The Battle Axe Gym - Mike De La Pava

In this episode, Paul interviews Mike De La Pava. MDLP is a coach, owner of The Battle Axe Gym and a multi-sport athlete having competed in Strongman, Powerlifting, Muay Thai, Highland Games and Rugby.

In this episode, they discuss:

- Mike's trip to Norway

- Mental Hygiene

- The Champion Mindset

- Owning a Brick and Mortar Gym

- How The Battle Axe Gym was a complete fluke

and more!


Michael “MDLP” De La Pava is currently a competitive Strongman and owner of The Battle Axe Gym. Born in Miami, Florida into a Colombian household, Michael finished his schooling by attending Penn State University where he graduated with a Degree in Psychology. Having his roots in martial arts, he would go on to compete in various sports as a Muay Thai fighter, Powerlifter, and rugby player before committing himself fully to Strongman. During this time, he opened Miami’s first Strongman gym, The Battle Axe, where he currently coaches athletes from various disciplines including powerlifting, MMA fighters, Strongman, officers of multiple authorities and enlisted and active military operators. Competing in Strongman for over 6 years has given Michael the opportunity to rank as high as 15th in the nation (105kg), won Florida’s Strongest man (1st in 2014 and 2nd in 2015 in the 105kg class), lift and load a 420 pound Atlas stone, log press 335, pull 700, and most importantly, share the competitive battlefield with some of the best in the game.

To find Mike:

Instagram: @thebattleaxgym



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