On Jan 17, 2013 a short documentary style clip entitled “The Strongest Man You’ve Never Heard Of: CT Fletcher” was unleashed on the world and an unlikely fitness celebrity was born. The clip detailed the amazing story of an incredibly passionate and scary black man with slightly unconventional training methodologies.
There is something refreshing about CT’s perspective which seems to rejects the modern research oriented, detail obsessed, “latest and greatest” attitude which has become so pervasive online these days. CT reminds us that in a culture obsessed with fine tuning details, we sometimes forget the big picture and become paralyzed by minutia that only produce incremental improvements.
OK look, we can’t condone CT’s bulking diet which seemed to have been quite effective until he eventually required open heart surgery.
4 Big Macs, 4 fries, 4 apple pies, 2 shakes. CT Fletcher’s lunch every day for 20 years.
And as much as we appreciate the sentiment, we can’t in good conscious sign off on his arm training philosophy:
“For a motherfucking year and a half, I trained arms every god damn day. That’s how I did it motherfucker; I worked my motherfucking ass off. Fuck your overtraining motherfuckers!”
There is one thing that cannot be questioned. CT Fletcher brings and unrivaled passion, energy, and enthusiasm to the gym that is inspiring and contagious. His hardcore attitude is a relic of better times, when men lifted weights because they had something to prove to themselves, not to their followers on Facebook.
“I wanted to stop traffic, I wanted to crack the sidewalk with every step, and I wanted to be the king of the jungle. The baddest beast on the planet. My dream was to stroll down Compton Boulevard, and be the biggest motherfucker on the boulevard!”
“Don’t look for an easy way out. Nobody wants to work hard these days. The 20 minute abs, the ten minute this, the ten minute that. FUCK THAT! Come to the gym, work your ass off. Earn it.”
- CT Fletcher is currently 54 years old and from Compton, California.
- 3-time world champion drug free bench press, 3-time strength curl world champion.
- Max Bench Press: 720 lbs. (Unofficial)
- Max Bench Press: 650 lbs. (Official)
- Max Squat: 725 lbs.