Scott Wallace, age 39, is a 6’2”, 295 lbs. resident of Chilliwack, BC, Canada. He is a Correctional Officer for Correctional Services Canada. The Cheam Center in Chilliwack (as well as his garage) serves as the training center for this Strongman competitor. Let’s learn more about Strongman Scott Wallace!
Q: How did you discover Strongman events?
A: Ten years ago when I played semi-pro football in Edmonton, Alberta, I had a couple teammates that competed in strongman and I did some training with them but had never competed. It was then through a good friend and strongman James Scott that I realized this was something I wanted to do at some point.
Q: Did anyone influence you or serve as a mentor?
A: My biggest influence is my wife Carrie who dared me to start competing after I had told her that it was something I have always thought about doing but never did. As for a mentor, I would say my longtime friend James Scott, who did compete years ago, helped me understand what it takes to be a strongman. I also have to say that fellow strongman Brian Way started training with me right after I met him at my first competition and he first helped me a lot in learning the techniques and understanding the events.
Q: What motivates you?
A: The fear of being average and I hate to lose.
Q: How do you train now?
A: I currently train primarily for strongman but with a powerlifting concept. My training on average looks like this. I use the Wendler 5/3/1 method for all my main strength building lifts. I train 5 days a week in the gym, broken up like this:
Day one: Squats and leg accessory work
Day two: Log Press/Overhead]
Day three: Deadlift and back accessory work
Day four: Axle Press/Overhead
Day five: Core and other accessory work (chest, triceps and biceps)
Day six: Events training, this will consist of what events are at an upcoming competition.
Q: What kind of advice would you give to beginners who are looking to get bigger and stronger?
A: You have to be willing to make sacrifices. You need to train hard, heavy and often. Your diet has to be good and consistent. You have to understand that from this day forward you will be sore and tired, but if you want to truly achieve your goals you have to be willing to go through it and – no matter what – keep working hard.
Q: What about nutrition? How much do you eat, grams of protein per day? Do you count grams, macros, etc.?
A: I try to eat clean, and hit 5,000 or so calories/day. My wife is a holistic nutritionist so takes care of all the meal prep and keeps me eating what I need to eat to stay strong and maintain my weight. Protein, I will try to get 200-250 or so grams/day. Beef and chicken are my main meat sources and then it’s eggs, quality fruits and vegetables. I also try to reduce high amounts of gluten in my diet as well.
Q: Do you use supplements or do you favor solid food?
A: I use a combination of them and I find that due to food costs this is a good way to ensure that I get what I need each day.
Q: If you supplement, do you recommend any particular brand or specific supplements?
A: Brand wise, it’s personal choice. I tend to mix it up. As for supplements, I use a mass gainer protein, a pre-workout, a BCAA intra workout, glutamine, creatine and then multi-vitamins.
Q: How much sleep do you get each day?
A: Not enough! I try to get 6-8 hours if possible.
Q: Do you do anything specific for injury prevention or rehab?
A: My training partner, Matt Jensen, is a personal trainer and has some physio/rehab training and he has done wonders for me in the rehab process of my quad and hamstring tear. I also get a massage prior to every competition and some chiropractic work done as well.
Q: What are your favorite events?
A: Log Press, Truck Pull and Atlas Stones.
Q: What is your overall training philosophy?
A: Train hard, lift heavy, be intense, stay focused and never back down!
Q: How long have you been training seriously?
A: Since 2012 I have been training 5-6 days a week, all heavy and all strongman-related.
Q: What are some of the lifts you are most proud of?
A: Two lifts that I am very proud of and worked hard to achieve are my 300 lbs. log clean and press and my 300 lbs. axle clean and press. (I wrote a strength article on my journey to a 300 lbs. press.) Also, the first time I hit a raw 600 lbs. squat and raw 700 lbs. deadlift are two major accomplishments I am very proud of.
Q: What are the contests you are most proud of?
A: My 2013 First Place Finish (National’s qualifier) at Washington’s Strongest Apple. My 2012 Fifth Place at Vancouver Men’s Show (this was my first competition). And competing at the 2013 NAS Nationals to compete with the nation’s best was an honor.
Q: What are your current PR’s and can you list your competition history?
Squat – 605lbs
Bench – 410lbs
Trap-Bar Lift – 810lbs
Deadlift – 700lbs
Overhead Press – 335lbs
Current Strongman PR’s:
Log Clean & Press – 315lbs
Circus DB – 175lbs
Atlas Stone – 370lbs
Axle Clean & Press – 310lbs
Yolk Carry – 800lbs
Frame Carry – 800lbs
Sled Drag – 700lbs
Keg Clean & Press – 250lbs
Framers Carry – 370lbs/Hand
Wheel Barrow – 1000+lbs
June: BCEA – Vancouver Men’s Show – 5th Place HW
July: BCEA – BC’s Strongest Man – 3rd Place HW
September: BCEA – Kamloops Strongest Man – 2nd Place HW
June: NAS – Washington’s Strongest Apple – 1st Place 265-300lb HW Division and 1st Overall HW
July: BCEA – BC’s Strongest Man – 4th Place HW
August: BCEA – Battle of the Beasts – 2nd Place HW
October: NAS – North American Nationals – 11th Place 265-300lb HW Division and 60th Overall
February: NAS – RAB Fitness Strongman – 1st Place 265-300lb HW Division and 3rd Overall HW
Q: What are the three most important movements for people trying to build strength?
A: For Strongman, the most important strength movements are the squat, deadlift and overhead press... done heavy and often.
Q: What is the worst competitive experience you’ve had (injury, etc.)?
A: Without a doubt two things; number one, my performance at NAS Nationals in 2013 was very disappointing, however I learnt from it and the experience gained will benefit me in the future. Second was an injury I had recently suffered; this was a partial quad and hamstring tear at the same time. The good thing was that through a great supplement plan and diet plan along with constant physio, massage and continued training, I was able to heal and get back to regular training in five weeks.
Q: Any shout-outs?
A: My Wife Carrie! Without her there is no Scott Wallace Strongman, my training partner and physio wizard, Matt Jensen, and my friend and strongman training partner, Brian Way.
Q: How can people contact you (email, social media, etc.)?
A: My email is [email protected]
My facebook page is Scott Wallace – Strongman. https://www.facebook.com/ScottWallaceStrongmanCompetitor?ref=br_tf
Twitter is @wallacestrength
I also have a YouTube channel at Scott Wallace – BC Strongman. https://www.youtube.com/user/swallace93
Scott, thank you for the interview. I wish you continued success in Strongman!