Mark Philippi

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Mark Philippi
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Mark Philippi

(1965-03-21) March 21, 1965 (age 54)
ResidenceLas Vegas, Nevada[2]
OccupationStrongman, Powerlifting
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight300 lb (140 kg)
Competition record
Representing  United States
World's Strongest Man
7th 1997 World's Strongest Man
8th 1998 World's Strongest Man
Qualified 1999 World's Strongest Man
Qualified 2000 World's Strongest Man
Qualified 2001 World's Strongest Man
Qualified 2003 World's Strongest Man
Qualified 2005 World's Strongest Man
Arnold Strongman Classic
4th 2002 Arnold Strongman Classic
4th 2004 Arnold Strongman Classic
4th 2005 Arnold Strongman Classic
World Muscle Power Championships
2nd 1997
3rd 1998
2nd 1999
World Strongman Challenge
2nd 1998
Beauty and the Beast
1st 1998
4th 2000
America's Strongest Man
1st 1997
3rd 2001
8th 2002
3rd 2003
All-American Strongman Challenge
4th 2006
Representing  United States
WDFPF World Powerlifting Championships[3]
1st 1996 145kg

Mark Philippi (born 21 March 1963) is an American world champion powerlifter and strongman competitor. Philippi is a multiple entrant to the World's Strongest Man competition, and former holder of the America's Strongest Man title.[1]


As a young man, Mark saw the early strongman competitions featuring his soon-to-be hero, Bill Kazmaier. He has stated that having seen Kazmaier on television he said to himself "I want to be like Bill." A career in athletic events focused on strength including powerlifting and strength athletics followed.

After winning the title of America's Strongest Man in 1997, he went on to represent his country in the 1997 World's Strongest Man finals, the first of seven appearances. He made the final on 2 occasions, but his greatest success came in the World Muscle Power Championships where he placed in the top three on three consecutive occasions from 1997 to 1999. His progress to become the best in the field was hindered by two major injuries that required extensive rehabilitation. In 1998, Philippi was severely injured at the 1998 World's Strongest Man during the car flip event where he ruptured his patella tendon and also partially tore his biceps tendon when the car rolled back on him. Surgery and a long rehabilitation followed but when he returned to strongman contests in 2000 he ruptured a patella tendon again. Philippi returned to competition in 2001 and placed third in the America’s Strongest Man contest.[2]


As well as a successful career as a strength athlete, Mark was also a highly rated world champion powerlifter. He won the WDFPF World Drug Free Power Lifting Championships in 1996. In College, Mark was an offensive lineman and three-year starter at Montana Tech from 1983 to 1987.

Outside competition[edit]

Mark opened the Philippi Sports Institute[4][5] Mark has written for, and been featured in, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Muscle and Fitness, Sports Illustrated, Las Vegas Life, Ironmind and Powerlifting USA[6] and written or appeared in articles in Sports Illustrated, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness and the New York Daily News. In addition he lectures on Coaching, Motivation, Strength Training, and Conditioning. For a number of years he has also been an instructor and designer of the Academic Strength Curriculum at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Paradise, Nevada.


  • Height 183 cm
  • Weight 138 – 150 kg
  • biceps 51 cm
  • Chest 150 cm

Personal life[edit]

Mark is married to Tracey with whom he has four children (Marc, born 1993, McKayla born 1998, Zach born 2001 and a fourth child born 2004).

Strongman Competition record[edit]

Other sports[edit]


  • 1996
    • 1. - 1996 American Drug Free Powerlifting National Championships
    • 1. - 1996 World Drug Free Powerlifting Federation Championships

American Football[edit]

  • Offensive lineman and three-year starter at Montana Tech (1983–1987)