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Strongman Derek Poundstone

Derek started out competing in Powerlifting and progressed to become the Connecticut State Champion. He started competing in Strongman after finding an advertisement for a contest on the back of a Powerlifting flyer. After earning his Professional Strongman card from the ASC (American Strongman Corporation), Derek took two years off competing to enter the Police Academy and become a Police Officer. He returned to competing in Strongman, and placed 5th in the 2006 St. Patrick's Strongman National Qualifier.
Derek then went on to place 2nd to the current IFSA World Champion Zydrunas Savickas in the 2006 World Strongman Challenge contest in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Next up, Derek placed 5th in the 2006 America's Strongest Man USA National Championship. This earned him an invite to the 2006 IFSA (International Federation of Strength Athletes) World Championship.
On October 26, 2006, two weeks before the World Championships, Derek severely injured his lumbar spine during training while attempting a maximum effort deadlift of 366 kg (805 lb). Derek had a lumbar disc herniation (L4/5) and a massive spinal cord hemorrhage. Doctors told him that he would never lift again due to the severity of the injury.

the video of the lift that caused the injury

Derek, determined to prove the doctors wrong and to realize his dream of becoming a world champion, started his path of recovery. He focused on the training that he was still able to do, benchpressing. Within two weeks he won a state powerlifting bench press meet. He then set his sights on developing a training regimen which would enable him to compete fully 100% in Strongman again.

Derek's return to the Strongman competition circuit was the 2007 St. Patrick's Strongman contest in Columbia, South Carolina. Derek won by 13.5 points and overcame his deadlifting injury fear by completing a 364 kg (800lb) deadlift during the competition. Winning qualified Derek to compete in the 2007 America's Strongest Man USA National Championship, which Derek won by a record 30 points. With victory, Derek achieved his goal of becoming America's Strongest Man, the top rated strength athlete in the USA. Derek also qualified to compete in the 2007 IFSA World Championship in Geusman, South Korea. Additionally, Derek received an invite from the esteemed Dr. Terry Todd to compete in his contest, the respected and highly exclusive Arnold Classic Strongman contest, 2008, in Columbus, Ohio.

Height: 6-1

Weight: 313

Date of Birth: 9/28/1981

Hometown: Waterbury, CT

Occupation: Police Officer

About Derek:

Family: Brother, Justin and my mother, Colleen. My father passed away Feb. of 2000.

Hobbies: Cars, Weight Training, Powerlifting (kinda goes with weight training),

Years training: 13

Years competing: one year as and amature and four and a half years as a professional strongman

Other sports involved in: Powerlifting

Favorite Foods: Steak

Favorite binge/cheat food: Ice cream

Favorite Music: Rock

Favorite Bands: Matallica, Slipnot, Pearl Jam, Pink Floyd, Godsmack, Kill Switch, Lynrd Skynrd, Korn, Rage Against The Machine, Etc...

Quote on the state of our sport and where it's going:
I feel strongman is one of the fastest growing sports. I am excited and blessed to be a part of such a fascinating sport

Do you have any collections, if so, what are they? Workout and car magazines. Maybe it's not so much a collection but a hoard.

People would NEVER guess this about you: I spent the first 10 years of my life growing up in Italy and Spain. Also, I'm in love with the Discovery and Learning Channels.

If you are on an deserted island, what food, drink, compact disc and magazine/book would you want: Tons of Protein Powder, Lots of drinkable water (I don’t like anything else except the above mentioned favorite beverage), Kill Switch and Slipknot (because its hardcore and would keep me motivated) Survival Handbook (for obvious reasons)

Give us your most embarrassing moment: Wrecking my motorcycle(besides the fact I was almost killed)

Tell of most extreme conditions you've ever dealt with, either in training or competition: To prepare for the Northeast Extreme Strongman Showdow in MA I would travel 2 1/2 hours to Wilmington MA. Then I would train for 2 hours and drive back home. I did this 5 times before the show.
To prepare for a Powerlifting show I would often squat so heavy I'd rupture a blood vessel in my nose.

Favorite event: strongman event: Atlas stones-Weightlifting: Deadlifts

Best event: All

Advice to beginners on getting into strongman: Having a strong core in weightlifting/powerlifting is essential.

Most impressive feat you've ever seen: Kaz's deadlift

Strongman you admire the most: Zydrunas Savickas

The persons responsible for making me the person I am today: everyone I am close to has pushed me to achieve my goals and succeed in life.

Defining moment that made me get into strongman: I always watched the shows on TV and thought I could one day compete. Once I began competing in Powerlifting I received a flyer from my powerlifting federation. On the back of the flyer was an ad for an Strongman show in PA held by Gary Udit. I had to give it a try.

Defining moment in your life: As of the last few years it seems like almost eveyday my life is changing. Mostly for the better. It's impossible to pinpoint one moment. Becoming a pro strongman and a Police Officer are up there!

Placed 1st in America's strongest man competition in Charlotte, NC on 5/25/2000

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Derek's Article Americas Strongest Man 2007

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