This year Sorinex is excited to host professional strongman and Arnold Strongman Champion, Derek Poundstone as a featured Summerstrong Speaker.
Derek began by competing in powerlifting and progressed to become the Connecticut State Champion. He started competing in strongman after finding an advertisement for a contest on the back of a powerlifting flyer. After earning his Professional Strongman card from the ASC (American Strongman Corporation), Derek then went on to place 2nd to the current IFSA World Champion in the 2006 World Strongman Challenge contest in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Derek's return to the strongman competition circuit was the 2007 St. Patrick's Strongman contest in Columbia, South Carolina. Derek won by 13.5 points and overcame a deadlifting injury fear by completing a 364 kg (800 lb) deadlift during the competition. This victory qualified Derek to compete in the 2007 America's Strongest Man contest. Additionally, Derek received an invitation from Dr. Terry Todd to compete at the 2008 Arnold Strongman Classic, in Columbus, Ohio.