Steve Pulcinella Interview #1
By Shukin on 12/22/2012 Back to Articles

Steve Pulcinella Interview #1 caught up with Iron Sport Gym founder, professional strongman and former world class Highland Games competitor Steve Pulcinella for a quick interview about his new book/training manual "Iron Sport Strength Method". I have a signed copy I picked up at his gym when they first came out, Steve put me through the first day of the ISSM that day and I have been running it since as a kind of case study. Steve Pulcinella is a no bullshit straight shooter, a lovable charicter with a peculiar sense of humor. We here at would like to welcome Steve with the respect he deserves.

Happy Holidays Steve, and thank you for taking the time to talk with us. First off congratulations on the publication of your book, both hard copy and eBook, how are sales going?

Thanks Shukin, and the happiest holidays to you. The sales are ok I guess, I really didn’t know what to expect so the fact that anyone at all bought it surprised me. Oh, If only my old school teachers could see me now, an actual author! Writing one book seems kind of easy, it’s writing two books that is the hard part. I don’t know how some guys write so many books. Much like my sex life, I think I’m a one and done kind of guy.

I love the “worn” look you have chosen for the cover.

I didn’t do that, my graphic artist Jennifer Sibbert from Iron and Emotion Designs did that for me. I like it because it’s old and beat up looking just like me. If I had designed it trust me it would have looked way worse as my formal art education mostly involved the medium of construction paper, dull scissors, elbow macaroni, paste and glitter.

Can you give us a brief intro into how you came up with the “Iron Sport Strength Method?”

It’s really a style of training that evolved at Iron Sport. It’s a style of training that myself and a few other strongmen over the last fifteen years have used. I have been tinkering with it and testing the best variations on myself and my training partners now for about two years and dialed it into what you see in the book.

I understand you have trained many men and women for competition using this particular method, with a high success rate?

Yeah, I think I have a 100% success rate with the system so far. It’s a tough workout but it seems to really work.

Is your method geared more towards strongman than powerlifting? How do the Highland Games work into it?

I would have to say that it is more a strongman training style but has worked really well for powerlifters as well. It would also be a great off-season strength builder for Highland games athletes, throwers and football players.

I just completed my second week of my third cycle on the ISSM and I must say I am finding the carryover to strongman much greater than other methods I have tried like 5/3/1.

5/3/1 is a great routine but seems to really be geared to a beginner and I feel that it lacks enough high percentage lifting or volume and too much deloading for most lifters. The ISSM is more for an intermediate to advanced athlete and is largely based around a lot of high percentage volume. If you aren’t used to a lot of heavy work your body will respond to my routine and within a few months you WILL be shattering your all time PR’s.

In the book you provide several pages of assistance work, what is the best way to incorporate them into your prescribed method?

I like to set up routines like this: work on your main lift first, then one heavy assistance move and then a couple lighter bodybuilding, higher rep, secondary assistance moves. Just make sure the exercise you pick as your heavy assistance addresses your particular weak point in each lift.

The eBook is available for download from your website and you can get the paperback at, is that correct?

No but close, if you want a hard copy of the book with shipping within the U.S. it can be bought direct from me at
If you want the hard copy shipped outside the U.S. go to Amazon:
If you want the E-book version you can get that from eliteFTS:

Thank you again for joining us, I hope we can talk with you again and perhaps shoot some video at your gym soon. 

By Guns on 12/22/2012 at 20:53

Great interview, but you failed to ask him about PF!

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