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. 

Jake Boly

Jake Boly

Jake holds a Master's in Sports Science and a Bachelor's in Exercise Science. Currently, Jake serves as the Fitness and Training Editor 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.

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Prior to BarBend, Jake worked for two years as a strength and conditioning coach for hockey and lacrosse players, and a personal trainer the three years before that, and most recently he was the content writer at The Vitamin Shoppe's corporate office.

Jake competes in powerlifting in the 181 lb weight class, and considers himself a professional knee rehabber after tearing his quad squatting in 2017. 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 New York City.

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