Background

I used to be known as JackAss from my days at elitefts.com, or Smelly from the feature film documentary "Bigger, Stronger, Faster." I am now the strongest strength coach in the world (maybe someone can dispute this fact, but I don't know who). I'm a husband, a father of two, an editor for Power Magazine (www.ThePowerMagazine.com), an inventor of the Sling Shot (www.HowMuchYaBench.net) and the owner of "The Strongest Gym In The West," Super Training, in Sacramento, CA. It was voted by Men's Health as one of the top 30 gyms in the country. I coach a team of 20 highly competitive powerlifters. We work hard, but we have tons of fun. The fun and intensity of the gym can be seen on our website, www.SuperTraining.Tv. I have also established the wildly popular "Power Project Q and A," which now has over 2 million views. You can check that out at www.YouTube.com/SuperTraining06.

I am a World and American record holding pro powerlifter. I've squatted 1,080 lbs, benched 854 lbs, and deadlifted 766 lbs. My 2,628 lb total is the highest in California history. I'm currently ranked in the top 10 of all-time at 275 and 308.

About 2 years ago, I invented a product called the Sling Shot. The Sling Shot is being billed as the greatest invention since the lifting belt. The Sling Shot is a supportive upper body device that eliminates pain in the shoulders and elbows while bench pressing and doing pushups. It's not just for powerlifters. It will help anybody who's looking to improve size and strength. Purchase your Sling Shot at www.HowMuchYaBench.net.

My wife and I also own and operate the nationally distributed POWER Magazine. POWER showcases strength athletes as the most powerful people on Earth. Because strength is such a key element of sport and life, the articles can benefit anyone. The articles are easy to understand and apply. For more info on POWER visit www.ThePowerMagazine.com.

Lately, I've been working with the CrossFit organization. I've written articles for CrossFit Journal, and I am officially a Crossfit Powerlifting Coach. On behalf of Louie Simmons of Westside Barbell, I run specialty certification courses for the CrossFit community. Signups are handled at www.CrossFit.com under specialty certs.

In lifting, coaching, business, and life in general, I'm always looking to improve myself and help others improve, too. I have a simple mindset that goes: "If you're not getting better, then you're getting worse. Never be caught standing still. Always remember: Strength is a key element of life. When your strength runs out, you die!"

Mark Bell

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He can be contacted at supertraininggym@me.com.

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Want to bench like a powerlifter? All-time raw bench press record-holder Eric Spoto provides step-by-step instructions right here!
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Having a great physique is awesome. But having a great physique that can also lift big weight makes you king of the world. Mark Bell shows you how to have it all!
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Don't fear the elbow flare! Mark Bell is here to teach you how to improve your bench press with this easy-to-learn technique.
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Lots of guys want to be big and lift big weight. But you can't expect to go from 12-ounce curls to a 500-pound squat in one day. Here are some strength-building basics you need to know!
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We all know how it goes in the squat rack: the weight gets heavier and your form gets worse. Here's how to fix that crappy squat that does nothing but hurt your lower back!
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If you want a bigger bench, form is everything. Learn the best cues to put up more weight from one of the biggest pressers in the industry.
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Carb control and strength training aren't synonymous, but are they totally incompatible? The Super Strong Guy has your answer.
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If you're working hard day after day, you're bound to have those workouts where you're just not feeling it. You're not alone! Here are a few ways to get yourself pumped on those off days.
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If you're new to the world of weight training, you might feel isolated in your ignorance. Don't get left behind! Get the knowledge you need to get started right here.
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Can’t add weight to your overhead press? You’re not alone. Improving your overhead press takes time and effort. Here are four things you should be doing.
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Pro powerlifter Mark Bell answers your questions about lifting very, very heavy objects off the floor and rack.
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What happens when a massive powerlifter transforms into a ripped bodybuilder? Matt Kroc, that's what! He's shredded, he's strong, and he's a total badass.
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Pro powerlifter Mark Bell answers your questions about lifting very, very heavy objects off the floor and rack.
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Pro powerlifter Mark Bell answers your questions about lifting very, very heavy objects off the floor and rack.
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Pro powerlifter Mark Bell answers your questions about lifting very, very heavy objects off the floor and rack.
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Pro powerlifter Mark Bell answers your questions about lifting very, very heavy objects off the floor and rack.
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Pro powerlifter Mark Bell answers your questions about lifting very, very heavy objects off the floor and rack.
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Pro powerlifter Mark Bell answers your questions about lifting very, very heavy objects off the floor and rack.
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Pro powerlifter Mark Bell answers your questions about lifting very, very heavy objects off the floor and rack.
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Pro powerlifter Mark Bell answers your questions about picking very, very heavy objects up off the floor and rack.
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Pro powerlifter Mark Bell answers your questions about picking very, very heavy objects up off the floor and rack.
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I’m a top pro powerlifter here to answer your questions about picking very, very heavy objects up off the floor and rack.
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Pro powerlifter Mark Bell answers your questions about picking very, very heavy objects up off the floor and rack.
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In this first installment of a biweekly column, elite strongman Mark Bell answers your questions about picking very, very heavy objects up off the floor and rack.
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