Arnold Sports Festival 2020: Disabled Strongman World Record One Armed Deadlift holder Mike Diehl

Arnold Sports Festival 2020 Disabled Strongman One Arm Deadlift World Record holder, Mike Diehl
Disabled Strongman One Arm Deadlift World Record holder, Mike Diehl: Arnold Sports Festival 2020

Where are you from?

Franklin, Ohio.

Tell me what you just did.

I just broke my own world record in the one arm deadlift. The old-world record was 451 pounds. I just broke it by 11 pounds-462 pounds.

Disabled Strongman One Arm Deadlift World Record holder, Mike Diehl, Arnold Sports Festival 2020
Disabled Strongman One Arm Deadlift World Record holder, Mike Diehl: Arnold Sports Festival 2020

Tell me about the event and how you got started.

This is considered Strongman. I used to be a football player and a powerlifter before I lost my arm.  I met James Spurgin and he got me into Strongman. I owe a lot of the credit to James because he pushes me really hard. He won the event today. I took second.

What do you eat?

I stand at 6 foot 3 inches. I weigh 290 pounds. I eat about 8,000 calories a day. I eat at least 600 grams of protein a day and 600 grams of carbs a day.

Can you eat chocolate?

I can eat whatever I want.

How do you train?

As far as deadlift goes, I do a lot of five by fives. Five sets of 5 reps at 80 percent of my one rep max. My accessory work is body building movements and muscle isolation. I focus mainly on overhead press, squats, power cleans and deadlift.

Disabled Strongman One Arm Deadlift World Record holder, Mike Diehl
Arnold Sports Festival 2020
Disabled Strongman One Arm Deadlift World Record holder, Mike Diehl:
Arnold Sports Festival 2020

Is there anything that I should have asked you but didn’t.

I used to be a firefighter. I lost my arm on an on-duty accident.

Disabled Strongman One Arm Deadlift World Record holder, Mike Diehl, Arnold Sports Festival 2020
Disabled Strongman One Arm Deadlift World Record holder, Mike Diehl, Arnold Sports Festival 2020