Poland’s Mariusz Pudzianowski doesn’t look like your average strongman.
Most, as you may have already noticed, don’t have six-packs like Mariusz does, nor do they possess his symmetry or strength.
Nicknamed “The Dominator,” Mariusz won the title of World’s Strongest Man in 2002, ’03 and ’05, and he captured the IFSA Strongman Super Series in 2004.
His superior, bodybuilderlike physique is a testament to his work ethic – Mariusz trains five days a week for anywhere from 3-6 hours.
He uses core lifts like squats, deadlifts and military presses in addition to his strongman event training, and his cardio regimen often includes karate, jumping rope and swimming multiple times a week.
Genetics could have something to do with those abs, though. And yes, I have seen Mariusz Pudzianowski in person, those freaky abs are not Photoshopped.
Take it from Mariusz Pudzianowski
On staying injury-free: “The reasons I’ve never injured myself are probably because my reps are smooth, not explosive, and because I work so hard on conditioning.
I do lots of swimming, three or four times a week, jump rope every day, and I run a lot, even while carrying heavy resistance: I grab a 200-pound bag of sand and run back and forth with It.”
On his superior genetics: “My physique comes from family genetics. My father was a weightlifter who doubled his weight in the snatch and the clean and jerk, and my 21-year-old brother Christian, who weighs 200 pounds, already deadlifts 660.”
On his diet: “My energy comes from my diet. Breakfast is 10 eggs and 2-3 pounds of bacon. Between meals, I eat lots of candy…I need it for energy. Lunch, at 1 or 2 p.m., is a double meal of a Polish pork chop, sauerkraut and potatoes.
An hour later, I work out, then take lots of supplements: magnesium, creatine, amino acids, all that stuff, and more chocolate.
Dinner is whatever meat I can get: steaks, pork chops, bacon, plus more sauerkraut and potatoes. [After I work out] I have a protein shake and more chocolate.” [source]