About Pete Schenkel


Pete Schenkel is an avid weightlifter, fitness enthusiast, and founder of Powerful Lifting. His content is trusted by hundreds of thousands of weightlifters, powerlifters, and bodybuilders.

Pete Schenkel in Eden Prarie, Minnesota

“Because I was so interested in fitness, a company like Powerful Lifting made perfect sense.”

-Pete Schenkel


In 2015, I was sitting in my high school algebra class, bored out of my mind. I hated school, as many people do, and I was starting to realize that it wasn’t for me. I had wanted to own a business since I was a little kid, and decided that that was what I was going to work towards.

I looked at my interests, and fitness/weightlifting was the only thing that was truly worth it for me to pursue. So, I started building Powerful Lifting. At the time, however, it was known as “Vitu Fitness”. I know, stupid name. As you know, I eventually changed it to “Powerful Lifting”.

After I made the decision that school wasn’t for me, I kept building Powerful Lifting. At the same time, I was losing more and more motivation for school. I graduated high school, and continued working on my business.

Along with working on the site, I’m studying to become a NASM Certified Personal Trainer. It’s going to take a while and is very challenging. This being said, when I’m finished, I’ll have infinitely more knowledge about fitness, weightlifting, and the human body that I can share with you.

Now, I run Powerful Lifting full time. We’ve had our ups and downs, and I’ve almost quit a few times, but the website and business continue to grow. Going forward, I’m going to continue producing fitness content and working towards my goal of helping bodybuilders, powerlifters, weightlifters, and fitness enthusiasts achieve their goals.


NASM Certified Personal Trainer Candidate

Pete Schenkel is currently studying to become a personal trainer certified by the National Association of Sports Medicine


Pete Schenkel has been weightlifting since 2013


I grew up, and still live in Excelsior a small(ish) city in Minnesota. I’ve been interested in fitness and sports medicine since I was a little kid, so Powerful Lifting is a perfect fit! Right now, building the company is how I spend most of my free time.

I’ve been weightlifting in the gym since I was about 13, so since sometime around the 8th grade. I’ve never competed or gone to any meets, although doing so is on my bucket list. Although I’ve never gone to a competition, lifting weights has been one of my main hobbies and interests ever since I started.

I mentioned earlier that I’ve always wanted to start a business, and since I was so interested in fitness, a business like Powerful Lifting made perfect sense. Since 2015, I’ve been working almost non stop on growing the company and website.

When I’m not working on Powerful Lifting, I enjoy skiing, and traveling around the country. My favorite place to visit is Copper Mountain, Colorado, where I’ve spent countless winters. My girlfriend Emily and I are planning on moving in together soon, and I’m looking forward to the future!


  • See all 7 Wonders of the World
  • Be NASM certified for personal training
  • Own my own house
  • Buy my dream car (Audi RS7)
  • Live in Arizona
  • Learn how to play the piano
  • Become fluent in German
  • Compete in a powerlifting meet
  • Visit Tokyo
  • Marry my girlfriend
  • Open and run a gym
  • Retire early to travel with my family
  • Become a PSIA certified skiing instructor
  • Ski down Tuckerman’s Ravine in New Hampshire
  • Start and run a non-profit charity