Mike grew up in Westminster, Maryland where athletics defined his life from an early age! Playing football, soccer, basketball and lacrosse throughout his younger years he focused on football, basketball and lacrosse at South Carroll High School playing 3 years of Varsity for each of those teams. During his senior year he earned Consensus First Team All State on the offensive line which was good enough to earn his a spot in Baltimore Touchdown Club All-Star Game and the Super 44, Maryland vs. Virginia, All Star Game.
Following his prep career Mike took his talents to Kent State in Ohio to play football. After his freshman year he transfered to James Madison where he lettered for 4 years on the offensive line, winning a National Championship in 2004. After college Mike was lucky enough to have a brief career in the professional ranks, playing fullback/linebacker for the Georgia Force of the Arena League.
Being someone who was not happy just going to the gym to workout Mike had to find a new sport to train for. In the summer of 2007 Mike took up the sport of strongman, winning Maryland’s Strongest Man with only 1 month of training. That fall Mike took 6th out of over 70 athletes in his second show, Amateur Nationals. From the fall of 2007 through March 2010 Mike was at the top of the amatuer ranks on the cusp of turning pro.
In March 2010 Mike’s career took off, winning the Amatuer World Championships at the Arnold Classic beating over 70 athletes from around the planet! That win earned Mike pro status and a coveted spot in the Pro Arnold Classic the following year which is 10 handpicked strength athletes from around the world gunning to be the strongest man on the planet!
Leading up to that show Mike finished 2nd at both Pro Nationals and America’s Strongest Man, losing only to perennial World’s Strongest Man competitors Travis Ortmayer and Derek Poundstone respectively. Mike shocked the world at the Pro Arnold in March of 2011 finishing 2nd behind only Brian Shaw, beating 6 time Arnold winner and 2 times defending World’s Strongest Man Zydrunas Savivkus! In the summer of 2011 Mike earned his ticket to World’s Strongest Man by flying across the Atlantic and finishing 2nd at a Giants Live in Poland. This September Mike made the finals at World’s Strongest Man, which is the top 10 strongmen in the world, and was in 4th place before withdrawing due to injury…
As of April 2012, Mike Jenkins is internationally recognized as the World’s Strongest Man, as evidenced by his win at the 2012 Arnold Strongman Classic. During the March event, he set three World Records: Austrian Oak pressed 459 for 2 reps, Circus Dumbell 255lbs 7 reps in 90 seconds, Frame Carry up a 35 foot ramp 440 kilos in 7.42 seconds.
A week after that performance, he went to Australia where he won the Giants Live at the Melbourne FitX to qualify for 2012 World’s Strongest Man where he officially set a World Record in the Hip Lift with 1150 kilos and won 5 of 6 events.
A week after that, he married the woman of his dreams, so needless to say it’s been a good 2012 so far…
Stay tuned for America’s Strongest Man in July!