Kalle Beck, age 29, 5’7” and 185 lbs. is a resident of Carmel Valley, California, owner and founder of StartingStrongman.com and the co-host of American Strongman Radio. Beck trains at Crossfit Monterey. “A veteran in the sport with dozens of competitions under his belt, Beck has gained a vast amount of knowledge on strongman training. 2012 was his break out year where he lost 35 pounds transforming his body to compete in the new 175 pound strongman class,” according to http://letkallelift.com/about/ Let’s learn more about strongman Kalle Beck!
Q: How did you discover Strongman events?
A: Found a thread by Lightweight pro strongman Brad Cardoza on a message board and found out there were weight classes!
Q: Did anyone influence you or serve as a mentor?
A: So many along the way… Evan Hansmann, Doug Carroll, Mark Sikora, and Robert Oberst have helped me a lot.
Q: What motivates you?
A: I wanted to grow up and be a superhero Just seeing how I can improve myself! What I can become I would have never dreamed when I was starting out to how much I would progress. Now what motivates me is trying to grow the sport and be an ambassador to the next generation and let them get some of the joy and life changing experience I have from this great sport.
Q: What activities do you do outside of Strongman?
A: Oh, man… My life is so entrenched in this sport now I don’t have time for much else. I enjoy being at my house relaxing as it is in the country and is such a peaceful place.
Q: How do you train now?
A: I train overhead press Monday, lower body Wednesday, bench and rows Friday, and events Saturday. I have my own training system I have developed over the years and train people online using it. You can follow my training at www.letkallelift.com or contact me there for info.
Q: What kind of advice would you give to beginners who are looking to get bigger and stronger?
A: Be consistent and patient! It took me six years to make a big change in both. Most of all have fun. Look to others for inspiration, but never hold someone in a higher light than yourself.
Q: What about nutrition? How much do you eat, grams of protein per day? Do you count grams, macros, etc.?
A: Fairly clean… Well, for a strongman about 40/40/20 on macros with about 250 grams of protein a day.
Q: Do you use supplements or do you favor solid food?
A: Of course food supplements are just that… to supplement.
Q: If you supplement, do you recommend any particular brand or specific supplements?
A: I use 360Cut products, especially their sleep formula and discount code 360sport kalle40 gets you 40% off at 360cut.com!
Q: How much sleep do you get each day?
A: Not enough… Story of my life.
Q: Do you do anything specific for injury prevention or rehab?
A: Lots of rolling, stretching, mobility work.
Q: What are your favorite Strongman events?
A: Log Press, Deadlift, Stones, Keg/Sandbag medleys.
Q: What is your overall training philosophy?
A: Build strength with the main lifts, get skilled in the competition lifts, gain muscularity and balance with accessory work. TRAIN for the competition like an athlete and have your best performance when it counts.
Q: How long have you been training seriously?
A: Eight years.
Q: What are some of the lifts you are most proud of?
A: My 600lb deadlift in competition, keg medley at WA Strongest Apple in 2012. Wheelbarrow medley at Arnold 2013, Log press at California’s Strongest Man 2012. All of my car deadlifts.
Q: What are the contests you are most proud of?
A: California’s Strongest Man 2012, Washington’s Strongest Apple 2012, Arnold World Championships 2013, 6th place.
Q: What are the three most important movements for people trying to build strength?
A: Squat, Deadlift, Push Press.
Q: What is the worst competitive experience you’ve had (injury, etc.)?
A: Wow… Dallas Europa 2012 was awful. I don’t make excuses, but it did not go as planned and Nationals 2012 as well was much of the same. I had my wife by my side at Nationals in 2013 and the Arnold in 2014 as my injuries came to a head I was in so much pain and felt like I didn’t belong but with her support I can’t consider anything a bad experience.
Q: Any shout-outs?
A: My wife Candace, most of all, Dione Wessels and American Strongman Corp., as well as my sponsors Juggernaut Training Systems, Starting Strongman, The Sox Box and 360 Cut.
Q: How can people contact you (email, social media, etc.)?