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04-30-2014, 07:59 PM #1
Words Over the Bar #1: Mike Zolkiewicz, Highland Games Champion!Words Over the Bar #1: Mike Zolkiewicz, Highland Games Champion!
Mike Zolkiewicz is a 6’4’’, 290-pound Highland games competitor and world record holder. He is also owner of PowerClean Fitness in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts. Let’s learn more about this champion.
04-30-2014, 08:48 PM #2
- Join Date
- Feb 2009
- Big Jeff's Family Restaurant, 815 Fremont Ave, South Pasadena, CA
Q: According to http://www.highlandgames.net/ , your world record of 19'1" in the weight over the bar competition still stands. Will you be the man to break it?
- Rep Power
A: There is one other guy out there right now that is getting close. Andy Vincent (former NFL lineman and Pro Strongman) has cleared 18’-6” and has come close to 19’. For now I am the only active athlete to clear 19’ and I feel this year I can go higher.
Q: How did you get introduced to the weights – by family, sports, friends, your own interest?
A: When I was 10 years old a friend’s father put a discus into my hands and told me I was going to be a thrower. A few weeks later we were working out in his basement and he was teaching me how to squat and bench. As I got older I picked up small things from teammates and older guys around the gym. I didn’t understand what it was to really train until I got out of college and started doing my own research and contacting coaches.
Q: And how did you discover the Highland Games?
A: My college throws coach, Bill Sutherland (Southern CT State University) is Scottish and threw Highland Games for many years. He taught us the games as a way to help our off season training program. It got us stronger for our track events and it was a nice break from the grind. We would throw at a small game his wife ran in Goshen, CT at the beginning of October and then start back into track and field the next day.
Mike Zolkiewicz can be reached at [email protected] as well as his fitness center’s Facebook page @ https://www.facebook.com/pages/Power...54742887925637 and his FB @ https://www.facebook.com/michael.zolkiewicz
My goal is to promote Strongman, Powerlifting, Highland Games, Olympic lifting... All Things Strength. If you know of anyone interested in participating in an interview, please have them contact me at [email protected].