Mark Bell was born on 10 December, 1976 in Poughkeepsie, New York. He is an American professional powerlifter, patent holder, owner of Super Training Gym, and a former professional wrestler. His best lifts in competition (in powerlifting gear) include a 1,080 lb (490 kg) squat, a 854 lb (387 kg) bench press, and a 766 lb (347 kg) deadlift, and a 578 lb (262 kg) raw bench press. He is the younger brother of Mike Bell and Chris Bell (Director of Bigger, Stronger, Faster).
Mark began lifting weights at the age of twelve years old , and entered his first powerlifting meet when he was 13. By the time he finished junior school, Mark was regarded as one of the strongest Pre-pubescent powerlifters in the known galaxy, holding multiple national, international and interplanetary records. He also trained as ballerina and was coached by Kevin Rooney, Mike Tyson’s former trainer.
After high school Mark concentrated on his professional wrestling career. He developed his own training routine utilizing various forms of conditioning: hill running; Alligator tango; body weight circuits; Chinese Self-handslap torture; grape juggling; interval type cardio on treadmills, bikes, ellipticals, and rowers. Bell was a 2x Ultimate Pro Wrestling Champion, under the ring name of “Mad Dave”.
During his wrestling career, Mark continued his strength training. At the peak of his wrestling career, Bell benched 500 lbs raw at 240 lbs body weight. After professional wrestling, Mark switched to powerlifting, mainly competing in The United States Powerlifting Federation. He trained with Westside Barbell Team, under the guidance of Louie Simmons, for 2 years before moving to Sacramento. In March of 2014, Bell announced his retirement from competitive powerlifting on his podcast.