Mark Bell

I am sometimes known as JackAss from my days at or Smelly from the Sundance documentary Bigger, Stronger, Faster. I am a husband, a father of two, and the owner of Super Training Gym in Sacramento, CA. It's one of the top 30 gyms in the country. There I coach a team of 20 competitive powerlifters. We work hard, but we have tons of fun. Find out more at the gym's website and see us train on our video channel and in our DVD series.

I am a World and American record holding pro powerlifter. I've squatted 1,025 lbs, benched 854 lbs, and deadlifted 755 lbs. My 2,551 lb total is the highest in California history.

I invented a product called the Sling Shot, a supportive upper body device that helps improve the bench press and push up. It's not just for powerlifters, It will help anybody who's looking to improve pressing strength.

My wife and I also own and operate the nationally distributed POWER Magazine. POWER showcases strength athletes as the most powerful people on earth, but the articles can benefit any athlete. Many you can tear and use in your training right away. I am the editor and also a contributing writer. For more info on POWER at

Lately, I've been working with the CrossFit organization. I've written articles for CrossFit Journal, and I have started offering Crossfit Powerlifting Certifications on behalf of Louie Simmons of Westside Barbell. Sign ups are handled by CrossFit Journal.

Finally, I am the Southern Powerlifting Federation State Chairman. As Chairman, I run 3-5 meets a year in Northern California. We welcome lifters of any age, sex or experience level.

In lifting, coaching, business, and life in general, I'm always looking to improve myself and help others improve, too. I've noticed that people are either in or they're in the way. There's nothing in between.

Mark Bell