Mark Felix

Mark Felix (born 17 April 1966)[1] is a Grenadian-English strongman competitor and regular entrant to the World's Strongest Man competition. He has won numerous international grip contests, including the Rolling Thunder World Championships in 2008 and 2009, as well as the Vice Grip Viking Challenge in 2011 and 2012.

Mark Felix
Mark Felix.jpg
Personal information
Born (1966-04-17) 17 April 1966 (age 54)
St. George's, Grenada
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight140 kg (310 lb)
Sport
SportStrongman
Competition record
Strongman
Representing  United Kingdom
World's Strongest Man
Qualified 2004 World's Strongest Man
4th 2006 World's Strongest Man
7th 2007 World's Strongest Man
Qualified 2008 World's Strongest Man
Qualified 2009 World's Strongest Man
Qualified 2010 World's Strongest Man
Qualified 2011 World's Strongest Man
Qualified 2013 World's Strongest Man
Qualified 2014 World's Strongest Man
8th 2015 World's Strongest Man
Qualified 2016 World's Strongest Man
Qualified 2017 World's Strongest Man
Qualified 2018 World's Strongest Man
Qualified 2019 World's Strongest Man
Qualified 2020 World's Strongest Man
Arnold Strongman Classic
6th 2011
6th 2013
Giants Live
2nd 2009 Poland
3rd 2010 London
4th 2011 London
3rd 2011 Ukraine
8th 2019 Wembley
World Strongman Federation
7th 2012
3rd 2012 WSF World Cup Uzbekistan
1st 2016 WSF World Cup'
IFSA World Team Championships
3rd 2005 IFSA World Team Championships
Jón Páll Sigmarsson Classic
3rd 2010
All-American Strongman Challenge
2nd 2010
3rd 2011
8th 2012
Rolling Thunder
Champion Rolling Thunder 2008
Champion Rolling Thunder 2009
Vice Grip Viking Challenge
Champion 2011
Champion 2012
WSM Super Series
3rd 2007 Mohegan Sun Grand Prix
Europe's Strongest Man
4th 2008 Europe's Strongest Man
3rd 2010 Europe's Strongest Man
3rd 2015 Europe's Strongest Man
7rd 2016 Europe's Strongest Man
5th 2017 Europe's Strongest Man
8th 2018 Europe's Strongest Man
7th 2019 Europe's Strongest Man
7th 2020 Europe's Strongest Man
Other Grand Prix & International Contests
2nd 2008 Ukraine Strongman Grand Prix
WSM Tour Final
10th 2018
4th 2019
Representing  England
Britain's Strongest Man
2nd 2006 Britain's Strongest Man
2nd 2007 Britain's Strongest Man
3rd 2008 Britain's Strongest Man
3rd 2013 Britain's Strongest Man
2nd 2015 Britain's Strongest Man
2nd 2016 Britain's Strongest Man
5th 2017 Britain's Strongest Man
7th 2018 Britain's Strongest Man
8th 2019 Britain's Strongest Man
8th 2020 Britain's Strongest Man
UK's Strongest Man
2nd 2020 UK's Strongest Man
IFSA British Championships
1st IFSA British Championships 2005
England's Strongest Man
3rd England's Strongest Man 2004
IFSA England's Strongest Man
2nd IFSA England's Strongest Man 2005
Representing  Grenada
8th 2004 World's Strongest Man
4th 2006 World's Strongest Man
Ultimate Strongman Masters
2nd 2018 Ultimate Strongman MastersWorld Championship
5th 2019 Ultimate Strongman Masters World Championship
During the Europe's Strongest Man 2009 contest.

