With a PR of 854 lb., Bell said he was going to try for 870 or 900 lb. on the bench, over a 1000 lb. on the squat, and over 750 lb. on the deadlift.
“I’d like to be in the top five of all time in the 275-lb. weight class, and to do that I’d have to total, I believe, it’s over 2,620, so that’s the goal for today,” he said.
According to Bell, he’s been powerlifting since he was kid and actually lied about his age to get into his first competition.
“Ever since then, it’s been something I’ve been real passionate about,” he said.
To improve his game, Bell explained that he has shed fat and gained muscle.
“Since I’ve done that, I’ve been stronger and stronger at this lighter weight class,” he said.
Additional reading: Left-Coast Westside by Mark Bell, published Feb. 16, 2011.