You’ve got been a fixture on the strongman scene for practically 20 years, however your power journey did not begin there. What was your first expertise with lifting?  

I began coaching weights in 1993 whereas working for Carnival Cruise Strains as a bartender. I lifted in a makeshift gymnasium: a storage room on the entrance of the ship within the crew quarters, with discarded items of kit left by crew members and undesirable gadgets from the passenger gymnasium. I additionally skilled at gyms in varied ports on my days off. I skilled all over the world, nonetheless and at any time when I might.

Beginning in 1996, I competed in pure bodybuilding competitions representing Grenada, West Indies. In 1997, I moved to the UK with my spouse and continued to compete in pure bodybuilding. Work commitments and the start of our first son set competitors momentarily apart.

I continued to coach and work out till 2002, after I stuffed in at a strongman competitors for a pal. In a line-up of Britain’s strongest males, I got here in third and gained 3 of the occasions. I had by no means touched strongman gear earlier than, however I used to be immediately hooked.

Mark Felix competing in strongman

What was your first World’s Strongest Man competitors like?  

I made my first look at World’s Strongest Man in 2004, within the Bahamas, and positioned seventh. In 2005, I purchased gear from the coaching camp I used to be commuting to on Sundays and moved it 5 minutes from my home. Something to coach extra typically.

In 2006, I returned to World’s Strongest Man and positioned 4th, my highest putting to this point. I continued to practice like a strongman and competed at common worldwide competitions. I positioned 2nd at Europe’s Strongest Man and Britain’s Strongest Man.

Because the numbers in your driver’s license go up, do you practice extra broadly or extra narrowly?  

Oh yeah, it is broader. I incorporate much more mobility and focused warm-ups than I used to.  

What about bodybuilding-style coaching? Is that also a part of your coaching all these years later?  

These early bodybuilding exhibits gave me an important basis to begin working with. And I nonetheless do numerous that coaching, however I try to do it a bit sooner, with out concentrating simply on the muscle itself. To essentially construct my fast-twitch muscle fibers, I like to tug or raise quick, then launch slowly.  

How was your sixteenth World’s Strongest Man prep totally different than your others?  

This [2021] actually was an important prep. I used to be in a coaching program that was very exhausting, however I caught with it. I really feel nice, and I believe this yr’s competitors goes to be nice for me. My solely objective is admittedly to make the finals, after which simply concentrate on one occasion at a time—every one prefer it’s my final.  

The 2020 winner, Oleksii Novikov, was simply 24. What do you inform these younger athletes about how you can final within the sport?  

I simply inform them to take heed to their physique. For instance, since I have been sticking with my program, there have been days after I’d go dwelling and I used to be simply exhausted. If I want a break day, I am going to take one. If that is what I have to get better, I do it.  

How has your vitamin modified, if in any respect, over time?  

I have never modified my consuming habits an excessive amount of, as a result of I mainly preserve. I have been with this physique for fairly some time.  

I do not eat such as you may count on a strongman to eat. My every day weight loss program would not change a lot, besides after I’m travelling. Then, it is all about what’s out there.

Water: I all the time drink no less than 5 liters of water per day.

Meals: I additionally eat numerous fruit and greens—and perhaps not as a lot meat as folks might imagine. I eat each 2-3 hours all through the day. I burn numerous energy whereas working, so I have to eat common, smaller quantities slightly than a giant, occasional meal. Night meals comprise carbohydrates to energy me via the night time.

Caffeine: I restrict my caffeine consumption and use it after I want it pre-training. On competitors days, a black espresso does wonders.

Competitors days: After we’re lifting all day, I am going to eat something that is nutrient-dense and simple to devour. RTD protein, protein bars, even jelly.

Mark Felix competing in strongman

Again in 2011, we printed a typical coaching week of yours. It was numerous sturdy units of 5. Is that also your bread and butter?  

