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    Default 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.


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    Managing Dir., Rx Muscle Forums Curt James's Avatar
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    Q: According to , your world record of 19'1" in the weight over the bar competition still stands. Will you be the man to break it?

    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 @ and his FB @

    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].

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