C T Fletcher: The Strongest Man You’ve Never Heard Of
During another seemingly pointless and soul destroying hour long YouTube video binge, I had the serendipity to click on a link teasingly entitled:
The Strongest Man You’ve Never Heard Of: C T Fletcher
While expecting to find yet another misleading title – and yet another video of pixelated tits and arse – what followed changed my outlook on bodybuilding forever.
* Disclaimer: if you find vulgar language to be offensive, please fuck off.
Fletcher On Fletcher
While sharing surnames, the similarities between C T Fletcher and I end there.
He’s 5”11, I’m 6”1.
He’s 256lbs, I’m 198lbs.
He’s a 54-year-old man living in the Mecca of bodybuilding: Long Beach, California.
I’m straight outta the bustling metropolis of Totternhoe, England, which isn’t known for anything (apart from some shitty quarry).
An Internet Sensation
C T Fletcher burst onto the scene in February 2013 with his YouTube videos going viral. Instantly.
His background – combined with his no-nonsense attitude to bodybuilding, likeable personality, and penchant for profanity – have helped this bodybuilding personality to secure small-scale fame in a short amount of time.
Strict Curl Champion
Learning about all his accomplishments – ‘drug-free’ (to be discussed later) – I wondered why I hadn’t heard about him before.
After all, his resumé includes:
3 x World Strict-Curl Champion.
3 x World Strict-Curl World Record Holder (225lbs) – a record that still stands today.
NB: Strict curl dictates that your head, back and arse must be in contact with a wall at all times during the movement. Fletcher claims to lift over 300lbs without the wall.
Making Of The Man
Fletcher grew up in a house in Compton where religion ruled supreme.
His super strict Pentecostal preacher father would routinely “beat the fuck” out of him in his spare time.
One thing he did gain through his strict upbringing, however, was a mental toughness and focus that enabled him to excel in bodybuilding.
He was also instilled with the arrogance of a love child between Kanye West and David Haye.
Surprisingly, though, it seemed no-one wanted to smash his head off.
This may be because he’s fucking HUGE.
As an illustration of this boisterous arrogance, at a World Champ competition, C T Fletcher announced to the entire crowd of Super Heavyweights:
“Which one of you motherfuckers is coming in second? Because all you motherfuckers know that I’m winning this shit!”
Later he explained that “this was my attitude in 1992 when I thought I was the best on the planet.”
You may well question Dr Dre’s credentials as a medical practitioner, but you’d never question CT Fletcher as a strict curler.
He’d beat the fuck out of you, for one.
The C T Fletcher Diet – A Recipe For Disaster
What I find most unbelievable about C T Fletcher was his diet.
You would think that a world champion would have a meticulously detailed diet.
This is FAR from the truth.
He would eat anything and everything “in order to be the biggest, baddest motherfucker on planet earth.”
He goes on, “I wanted to stop traffic, I wanted to crack the sidewalk with every step”.
His lunch consisted of the same meal every day for 20 years:
4 Big Macs, 4 fries, 2 shakes and 4 apple pies.
But as a six time world champ, did it matter?
The answer is yes, a hundred times yes…
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Open Heart Surgery
All those ‘McCloggin’ burgers led to emergency open heart surgery.
Yet, despite technically dying on the operating table three times and requiring 24 hour care, he refuses to give up bodybuilding.
In 2013 he’s back, he’s bigger, he’s stronger.
Aand he’s going to attempt to beat his 24-year-old strict curl world record.
Whether or not C T Fletcher is ‘drug-free’ is another question altogether.
Having spent hours speaking to industry professionals about this, I’ve come to the conclusion that at some point he must have taken steroids.
I mean, just look at him.
Yet he still protests his innocence, citing the sheer quantity of cheeseburgers as his substitute for steroids:
“I would eat those cheeseburgers, because I thought I needed it in order to keep up my size. Instead of taking steroids I would eat. I would over-eat and eat anything.”
It’s Still Your Motherfucking Set!
One of the main aims of his videos is to motivate/bully ordinary people to get off their arses and lift weights instead of watching TV.
I like that.
His mantra of ‘do what you can’ emphasises discipline.
He doesn’t care if you have one arm with no hand, you can still strap a weight to your stump and move it up and down.
Juiced or not, it’s hard to get away from how charismatic he is about his sport, so I’ll leave you with a final taste of C T Fletcher.
“I hate complainers, I hate criers. If I can come in here with a metal valve implanted in my chest, taking 10 different medicines just to stay alive every day to do my work out, you have no excuses. So no matter what – your nose bleeds, it’s that time of the month, the kids are crying, you don’t feel like it, your back hurts, you’ve got aches and pains, it’s STILL your motherfucking set!”
For more of this aggressively motivational rhetoric, you can follow C T Fletcher on Twitter.
But be warned. His persistent use of caps lock is more annoying than motivational.
I expect he probably he hit the caps lock button so hard the first time that it fucked his keyboard up permanently.
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