USA Derek Poundstone


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  • Height:

    185cm / 6ft 1ins

  • Weight:

    155kg / 340lbs

  • Competed In WSM:

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2011 Event Information:

One of the highest-achieving competitors of recent years, Poundstone exploded onto the WSM scene in 2008, narrowly failing to take the title at the first attempt after a tussle with five-times WSM Mariusz Pudzianowski which went down to the final event. Fourth place followed one year later in Malta. Poundstone then followed this up with ninth place in 2010, carrying a quadriceps injury into the contest which hampered him on many events. After spending a large portion of this year on the sidelines due to a severe back injury, Poundstone is looking to be back to full fitness for his next attempt at the WSM crown.


Question & Answer session:

How many hours per day do you train?


How many days do you train per week?


What does your training involve?

Weights, strongman equipment, cardio

What made you want to become a strongman?

Watching WSM as a child

How old were you when you started training and competing in strongman?

Started training at 13 years old, started competing at 20 years old

What is your greatest strongman achievement?

Arnold classic strongman/2 times and current America’s Strongest Man

What is the worst injury you have ever had?

2 disks in my lower back (l3/l4 & l4/l5) in october 2006

What are your plans after your strongman career?

Continue to be a police officer and investing in real estate

What has been your biggest dissapointment whilst training as a strongman?

Hurting my back in 2006

What advice would you give to someone who wants to become a strongman?

Lots of hard work, the sport has advanced so much during my strongman career, it really takes a lot of work to become an athlete at this level.

What is your favourite strongman event and why?

I love any overhead pressing for reps and deadlifts for reps because its an ultimate test of willpower and strength

Which past strongman do you admire now & why?

I’m a fan of Jouko Ahola in the past

Which current strongman do you admire now & why?

Currently Mariusz for his level of achievement in sport

How do you prepare yourself for major events?

I have an insane regime that starts 8-12 weeks before the event. I pack like a body builder.

What is your favourite other sporting event?

American football

What do you do to relax? Do you have any hobbies?

I have a 2005 Dodge Viper that is modified and a custom ‘chopper’ mototcycle.

I enjoy working on and racing the Viper (at a track) and showing the bike and Viper.

Given your size, what’s the funniest thing that has ever happened to you?

I’d say several times a year I will accidently break a chair

Do you have any nicknames? If so, what’s the story behind your nickname.

‘The viper’ by a friend for my unassuming nature ‘Captain America’ by the president of ASC because of my clean cutlook and being a cop.

What would be your favourite type of holiday and destination?

I love christmas in north eastern US

What is your favourite film?

The Shawshank Redemption

What car do you drive now and what car would you like to drive?

2008 Honda Accord coupe V6

What personal achievement are you most proud of?

2 x America’s strongest man & 2009 arnold classic champion

Who is your biggest threat for 2009 and why?

Zydrunas Savickas he’s got unreal static strength and can still move, I believe the WSM events favour me

General stats:

  • Bench press max weight: 550 lbs
  • Squat max: 780+ lbs
  • Dead lift max: 900+ lbs