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Pain, Perseverance, and Pushing Through Struggle with Mark Bell, from Super Training Gym

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Pain, Perseverance, and Pushing Through Struggle with Mark Bell, from Super Training Gym

Entrepreneurship, Health & Wellness, Mindset
Kaivan Dave Kaivan Dave
Entrepreneurship, Health & Wellness, Mindset
Take accountability for your emotional health, opens up about loneliness, and live more authentically.

Mark Bell is synonymous with powerlifting.  Known as one of the biggest names in the sport, he has enjoyed a very successful career.  In addition to winning international competitions, his career also entails successful product development as an entrepreneur, as well as fitness training for coaching clients.  His patented product called the Slingshot helps bodybuilders to train more effectively, and keep them safe in the gym, while preventing injury. Mark truly embodies staying uncomfortable and his humility shines through in this episode.

However, like anyone else he also knows what it means to face injury, rejection, pain, and loss. On this episode he shares his thought processes behind what he was thinking mentally, and feeling emotionally as he suffered the greatest physical setback of his life–falling with nearly 1100 pounds on his back.  

In this episode, Mark opens up about how he was able to slowly recover and rebuild himself back to his peak greatness. He shares his own definition of success and goes deep to explain his relationship with his father, and how that relationship has impacted him.  As a brother, he witnessed the tragic death of Mike “Mad Dog” Bell, who overdosed in Cosa Mesa, California. Mark shares his first-hand advice about reaching out and seeking help for anyone suffering like his brother and explains how he manages to always stay positive.   He also shares insights on what it means to take accountability for your emotional health, opens up about men and loneliness, and encourages everyone to live more authentically.

In This Episode You Will Learn:

  • How Mark overcame tremendous adversity after his nearly career-ending injury after falling with 1085 lbs during a competition
  • The mindset that Mark used to recover and slowly rebuild
  • Why Mark doesn’t focus on negativity
  • How to Accept your situation, and still make changes
  • Mark’s definition of “greatness”
  • Mark’s biggest role model
  • Mark’s advice for depression and addiction after losing his brother

Some Questions Kaivan Asks In this Episode

  • How do you come back from rock bottom?
  • What’s the mindset Mark used to recover?
  • How has Mark’s relationship with his parents changed?
  • What advice do you have for people who are depressed or addicts?


Powerlifter Mark Bell is a world-renowned bodybuilder, entrepreneur, and health and fitness expert.  He is a highly sought after trainer, coach, and instructor.  He holds both World and American records for professional powerlifter. He is currently ranked in the top 10 of all-time powerlifters, with a total of 2,628 lb. He has squatted 1,080 lbs, bench pressed 854 lbs, and deadlifted 766 lbs. Mark continues to train and power lift to set personal records in his own Mark Bell gym called Super Training Gym. 

Mark has also teamed up with Crossfit to develop a Crossfit Powerlifting Certification series and offers lifting seminars to Crossfit boxes throughout Northern California. He also hosts one of the Top 50 Health Podcasts, “Mark Bell’s PowerCast” on iTunes and was one of the early users of YouTube to host a channel that offered lifting tutorials to his viewers.

You Can Find Mark Here!

Kaivan Dave

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Hi, I’m Kaivan - Entrepreneur, growth marketer, and extremely passionate about building brands. To get to the top, you have to fall several times, and learn how to pick yourself back up. The most successful people in the world know that breaking out of your comfort zone and staying there is the secret to achieving your dreams. Remember to stay uncomfortable and never to stop dreaming.

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