Early lifeEdit

Mark Felix was born in 1966 in St. George's, Grenada. At the age of 23 he moved to Great Harwood, Lancashire, England.[2] He was a dedicated body builder and turned his attention to strongman competitions in 2003 at the age of 37, comparatively late in relation to other strength athletes.[2]

Strongman careerEdit

Felix turned pro as a strongman within a year when the IFSA Strongman Federation was launched in 2004.[3]

Felix came third in England's Strongest Man in 2004, and in 2005 he went on to come second to Eddy Elwood in the IFSA version of England's Strongest Man (England's Strongest Man (IFSA)). This led him to the IFSA British Championships which he won in 2005. Of the five events, Felix won three (Deadlift, Farmer's Walk and Atlas Stones).[3] Aftwerwards Felix credited his victory to "Big hands, big heart"[3]

In 2005, Felix was invited to compete in the IFSA World Open in Sao Paulo, Brazil which was a qualifier for the 2005 IFSA Strongman World Championships later in the year, but he failed to finish in the top four and did not qualify for the IFSA World Championships.

Felix also competed in the IFSA World Team Championships in 2005 as a part of Team World as a representative of Grenada, the team placed third overall.

In 2006 Felix placed second in the Britain's Strongest Man competition and this led to a place in the 2006 World's Strongest Man in which he placed fourth in the finals.[2] In 2007 he repeated his second-place finish in Britain's Strongest Man and finished seventh in the 2007 World's Strongest Man. In the same year he also finished third in the Strongman Super Series 2007 Mohegan Sun Grand Prix.

In 2008 he came fourth in Europe's Strongest Man[2] and went on to finish third in Britain's Strongest Man, qualifying him for a third successive WSM appearance.[2] Felix has said "Every year I gain more experience and learn more about what I am capable of."[2] In 2017, Felix underwent an operation for a torn bicep.[4]

 
Felix competing at Giants Live 2009

Rolling Thunder/GripEdit

Felix won the inaugural 2008 Rolling Thunder World Championships which took place during the 2008 Fortissimus contest in Canada. He also set a new world record with a lift of 301 lb.

In June 2009, Felix successfully defended his Rolling Thunder World Championships title.[5]

Felix won the inaugural 2011 Vice Grip Viking Challenge[6] which took place on 29–30 January 2011 at the LA Fitexpo.

Felix retained his Vice Grip title by winning the 2012 Vice Grip Viking Challenge, he also set a world record in the Captains of Crush "COC" Silver Bullet event (holding a suspended weight from within the handles of a Captains of Crush no. 3 gripper) with a time of 43.25 seconds.[7]

Felix set a new Rolling Thunder world record at the 2012 Bodypower Expo in Birmingham, England with a lift of 323.5 pounds (146.7 kg), more than 20 lbs. heavier than his previous world record of 301 pounds (137 kg).[8]

Felix set a new world record in the Hercules Hold event at Giants live Manchester 2019 with a time of 87.52 seconds[9].

Felix set a new world record in the Dinnie Stone hold, at the 2020 Arnold Strongman Classic with a time of 31.40 seconds.

Personal recordsEdit

done in the gym

done in competition

StrongmanEdit

done in official Strongman competition

  • Hummer Tire Strongman Deadlift (with straps) – 1,128 lb (512 kg) with straps (Arnold Strongman Classic 2013)[12]
  • Hercules Hold - 92.37 seconds (World Record, Europe's Strongest Man 2020)[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Mark Felix - World's Strongest Man". theworldsstrongestman.com. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Rishton man is Britain's third strongest". Lancashire Telegraph. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "20 June 2005 IFSA Strongman Press Release" (PDF). ifsastrongman.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 November 2008. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Quick Fixes Don't Last – Fireside with Mark Felix". 24 July 2017.
  5. ^ "Mark Felix Wins the 2009 IronMind Rolling Thunder® World Championships". www.ironmind.com. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Grip Contest at FitExpo Crushes the Competition".
  7. ^ "Mark Felix Wins the Visegrip Viking Challenge".
  8. ^ "Mark Felix Demolishes Rolling Thunder World Record".
  9. ^ https://giants-live.com/news/world-tour-finals-2019-full-results-and-round-up
  10. ^ Jeff Williams (10 August 2008). "Mark Felix 405k Deadlift". Retrieved 12 October 2018 – via YouTube.
  11. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVRvAsJKf6Y
  12. ^ Josh Bobrowsky (2 March 2013). "World Record Deadlift 1128 pounds- World's Strongest man". Retrieved 12 October 2018 – via YouTube.
  13. ^ https://www.giants-live.com/news/esm2020-results