Michael Pfabe




  • Name:  Michael Pfabe
  • Height: 6ft
  • Weight: 275-285
  • Birthdate: August 1978
  • Hometown: Canton, Ohio
  • Tell us a little about yourself:   I am husband to a very wonderful woman/mother (Kim) and very proud father (Kaiden) I’ve been lifting for over 20 years.  I started working out with my father when I was 7 and by the time I was 12 I had already joined a gym and started lifting.  I was hooked the first time I saw a picture of Arnold on one of my father’s books down in the basement gym.  
  • Why ICG:  I seriously took 2 steps into the gym and said “sign me up for a year.”  What i’ve experienced is something I did not know existed in a gym.  What ICG has given me is not just a place to train, but a supportive group of amazing lifters that I consider family, the level of camaraderie that exists in this gym is unmatched. We all come from different walks of life, all different sizes and strengths, but we all answer to the same bar. 
  • What got you into Powerlifting:  My good friend Lee encouraged me to contact the ICG and give it a shot.  3 months later I was heading to my first competition.
  • Most notable accomplishments in powerlifting:   Most recently finishing my first successful full power meet at the RPS Lexen Xtreme Summerslam. I pulled my hamstring pretty bad 5 weeks out and just barely finished the meet before it started bothering me. Nothing was going to hold me back from finishing that meet, the significance of finishing that meet outweighed anything a number, record, or placing could ever mean to me. 
  • Supplements:  Pre-Workout, Protein, Raw Vitamins/Minerals, Fish Oils and lots of Advil.
  • Favorite lift and why:  The Squat.  You never know how much something means to you till you think you have lost it forever.    In 2008 I was in an accident and tore my ACL and meniscus.  I never thought i’d be able to squat again.  Everytime I get to squat is a gift and a reminder that i’ll never take my ability to do so for granted.
  • Favorite thing to eat after weigh ins:  There is a science and art to achieving the perfect bloat, and the secret formula resides at Chipotle!
  • Favorite Lifter (outside of ICG): Konstantine Konstantinovs 
  • Biggest milestone:   Posting my first successful squat in powerlifting of 705lbs 
  • Toughest obstacle to overcome to date:  Deadlifting has been my biggest challenge that has not come easy since surgery.   Rehabbing my leg after surgery was a 2 year process and every leg training session was a painful process, the day I squatted an all time personal record was the moment I had known I had overcome a fear of not being able to be as strong as I was.   
  • Best advice you’ve ever been given:  A wise friend once told me “Listen to your body now or be forced to later.”  I realized that too often I tried to warrior through pain where I should have been taking time off and training smarter.
  • Most influential person to your lifting career:  The entire ICG team.  Without them I don’t think I could remain as consistent as opposed to training alone.
  • Anybody you would like to thank:  My wife for being such a wonderful supporter in so many ways.  And my ICG teammates for helping get to where I am and where I am going.
  • Favorite quote:  Recently i’ve just heard a good one.  “Eventually your talent is going to run out, and you’re going to have to start relying on hard work.”  
  • What do you hope to leave behind when your career is over:  No matter how many trophies or records I may collect in powerlifting, nothing will outweigh the memories and relationships i’ve created along the way.   I hope that what I set out to accomplish helps pave the path for the up and coming lifters of the ICG.  People will remember me for not just being a good lifter, but a great teammate and friend.   I’m sure some will hope I leave a path of powerlifting gear too…haha