Harrison Maurus, 16 years old, continues to push the envelope in the American Youth weightlifting world. In his most recent video shared on Instagram, Maurus hits a clean & jerk of 400 lbs.

This adds him to the handful of American youth (17 and under) lifters to perform a clean & jerk with 400 lbs, including American 69kg lifter CJ Cummings. In fact, this may very well be the first time in American weightlifting history that two of the USA’s 16 year olds boast 400 pound clean & jerks at the same time.

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This clean & jerk can be added to the strong weightlifting feats Maurus has recorded this year. In October, at the IWF Youth World Championships, which took place in Penang, Malaysia, Maurus took home three silver medals in the 77kg category.

He recorded an impressive 145kg (320 lb) snatch and 176kg (388 lb) clean & jerk, earning him a 321kg total.

The important takeaway from this competition is that he missed his final clean & jerk attempt of 182kg (401 lbs). Now a month later, we’re seeing this video of him crushing the 400lb clean & jerk, and it honestly looked like he had more in the tank. 

Every year Maurus continues to build his impressive weightlifting resume, although his success can be linked to years of consistent strength training. The video below shared in 2011 showcases a young Maurus completing a successful Starting Strength style workout.

This video was shared by Kevin Simons, Maurus’ coach, whom he gives a lot of credit to for his continued success in the weightlifting world. 

In addition to the 2011 video, a video from 2013 highlights a young Maurus performing a 100kg (220 lb) clean & jerk at the age of 13.

With his strong past, we’re excited to see what the future holds for this young strength athlete.

Maurus and Cummings are two of USA Weightlifting’s most elite for their age group, and they continue to signal a bright future for the American weightlifting community.

Feature image from @teamalphasc Instagram page. 


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Jake holds a Master's in Sports Science and a Bachelor's in Exercise Science. Currently, Jake serves as one of the full time writers and editors at BarBend. He's a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has spoken at state conferences on the topics of writing in the fitness industry and building a brand. As of right now, Jake has published over 1,100 articles related to strength athletes and sports. Articles about powerlifting concepts, advanced strength & conditioning methods, and topics that sit atop a strong science foundation are Jake's bread-and-butter. On top of his personal writing, Jake edits and plans content for 15 writers and strength coaches who come from every strength sport.Prior to BarBend, Jake worked for two years as a strength and conditioning coach for hockey and lacrosse players, and was a writer at the Vitamin Shoppe's corporate office. Jake regularly competes in powerlifting in the 181 lb weight class, and considers himself a weightlifting shoe sneaker head. On the side of writing full time, Jake works as a part-time strength coach and works with clients through his personal business Concrete Athletics in Hoboken and New York City.