Mark Smith spent 10 years in the British Forces and lost his leg in 2011. He is a 2 time 'Britain's Strongest Disabled Man' (2016 & 2017) & Winner at Arnold's Disabled Strongman (2017). He is currently competing at the Arnold Sports Festival and will compete again later this year to win the World's Strongest Disabled Man...
What does fitness mean to a Strongman?
I see my body as my work and as an investment. I have one goal in the world of Disabled Strongman and that’s to become the World’s Strongest Disabled Man, but goals like that can only be achieved by paying attention to every detail.
What does your current training program look like?
Monday: Back & Biceps
Tuesday: Event training-Tire pulls, Atlas stones, Deadlifts, Hammer Holds/Farmers Holds
Wednesday: Chest & Triceps
Thursday: Log Press, Axle press, Giant Dumbbell press
Friday: Leg day
What are some recent achievements and future goals?
I recently set a world record for the fastest time pulling two trucks, 20m distance in 24.35 seconds.
My goals are to break the world record for the heaviest atlas stone lifted by a seated disabled athlete, at 150kg.
What's your favorite workout?
I always enjoy a workout Monday morning, it’s the start of another week of progress.
My strongest and also my favorite events are the truck pull and the atlas stones.
I spend a lot of time working on my conditioning and my technique for these two events in particular.
What's your nutrition look like?
My nutrition needs to aid my training, with my training being predominantly heavy weights and working out intensely five days a week, I need to be able to repair and recover quickly, so I consume a lot of calories throughout the day, without these, my strength just wouldn’t be there.
I eat 6-8 meals a day, consisting largely of red meat, in particular, each meal will also have a carb, usually potato or pasta and vegetables.
Between meals, I will have a shake consisting of Cellucor Mass Gainer, oats, ice cream, full-fat milk, cream, 4 whole eggs.
I start my day with oats, fruit, yogurt, pancakes and my C4 pre-workout, as I train shortly after.
How do you supplement for your goals?
How do you stay motivated through it all?
I have a photo in my home gym of myself on life support, in intensive care. It acts as a reminder of how far I’ve come and how lucky I am.
I have fallen in love with the sport of Strongman, and the more competitions I compete in, the more I realize if I keep chipping away, I will one day hold that title of the World’s Strongest Disabled Man and that alone is what gets me out of bed in the morning.
I dream about the day my sons can go into school and tell their friends that their Daddy is the Strongest Disabled Man in the world!
What advice do you have for anyone who is trying to achieve a fitness goal?
I think everybody has something they can excel in and enjoy equally, I think goals are hugely important, to have something to strive for. Once you find a passion, it comes easily.
Set short-term, realistic, achievable goals and tick them off as you go along and each time, reevaluate where you’re at and set new goals, all the while improving.
I believe that anybody can achieve anything they want to, if they are persistent, consistent and willing to work hard enough for it.
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