165 lb Powerlifter Sharif El-Kady Deadlifts 765 lbs

In the last two months we’ve seen some seriously strong pound for pound deadlifts, like Cailer Woolam pulling a 900 lb deadlift at 198 lbs, and Yury Belkin hitting 927 lbs around 227 lbs. In all honesty, the whole year of 2016 was a great year for deadlifts, so we can only hope 2017 will offer the same.

In the first few days of 2017 we’re already seeing a shred of deadlift promise. Sharif El-Kady, a 21 year old powerlifter from Canada, just shared a video of himself pulling 765 lbs at a bodyweight of 165 lbs. That’s 4.6 times his bodyweight.

He completed this deadlift in a sumo stance with a Texas deadlift bar and straps. While it wouldn’t count in an official powerlifting competition, it’s still a seriously strong pull.

In the comments section below the video, he notes that he’s hit a 540 lb deadlift in competition with a stiff bar, but he’s since gotten stronger. While his deadlift is impressive, El-Kady also has other impressive lifts in his arsenal.

In a video he shared two days ago on Instagram, El-Kady hits a 550 lb squat single wearing only a belt and SBD knee wraps. That’s 3.3 times his bodyweight.

The depth of the squat is a little questionable for competition standards, but he definitely hits parallel.

If you think the 550 lb squat depth is in question, then check out this 540 single he shared a week ago. Here he low-bar squats the weight with better depth and speed.

El-Kady’s bench is also strong. The video below has him performing a 315 lb bench press with a 4-second hold.

In the comments section someone asked if his butt was touching the bench, and El-Kady stated that, it’s just his arch and he’s never been flagged in competition.

Hopefully El-Kady can continue to put up these big lifts at his bodyweight. From the lifts we can see the future is looking bright for this young powerlifter.

Feature image from @bigbossdeadlift 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.