MARK "SMELLY" BELL
I grew up as the youngest of three boys with my traditional American family in Poughkeepsie, New York. I first started to get into lifting, after a bully from the neighborhood punted my favorite New York Jets football straight into the woods near my house… legend has it that football is still in those woods somewhere. From that point forward I told myself I would never let anyone punk me like that again and I was going to be strong enough to stick up for myself. My older brothers Mike (MadDog), and Chris (Boar) helped me get into lifting weights and being strong like them. You may have seen my childhood and family featured in my big bro Chris’s documentary, “Bigger, Stronger, Faster”.
With Team Super Training all pushing each other, including myself to get stronger, I set world and American records in powerlifting. My best-equipped lifts were a 1,080lb skwaat, an 854lb bench press, and a 766lb deadlift, and my best raw bench press in competition was 578lbs. As you can imagine, the journey to hitting those lifts and breaking those world and American records came with their fair share of injuries. After tearing my pec several times, I began thinking of a way I could bench press again without any pain, and help others do the same. I played around with some early ideas of the Sling Shot® but never did anything with that dream until later.
After successfully creating the Sling Shot and building a company around making the world a better place to lift, I became Mark Bell, “Meathead Millionaire”. From that point forward, the ball kept rolling. I used the money I made from the Sling Shot® to make my gym 100% free. That’s right, FREE. No member of Super Training Gym pays me or anyone else a dime. Powerlifting has done so much for me. This is my way of giving back to powerlifting. I started up a podcast to help educate more people about how to get jacked and tan, and how to live. I kept thinking about how I can help every person who steps in the gym and kept inventing more products.
As the People’s Coach, I have had many opportunities to rub elbows with some of the best in the world when it comes to business, health, fitness, and entertainment. I have been featured on the biggest podcast in the world, The Joe Rogan Experience, twice. I have become friends with Tim Ferriss and have helped him with several of his self-experimentation projects. I have developed professional relationships with business and entrepreneur icons like Andy Frisella, Bedros Kueilian, Tom Bilyue, and Ron Pena.
I now continue to work on how I can Make The World A Better Place To Lift and teach people to Lift Through It®. I work hard to love my wife, son, and daughter every day, and help invest value into the lives of the people I interact with.
I’m Mark “Smelly” Bell and I am sticking to it!