Rob is known internationally as the 4 Time WFC World Champion, 4 Time WFC/Guinness World Record Holder, and the
4 Time World Fitness Champion from 2001-2004. No one has legitimately come close to these physically and mentally tough performances setting the standard as the uncontested and irrefutable World’s Toughest Sport. Rob Powell has over 150 Course and World Records involving Fitness, Running, Cycling, Swimming, Rowing, Climbing, Hiking, Triathlons, Weightlifting, Calisthenics, Track and Field, and Martial Arts. He also has over 1,000 Wins as an athlete and coach. The Guinness World Records he shattered, and the Sport he created THE WFC World Fitness Championships measures Pure Power by testing an athletes Speed, Strength, Endurance, and Quickness. These Events Include…. (BTW, please read this entire page, including Rob Powell’s response to all this. This is the only place that has ever allowed Rob’s response to be printed and reply to what international media has printed.)
- 1) 2 Mile Swim
- 2) 12 Mile Run
- 3) 12 Mile Hike
- 4) 1,250 Push Ups
- 5) 1,250 Leg Lifts
- 6) 1,250 Jumping Jacks
- 7) 110 Mile Cycle
- 8) 20 Mile Row
- 9) 20 Mile Elliptical
- 10) 3,250 Abdominal Crunches
- 11) Lift 300,000 Pounds of Weights
See Guinness WR Page, and WFC Page for more information.
All the events were witnessed by dozens of people, including nine WFC and Guinness Certified Officials. Every second was videotaped, capturing each and every discipline event by event, mile by mile, and lift by lift. Rob was asked by Guinness to record and write the rules that he used. These rules and events remain the Standard for Fitness, the Standard for the WFC World Records, and Guinness World Record’s 2001-2002 Physical Fitness Challenge.
THE WFC or other credible organizations will not recognize any attempt not following the Rules & Standards set by Rob Powell. No one would refuse to follow these Rules and Standards, unless they had something to hide. See Events and Rules on WFC WR and Guinness WR pages for more information.
These records and accomplishments and the Sport Rob Powell created, The World Fitness Championship, have set in motion today’s much lesser and safer events of multi-sport races and crossfit competitions.
For many years law enforcement officers, military elite and MMA fighters have sought out Coach Powell in gyms, fitness centers and even public schools for martial arts training, and proper conditioning. Why wouldn’t they with these credentials and the proven best training programs in history. Rob has also coached jr. high, high school, college and professional athletes in several sports.
Media outlets internationally have called Rob Powell “The World’s Fittest Man”, (a title once held by Martial Artist Bruce Lee), “The World’s Toughest Man”, “The World’s Best Athlete”, “The World’s Greatest Athlete” and “Pound for Pound The Strongest Athlete and Fighter In History”, as well as “The Best Conditioning Coach and Personal Trainer on the planet”. When asked about this, Rob laughed at it all, and said. “Very flattering, but how did they measure all of that? The only thing all these world records are good for is to inspire jealousy, intimidation and hatred.
(Please read this second half where Rob finally gets to reply to all the media comments, that was spoken, but never printed, except here.)
Comments and praise like that from the media doesn’t win friends or admirers. It makes the people who are not called those things insecure and intimidated. I didn’t ask to be called those things and I didn’t make those claims, the media does. I don’t think in those terms, nor can I control the international media. The media often makes outrageous and ridiculous claims like those to build someone up only to tear them down at a later point. That is the job of the media, to create controversy and sell it. I pay no attention to their stories and neither should you. If you want to know who I am and where it began, my biography is here.
I set up this website to avoid talking to the media. I have been retired from competition for years and I am still asked for interviews.
I refuse because they only want to talk about what a ‘freak of nature’ I am, or call me a ‘real mutant’ , a ‘real life Walker Texas Ranger’ or backhand complement as some sort of superhero. That’s silly and made up. I am none of these things. It is said there has even been talk and a draft done on a comic book based on real events.
When asked for an interview, I politely decline and say every question they could ask is already answered on this site. The problem is they have already written the article before coming to interview me about some freak of nature. Then, they ask me the strangest and stupidest questions, to twist my words, misquote me, and/or take things out of context to create answers to match their made up story. When I refuse, to give them the answers they want, or words they can not twist, they print the fake story anyway and turn it into a ‘hate piece’.
I am more than willing to do an interview about the health and fitness crisis in America and the solutions to that problem. And that is the only question I have never been asked. The only reason I broke all these records was to prove I could help with these problems.
