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There Can Only Be One



Posted in: Articles by ProSource, Featured Content, Featured Athlete Profile | Jun 7, 2011



There Can image Brute Strength Propels Doug Madewell in
His Quest to Be World's Strongest Man



"My biggest goal is to be the World's Strongest Man. Hey, who wouldn't want a title like that? It just sounds cool."

Admit it -- it does sound cool. So it's hard to blame  29-year-old strongman competitor Doug Madewell for taking direct aim at the title, hell-bent on moving whatever anchors, anvils and Atlas stones they may throw in his way.

The 5'11", 245-pound married father of two, who hails from Dayton, Ohio, has been competing in professional strongman events for three years. Madewell, an avid outdoorsman who counts archery and hunting among his passions, earned his pro status by winning the lightweight title at the North American Strongman National Championships in Lafayette, Louisiana, in October 2009, and is currently ranked in the top five among Lightweight Division Strongmen in the U.S. Recently, he stepped away from his rigorous training schedule to talk to ProSource about his relentless pursuit of power, and how supplements play a role in his quest for the Strongest Man title.

ProSource: What initially drew you to such a unique sport such as strongman?

Madewell: This sport is intense. When you hear people use the phrase 'blood, sweat and tears,' that describes it.No day is ever the same. But outside of that intensity, the athletes you compete with are friendly and help each other. It may be surprising, but I've never seen such a friendly sport.

ProSource: Outside of the grueling training, of course, what are the biggest obstacles you face as you climb the ranks?


Madewell: There's not a lot of money -- you really do this sport for the love of the game. So it hasn't been easy to round up the funds to get me ready to compete. It's also a challenge working my training and competition schedule around my family, school, and my regular job as a heavy machine operator.



ProSource: How did you begin? What were your first steps?

Madewell: I starting powerlifting and lifting weights at the age of 17, and I loved it. I got to meet some great powerlifters along the way. A couple years went by and something was just missing -- I wanted more. I wanted my dream, to compete in strongman events. But I had no idea where to go to start, and wondered, 'Who do I talk to?'

So I went online and simply started searching for strongman contest locations, and wouldn't you know, one popped up close to me. I couldn't believe it! So I called this well-known strongman, Orie Barnett, who lives near me, and I asked him if I could train with him. I told him of my dream to be the World's Strongest Man one day. I said, "Give me one shot." Now we're great friends and train together every day.

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ProSource: What was it like at the very beginning? Was it what you had imagined?

Madewell: My first week was great. It was actually nothing like traditional weightlifting. My training consisted of picking up big stones, pushing trucks down the alley, and flipping tractor tires. It made working out fun! I fell in love with the sport.

ProSource: How did you develop your training program?

Madewell: I created my own workout program. I keep it simple, just trying to work one or two body parts per training day.

ProSource: How did your nutritional strategy change in order to fuel the strength gains you were after?

Madewell: I had to really up my calories from carbohydrates and protein. I would eat five small meals per day, and lots of chicken and fish. I didn't ever get so meticulous as to use a food log, and I didn't measure my food, but I did keep mental track of what I was eating. I also increased the amount of water I drank daily; I always carried a gallon of water with me.

ProSource: What supplements do you rely on?

Madewell: I use Supreme Protein powder, Supreme Protein bars, pure creatine monohydrate, HMB, and a daily vitamin/mineral supplement. They all help me with my endurance, recovery and strength. The Supreme Protein powder contains the best combination of a high-quality protein blend and terrific taste that I know of. I guess that comes from the Supreme Protein bars, which I also enjoy a lot. It's amazing that the Supreme Protein people have managed to get so much whey isolate into their protein blend and still have a bar that tastes better than candy, in my opinion. I notice when I take these products, I always feel more energized for my training sessions -- I'm primed to push myself to the limit, and my body feels right and ready to go.


ProSource: What's next for you?

Madewell: I plan to continue to push myself harder, and keep striving to train heavier. By continually adding to my foundation of strength, I'll be able to take myself to the next level -- and closer to the goal I never, ever lose sight of, becoming the World's Strongest Man.


Doug Madewell's
Strongman Training Program


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DAY 1 EXERCISE
SETS
REPS/DISTANCE
Super Yoke
2
70 feet
Keg or Sand Bag Carry
5
60 feet
Squat
5
3-6
Tire Flip
3
70 feet
Crunch
1
to failure
DAY 2 EXERCISE
SETS
REPS
Axle or Log Press
3
6-8
Giant Dumbbell Press
2
10-15
Bench Press
4
5-8
Dumbbell or Cable Flye
4
10-15
Dumbbell or Barbell Shrug
5
8-10
DAY 3 EXERCISE
SETS
REPS
Crunch
1-5
to failure
Leg Raise
1-5
to failure
DAY 4 EXERCISE
SETS
REPS
Farmer's or Frame Carry
4
70 feet
Sled or Truck Pull
3
60 feet
Atlas Stone Load
5-7
1-2
Barbell or Car Deadlift
2-3
5-8
Grip-Strength Exercise
5
10
DAY 5 EXERCISE
SETS
REPS
Sprints
5
60 seconds each
Crunch
5
to failure
DAY 6 EXERCISE
SETS
REPS
Preacher Curl
4
8-10
One-Arm Dumbbell Curl
3
8-10
Cable Curl
3-4
10-15

DAY 7: Rest





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