He began lifting weights at the age of twelve and entered his first powerlifting meet when he was thirteen. By the time he finished high school, Bell was regarded as one of the strongest teenage powerlifters in America, holding multiple national and state records. He also trained in boxing and was coached by Kevin Rooney, Mike Tyson's former trainer.[citation needed].

Wrestling[edit | edit source]

After high school, Bell concentrated on his professional wrestling career. He developed his own training routine utilizing various forms of conditioning: hill running, body weight circuits, interval-type cardio on treadmills, bikes, ellipticals, and rowers. Mark Bell was a two-time Ultimate Pro Wrestling Champion, under the ring name of "Smelly".

Bell was still wrestling professionally as of 2008, but has since retired from the sport. [1]

Powerlifting[edit | edit source]

During his wrestling career, Bell continued his strength training. At the peak of his wrestling career, he benched 500 lbs raw at 240 lbs body weight. After professional wrestling, he switched to powerlifting, mainly competing in the United States Powerlifting Federation. He trained with Westside Barbell Team, under the guidance of Louie Simmons, for two years before moving to Sacramento. In March of 2014, Bell announced his retirement from competitive powerlifting on his podcast.[2]

Achievements:

  • ELITE classification in four weight categories (242 lb, 275 lb, 308 lb, SHW)
  • 12th highest benchpress of all times in 308 lb./140 kg. category (826.7 lb./ 375.0 kg.)[3]
  • 19th highest total of all times in 308 lb./140 kg. category (2502.2 lb./ 1135.0 kg.)[4]
  • 2010 Ranked #1 Bench Press in America in 275 lb. category (771 lb.)[5]
  • 2008 Ranked #1 Single Ply Total in America in 308 lb. category (2304 lb.)[6]
  • 2008 Ranked #1 Single Ply Bench Press in America in 308 lb. category (805 lb.)[7]

Team Super Training Gym[edit | edit source]

Mark Bell is the owner of Super Training Gym, where he has hosted many guests, including Ed Coan, Stan Efferding, and Eric Spoto.

Slingshot[edit | edit source]

Mark Bell is also the inventor of the Slingshot, a device used to assist a lifter in maintaining proper bench press form, while also allowing the lifter to overload either in weight or reps. The Slingshot comes in four different variations; the Reactive, the Original, the Full Boar, and the Mad Dog.

Mark Bell's Powercast[edit | edit source]

Mark Bell and Jim McDonald host a podcast called the Powercast. New episodes are released weekly. He also has a career in music, with a music video "Meathead Millionaire".

There appears to have been a split between Bell and McDonald. The podcasts page on IG changed to "Markbellspowerproject" and there are now 108 podcasts under that title as of September 2018.

Awards[edit | edit source]

  • One of The 30 Best Gyms in America by Men’s Health Magazine[8]
  • 2009 Powerlifting Gym of The Year [9]

References[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]


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