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World Fitness Champion

World Fitness Champion

Rob Powell always says, “It’s not how many times you get knocked down. It’s how fast you get up and get back into the fight until you win!” This is something Rob learned at age 12 when he was in a serious ranching accident. This caused his first ambulance ride, to his first hospital, where he was diagnosed as a cripple and told that he would never walk right again. He was also told he would never be an athlete, or ever have a normal life. Those that believed these doctors could not have been more wrong.

Today, 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:
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 Weight
(Upper Body Only: Bench Press, Seated Row, Lat Pull, Curls, Triceps Extension
30,000 pound minimum of each discipline)

Completed in: 22:11:40, 19:17:38, 18:36:15, and 17:45:03.
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. Reports say Guiness has since abandoned these rules and only held Rob Powell to these rules and standards. This is one of the reasons Rob broke away from Guinness. 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.

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 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, and I appreciate the accolades, but how did they measure all of that?” He also added. “Praise like that paints a target on your back for the petty with easily bruised egos, the weak, and the weak minded.”

The critics, fans, and the media agree that, as they put it. “Rob Powell is not Jordan, James, Ruth, Brady, Bolt or Phelps, or any other great athlete in their particular field. However, Rob was a very successful athlete in these same sports, as well as a very successful coach in these sports, and other sports. In other words, Rob can do what they do, but they cannot do what Rob does. Even if these athletes combined forces and split up the events in a relay race against Rob, they still couldn’t beat him in a head-to-head competition, them vs. him. That shut the door on the “World’s Greatest Athlete” argument, and they swept it under the rug hoping no one would notice, and no one has for the most part.

For the record, the only thing Rob Powell ever claimed to be is “a beat up ‘ol cowboy”. The MEDIA has named Rob, “The World’s Greatest Athlete” and all the other accolades, not Rob.

Rob’s former tech guy said it best, when he said. “If they don’t like Rob being the world’s greatest athlete, and all the other titles he has earned. Let them go break his world records over and over again, four years in a row like he did. Let them do it without lying about it and cheating, like others have been caught at, if they’re man enough. Then they can break over 150 records in sports, fitness and martial arts like he did. If they can’t, then they can shut the hell up and treat Rob with the respect and honor that he deserves and has earned.” Rob gets asked about it often, so if you want to know where it began, Rob’s biography is here.

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 accomplishments 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? Rob couldn’t care less. That’s not what any of this was about. It was about teaching the public how to train properly, get people back in shape, and live a richer, fuller life.

Rob’s 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 and creating a revolutionary training system was the best way to do this. So, he did it.

These records and accomplishments and the Sport Rob Powell created, The World Fitness Championship have set in motion today’s much lesser and safer spartan-obstacle course races and multi-sport crossfit competitions. Corporations stole these revolutionary ideas and accomplishments from him, for now. They claim, with millions of dollars and a team of lawyers backing them, his new sport was changed enough to make their theft, “legal”. And for now, they have gotten away with it. For now.

Rob 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 everyone. 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. Neither does having 1 State Title, 2 Regional Titles, 20 District Titles, 5 City Titles and 2 Bowl Game Wins as a Coach.

As a coach and teacher, working with our young people, Rob helps them with fitness, and a good education which helps them make good choices and decisions in their lives. Rob has coached jr. high, high school, college and professional athletes in several sports. Rob has dedicated his life to these endeavors and helping people. That is all any of this and all the records have ever been about.

Rob further proved this by all the charity work he has done over the years raising money for various diseases, including homeless shelters, battered women’s shelters, cancer, breast cancer, crippled children, wounded warriors and animal rescue shelters.
In doing so, Rob risked his life and his personal finances numerous times, to save and help others in need.

Rob set up this website to avoid talking to the media. He is retired from competition and is still asked for interviews. He refuses because they only want to talk about what a “freak of nature” he is or call him “a real X man mutant”, “a real-life Walker Texas Ranger”, or backhand complement as some sort of superhuman or superhero.

All that is ridiculous and made up. He is none of those things. It is said there has even been talk and a draft done on a comic book based on real events. When asked for interviews, he politely declines and says every question they could ask is already answered on this site.

MMA, self-defense and fighting, Rob despises violence, but he knows very well how to defend himself and those under his protection. See MMA Page for more information. For many years MMA fighters and specifically law enforcement officers and military elite 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 his credentials and the proven best training programs in history. The training he gave them will help keep them safe in service to our towns, cities, communities, counties, state and our country. When asked about the rumor of Rob being a mercenary, he said he couldn’t confirm such rumors, but he certainly could deny them. Rob created fitness competitions because no one has to get hurt, and it is a better way to see whom the best man is, other than a fight to the death.

Rob said one good thing about retiring from competition is it’s easier to hide from who you were as a professional athlete. So now that he is an older guy, it’s okay to forgive him for being called, “The World’s Fittest Man”, “The World’s Greatest Athlete”, “The World’s Toughest Man” and all the other accolades he has been named. None of it was his doing, the media did it all.

In short, Rob is fine with you not being a fan of his work. He doesn’t need or want your approval. His accomplishments are not your failures. It’s all just something he did to prove he knew how to help people, a lot of people. So, he did it, and he is still helping a lot of people. Rob wants to share his information with those that want to be fit for a lifetime. 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 and law enforcement in 2022.
If you can find him, he rarely, takes on clients for personal training, coaching and martial arts instruction in person. Currently, he helps the public with fitness and nutrition and personal training online. You can email: for his help. $20 per session or $80 for a 7 day week.