To quote the media, ‘World Records don’t say you’re the best in the World, they say you’re the best in the History of the World.’ The WFC and other credible world record organizations, record these competitions as the greatest athletic performance in history, irrefutably and without question. They also say that makes this person the best athlete in history. Does it? I don’t know and I couldn’t care less. That’s not what any of this was about.
As for the self defense and fighting, I despise violence. I do know how, and I teach those that ask for and need my help to defend themselves and those under their protection from attackers, only. That’s it and that’s all. I created fitness competitions because no one has to get hurt, and it is a better way to see whom is the best man, other than a fight to the death.
When you have multiple world record success, you have multiple intimidation, jealousy and hatred problems. Those are real human emotions. People never like or celebrate you for these types of records and accomplishments. I have been severely punished for them once they were found out. I’ve been socially ostracized by strangers, friends, family and coworkers. No, it’s not fair, but it is a reality of human nature. At times every man, woman and child wants to beat me at something, or beat me with something. It’s just something I’ve had to deal with since 2001.
One good thing about retiring from competition and father time beating the hell out of me, as he does us all, you get older, fatter and uglier. This makes it easier to hide from who you were as a younger athlete. So now that I’m an older guy, it’s acceptable to forgive me for being called, ‘The World’s Fittest Man’, ‘The World’s Greatest Athlete’, ‘The World’s Toughest Man’ and all the other accolades I’ve been named. None of it was my doing, the media did it all. So you should have always directed your anger at them.
For the record, the only thing I ever called myself and have ever claimed to be, is a beat up ol’ cowboy, that just wants to help people. I proved this by all the charity work I have done over the years raising money for various diseases, including cancer, breast cancer, crippled children, wounded warriors and animal rescue. In doing so, I risked my life and personal finances numerous times.
If you still dislike me for all my records and, if you believe you’re able, you can follow the same rules I followed, and break the world records for yourself. Then, you can keep on breaking world records for the next four years in a row, until you have broken over 150 records. Then, you can try to explain to the public and strangers that the hate is not necessary because your accomplishments had nothing to do with them personally. Then try to explain to them your records had nothing to do with them at all. (Good luck with all that, you will be bucking centuries of human ego.) Then, if your accomplishments made them feel intimidated and insecure and they take it out on you and negatively attacked your reputation. (Believe me, that really happens. I hope you enjoy that treatment better than I have.) Then, you too can be harassed by the media and be ostracized by your friends, family and coworkers for inadvertently making them feel intimidated based on their own insecurities, pettiness and hatefulness. Then, and only then, you can experience what I have since 2001 and see how you like it. In short, I’m fine with you not being a fan of my work. I don’t need or want your approval. But all the hate, ostracizing and pettiness is unnecessary and not deserved. My accomplishments are not your failures. Its just something I did to prove I know how to help people, a lot of people, and I did, and I still am helping them.
None of this was ever about me, it was about teaching the public how to train properly, get America back in shape, and live a richer, fuller life. My only goal was to help people. If you make extraordinary claims about the best way to train, get in shape, fight obesity and heart disease for a lifetime, they require extraordinary proof. Breaking the WFC, Guinness and all credible world records four times in a row, annually, setting over 150 records in the process, creating a new sport, (they’re now calling it the cross fit games), spin-off sports, (calling those, ocr, spartan races, ect) and creating a revolutionary training system was the best way to do this. So, I did it.
Corporations stole these revolutionary accomplishments from me. They claim my new sport was changed enough to make their theft, ‘legal’. For now, they have gotten away with it. But the fight is not over yet.
When I trained law enforcement and military elite they found me, and asked me for help. The life they save may be yours, or our loved ones. The training I gave them was to help keep them safe in service to our towns, cities, communities, counties, state and our country. Teaching and coaching our young people help them with fitness, and a good education which helps them make good choices and good decisions later in their lives.
I developed The WFC Workout because being in good physical condition helps people live a longer, healthier, happier and more productive lives. This training program also helps athletes become the best they can possibly be. It doesn’t matter if the athlete is jr. high, jr. college, a professional athlete in a major sport or the gym going public. The WFC Workout works for them all. Over 150 records in sports, fitness and martial arts proves it without question. Having over 1,000 wins as an athlete and a coach doesn’t hurt the proof either. I have dedicated my life to these endeavors and that is all any of this and all the world records have ever been about.
All I want to do now before my time is done is to share this information and teach it to younger athletes, coaches, and the public.
I believe that is all any good man would want to do with the gifts that God gave him.”
Rob Powell retired from competition in 2012, and from training military/law enforcement in 2015. If you can find him and if he’ll take you, he still does personal training, private coaching and teaches martial arts. He also teaches and coaches, if you can find him, and if he believes the school and community is a good fit.
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