Steve Pulcinella

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Steve Pulcinella
Born (1965-10-19) 19 October 1965 (age 51)
Ridley Township, Pennsylvania, United States
Occupation Strength coach, strongman, powerlifter
Employer Iron Sport Gym (owner)
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 280 lb (130 kg)

Steve Pulcinella (born October 19, 1965) is an American former powerlifter, strongman, and Highland games competitor. He is the owner of Iron Sport Gym in Glenolden, Pennsylvania.[1]

Early life[edit]

Pulcinella was born and raised in Ridley Township, Pennsylvania, where he began strength training at his high school, Ridley High School in Folsom, Pennsylvania, with his cousin, bodybuilder Dave Pulcinella. He started training with weights at age 13 and competed in his first powerlifting meet at age 14.[2] After graduating from Ridley in 1983, Pulcinella worked at his father's printing shop. Over the next 24 years, he supported his lifting career by doing pre-press work, sales, and customer service for the family business.[3]

Lifting career[edit]

Pulcinella began competing in powerlifting in 1981 and quickly earned a reputation for his large size and big lifts. He competed for about eight years, during which time he won four Pennsylvania State Powerlifting Championships, two Pennsylvania State Region II Powerlifting titles, and placed second in the USPF teenage national championships.[4]

In the early 1990s, Pulcinella began training and competing as a professional strongman. In 1993, he won Virginia's Strongest Man and the North America's Strongest Man competition in Toronto, defeating 15 competitors in events including car deadlift, truck pull, and keg loading.[4] In 1994, Pulcinella was invited to compete in the prestigious World's Strongest Man contest in South Africa.

Pulcinella stopped competing in Strongman when he became a Highland Games pro in 1995. At the height of his career, he was competing in over 20 Highland Games events every year.[2] Pulcinella qualified annually for the U.S. National Highland Games contest, participated in more than 300 events around the world, and earned over 40 professional titles over the course of his career.[5] In 2000, he won the International Pro Highland Games competition at Loon Mountain in Lincoln, New Hampshire against a strong field of top throwers.[2] Pulcinella retired from competing in Highland Games in 2011 after a devastating knee injury at the Newport Oregon Highland Games in Newport, Oregon.[6]

Current career[edit]

In 1995, Pulcinella and his brother Joe opened Iron Sport Gym in Glenolden, Pennsylvania.[7] Pulcinella manages and maintains the gym, works with clients, and - though he has retired from competition - still trains to maintain what he calls “recreational hugeness.”[8] Pulcinella regularly hosts strength seminars at Iron Sport, and offers personal training for powerlifting, Olympic weightlifting, strongman, and bodybuilding at Iron Sport and through an online training program. He contributes to EliteFTS’s Learn To Train seminar series at the organization’s headquarters in London, Ohio.[9] Pulcinella also travels to hold seminars on powerlifting, Olympic lifting, strongman, and general strength training. Outside of Iron Sport, Pulcinella regularly announces for regional Highland Games competitions, and serves as athletic director for the annual Celtic Classic in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, which was highlighted in a January 2013 episode of the Travel Channel series Edge of America.[10]

Blogging and writing[edit]

Pulcinella is a featured contributor for EliteFTS, a strength training website and equipment resource founded by powerlifter Dave Tate. He has maintained a training log at since October 2010.[11]

In 2012, Pulcinella published a strength training manual titled Iron Sport Strength Method that is available in both paper and electronic formats.[12]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b c Nicolay, Zach (2010-10-29). "Spotlight: New EFS Log Addition – Q&A Interview with Strongman Steve Pulcinella". EliteFTS. Retrieved 2013-02-01. 
  3. ^ Smith, C. (4 Feb 2010). "Interview with Steve Pulcinella (2/4/10)". North American Scottish Games Athletics. Retrieved 2013-02-01. 
  4. ^ a b McShane, Justin (31 Jan 1998). "Steve Pulcinella: Brief Biography". American Strength Legends. Retrieved 2013-02-01. 
  5. ^ NASGA. "North American Scottish Games Athletics Database". Retrieved 2013-02-07. 
  6. ^ Pulcinella, Steve (15 Jun 2011). "Newport Oregon Highland Games/Tragic Injury". EliteFTS. Retrieved 2013-02-01. 
  7. ^ Pulcinella, Joe (2012). "Iron Sport Gym". Retrieved 2013-02-01. 
  8. ^ Pulcinella, Steve (13 Jul 2011). "Todays Delts and Bi's training and some of my goals". EliteFTS. Retrieved 2013-02-01. 
  9. ^ EFS Staff (11 Apr 2011). "Learn to Train Seminar Registration". EliteFTS. Retrieved 2013-02-07. 
  10. ^ Duckett, Jodi (29 Jan 2013). "Celtic Classic, Braveheart Highland Pub to be featured on TV show 'Edge of America'". The Morning Call. Retrieved 2013-02-07. 
  11. ^ Pulcinella, Steve (25 Oct 2010). "Training Logs: Steve Pulcinella". EliteFTS. Retrieved 2013-02-01. 
  12. ^ Amazon (Aug 2012). "Iron Sport Strength Method". Retrieved 2013-02-01. 

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