MEN'S FITNESS U.K.
The following is an abbreviated version of ''Men's Fitness'', and taken from the
interview with ''Men's Fitness UK'', March 2004.
''THIS IS THE WORLD'S FITTEST MAN, but we can't say so, the title's already been trademarked.
Despite Cycling 25 Miles, Running 7, Elliptical 5, and worked out in 2 gyms, and a Martial Arts Session Rob Powell, springs upstairs, to show the footage from a severe 40 mph, hit and run accident, during his 500 Mile Cycling Tour across the State of Texas. He did this in June, 2003, from The Gulf of Mexico, to The Red River.
The injuries are shown and listed in the DVD, ''WFC'', and are.... a level 2 concussion, dislocated shoulder, dislocated right hip, torn abdominal and groin muscles, blood tumor on left hip, 3 cracked ribs, bruised spleen, and 4 stitches near the left eye, with multiple cuts, abrasions and bruises.
The accident happened at Mile 70, he continued the Tour, after a 15 minute rest, to stop the bleeding.
Rob Powell is The 2 Time World Fitness Champion, after shattering the Guinness World Record, twice, and is now on a mission to create a new sport built around his superhuman feats, the WFC.
Rob does all his serious lifting at Olympic Gym, in Waco, Texas, and his calisthenics, cardio, and Martial Arts, at a lesser gym, where he trains others.
ENTER THE DRAGON, Rob steadies my hand, then he removes a quarter from my hand, and leaves me a nickel for change, before I could close it. I couldn't believe it, until he did it 3 times in a row. Then he had me raise my hand to 6' +'' high, and did 20 double kicks, and 20 spinning double kicks, only millimeters from my hand. He could have easily broke my hand if he wanted.
As the Baylor University students, and others are gathering and watching the Warrior, with the Bruce Lee feet, one thing becomes clear. Rob Powell is a Wild Man, when he wants to be, and an Expert Martial Artist, and Professional the remainder of the time.
The son of Cattle Rancher, James Powell, Rob grew up wrestling cattle, outside of Dallas, in Dry Creek, Texas.
A High School and College Track Standout, Powell rode a wave of college scholarships, attending 7, including the one that encouraged him to take a better scholarship offer, after suspicions of his spending too many nights in the cheerleaders dorm.
After graduating, he Taught and Coached in Texas Schools, and supplemented his income as a professional bodyguard.
He decided to go for the World Record, in the Summer of 2001. On October 27-28, 2001, cheered on by his friends, and 9 Guinness Certified Officials, he shattered Joe Decker's mark, by adding 25%, to the previous record. His events were a 2 Mile Swim, 12 Mile Run, 12 Mile Hike, 1,250 Push-Ups, 1,250 Leg Lifts, 1,250 Jumping Jacks, 110 Miles Cycling, 20 Miles Rowing, 20 Miles Elliptical, 3,250 Abdominal Crunches, and 300,000 Pounds of Weights, using Bench Press, Lat Pulls, Seated Row, Triceps Extension, and Curls, with a time of 22 Hours 11 Minutes and 40 Seconds.
He could have finished under 22 Hours, but was afraid his time would be too unbelievable, so he faked a few leg cramps, and Ellipticalled an extra 2 Miles, to extend his time, to over 22:10.
For good measure, he shattered his own record the following year by nearly 3 hours, performing the same task in 19 Hours, 17 Minutes and 38 Seconds, Guinness and the World knew he was legit., so he held nothing back.
The World Fitness Championships, ''The Ultimate Extreme Sport'', came from the mind of Rob Powell, based on his 2 Previous Guinness World Records.
It is a ball-busting event that any ordinary bloke from the neighborhood gym can aspire.
It has a slightly different criteria from his Original Guinness World Records, with Powell's own creations, like Pop-Ups, a blend of squat thrust, push-ups, and jumping jacks. In addition, there are Hanging Leg Lifts, (see WFC DVD Page for demos.).
Powell created these to eliminate cheating in events like push-ups, leg lifts, and jumping jacks.
WFC 1, held on October 25-26, 2003, consists of a 2 Mile Swim, 10 Mile Run, 10 Mile Hike, 500 Pop-Ups, 500 Hanging Leg Lifts, 100 Mile Cycle, 20 Mile Row, 20 Mile Elliptical, 3,000 Abdominal Crunches, and 300,000 Pounds of Weights, using Bench Press, Lat Pulls, Seated Row, Triceps Extension, and Curls.
157 Applied, (none were turned down), 12 Registered, 3 Participated, and 2 Finished.
An 18 year old from Shanghi, China, dropped out, Merl Wolff, from Britton, South Dakota, finished with a time of, 23 Hours, 53 Minutes, and 12 Seconds, and Rob Powell, set a New World Record with a time of 18 Hours, 36 Minutes, and 15 Seconds.
When asked what do you think of the Ironman, Powell responded, 'I am a fan of anyone who participates in any sport or workout program, or activity. That is the key to being fit'.
Powell went on to say, 'anyone can do and finish the WFC, it takes 3 months to train for, and 3 days to recover from.'
Powell took a temporary hiatus from his teaching to promote the WFC and Fitness.
He does have the web site where the public can order products, and get advice on fitness.
He is an Animal/Man/Machine on a mission. The world may not have caught on to the WFC yet, but at the end of the day, he knows exactly who he is, and what he drives to accomplish.