I combine it up lots. Generally I am going to do threes, generally fives, and I solely practice them to the purpose of fatigue. I do not need to construct up numerous lactic acid. This enables me to actually bounce again and hold working.  

1

Leg Press

Enhance weight with every set.

4 units, 5 reps (relaxation 90 sec.)


2

Barbell again squat

Enhance weight with every set.

4 units, 5 reps (relaxation 90 sec.)


3

Barbell entrance squat

Enhance weight with every set.

4 units, 5 reps (relaxation 90 sec.)


4

Leg Extension

Enhance weight with every set.

4 units, 5 reps (relaxation 90 sec.)


5

Seated Leg Press

Enhance weight with every set.

4 units, 5 reps (relaxation 90 sec.)


1

Dumbbell Bench Press

Enhance weight with every set.

4 units, 5 reps (relaxation 90 sec.)


2

Shut-grip bench press

Enhance weight with every set.

4 units, 5 reps (relaxation 90 sec.)


3

Incline dumbbell bench press

Enhance weight with every set.

4 units, 5 reps (relaxation 90 sec.)


4

Dumbbell Fly

Enhance weight with every set.

4 units, 5 reps (relaxation 90 sec.)


5

Cable cross-over

Enhance weight with every set.

4 units, 5 reps (relaxation 90 sec.)


6

Standing dumbbell shoulder press

4 units, 5 reps (relaxation 90 sec.)


7

Weighted bench dip

Enhance weight with every set.

4 units, 5 reps (relaxation 90 sec.)


Day 3: Cardio

1

Barbell Row

Enhance weight with every set.

4 units, 5 reps (relaxation 90 sec.)


2

Shut-grip pull-down

Enhance weight with every set.

4 units, 5 reps (relaxation 90 sec.)


3

Barbell Deadlift

Enhance weight with every set.

3 units, 5 reps (relaxation 90 sec.)


4

Weighted pull-up

Enhance weight with every set.

3 units, 5 reps (relaxation 90 sec.)


5

SINGLE-ARM DUMBBELL ROW

Carry out all the reps on one facet earlier than switching to the opposite. Do not relaxation between sides and relaxation 90 sec. between units.

Single-Arm Dumbbell Row

Enhance weight with every set.

4 units, 5 reps (left facet, no relaxation)


Single-Arm Dumbbell Row

Enhance weight with every set.

4 units, 5 reps (proper facet, relaxation 90 sec.)


6

Seated Row

Enhance weight with every set.

3 units, 5 reps (relaxation 90 sec.)


7

Barbell shrug

Enhance weight with every set.

3 units, 5 reps (relaxation 90 sec.)


1

Log Elevate

Construct as much as a heavy single.

5 units, 1 reps (relaxation 2 min.)


2

Circus Bell

Construct as much as a heavy single.

5 units, 1 reps (relaxation 2 min.)


3

Axle Clear And Press

Construct as much as a heavy single.

5 units, 1 reps (relaxation 2 min.)


4

Atlas Stones

Construct as much as a heavy single.

5 units, 1 reps (relaxation 2 min.)


Day 6: Occasions/Cardio

This present day consists of round 4 hours of occasion coaching. I am going to follow something I am coaching for on the given second. Every competitors is totally different, so I work solely towards my subsequent competitors or on my weaker occasions.

Mark Felix

What number of extra of those do you will have left—and what retains you going on this sport?  

So long as I am coaching effectively and I hold bettering, I am going to hold going.  

I like power sports activities. The camaraderie and group is in contrast to every other sport. Your opponents are additionally your assist. The one draw back is the stereotype of “sturdy.” Folks assume that anybody as massive and robust as we are has to be taking one thing. If folks would not restrict themselves by such concepts, I am certain they might obtain extra of their objectives.

I respect my physique and practice properly. It is vital for me to set a very good instance for my youngsters and hopefully present you can begin coaching at any age and obtain your objectives. Age is simply a quantity. I am proud to be the oldest competitor on the World’s Strongest Man, giving the kids a run for his or her cash.



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