Mark Bell (powerlifter)

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Mark Bell
Born Mark Bell
December 10, 1976 (1976-12-10)
Residence Sacramento, CA
Occupation Professional Powerlifter, was a football coach in 2008

Mark Bell is an American elite powerlifter, patent holder, owner of Team Super Training Gym, and former professional wrestler. His best lifts in competition include a 1,025 lb (465 kg) squat, a 832 lb (377 kg) bench press, and a 738 lb (335 kg) deadlift. He is the brother of Mike Bell and Chris Bell (Director of Bigger, Stronger, Faster*).

Early life[edit]

Mark Bell was born in Poughkeepsie, New York. He began lifting weights at the age of 11, and entered his first powerlifting meet when he was 13. By the end of a high school, Mark was regarded as one of the strongest teenage powerlifters in America, holding multiple national and state records. He also trained for boxing and was coached by Kevin Rooney, Mike Tyson's former trainer.[citation needed]


After high school Mark concentrated on his professional wrestling career. He developed his own training routine, making his practices much harder than seemingly anyone in the sport. He utilized various form of conditioning: hill running, body weight circuits, interval type cardio on treadmills, bikes, ellipticals, and rowers. All of this allowed him to have a superior endurance. Mark Bell was 2xUltimate 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]


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


  • ELITE classification in 4 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]

Mark is the owner of Team Super Training Gym, home of some of the strongest powerlifters on the West Coast. He spends 5 to 6 hours a day in the gym, helping his team in between his own lifts.


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


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