Alec Smith (Brother of CrossFit Games Champ Ben Smith) Cleans 400 Pounds

They raise kids strong in the Smith family, that’s for sure. While oldest brother Ben Smith is perhaps the most famous of the Smith brothers for winning the 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games — and standing on the podium in 2011, 2014, and 2016 — the younger family members are no slouches. Youngest brother Dane is an accomplished athlete in his own right, and middle brother Alec has built a huge social media following based off impressive gymnastic displays and big lifts.

All three Smith brothers have competed at CrossFit Regionals as individual competitors, though only Ben has made it to the Games. To be fair, he’s done exceptionally well there.

Yesterday, Alec — who competes in weightlifting, CrossFit, and GRID — hit a milestone few in fitness achieve: a 400 pound clean, we think at a bodyweight well under 200 pounds. Check out the lift below, done at the family’s CrossFit Krypton gym.

Soo, this happened today 🙈 400LB CLEAN PR!! Couldn’t have done it without the @crossfitkrypton crew. Never thought I would be anywhere near this weight when I started Crossfit. Hard work goes a long way!!

A video posted by Alec Smith (@alecsmith8) on

Alec Smith was originally a gymnast by training, and though his focus seems to have shifted to weightlifting and CrossFit, he can still dazzle with some impressive bodyweight displays.

A video posted by Alec Smith (@alecsmith8) on

Of course, there’s one more Smith family man: dad Chuck Smith hit a 600 pound deadlift earlier this in the CrossFit Games Masters Online Qualifier. So while his children are certainly impressive athletes, we like to think Chuck still reminds the kids who’s the absolute strongest in the household.

Featured image: @alecsmith8 on Instagram

David Tao

David Tao

BarBend's Co-Founder and Editorial Director, David is a veteran of the health & fitness industry, with nearly a decade of experience building and running editorial teams in the space. He also serves as a color commentator for both National and International weightlifting competitions, many through USA Weightlifting.

David graduated from Harvard University and served for several years as Editorial Director/Chief Content Officer of In addition to his work in the health & fitness industry, David has been a writer for Fortune and, as well as a contributor to, Slate, and numerous other outlets across the web and in print. He's especially passionate about the intersection of strength sports and quality, professional media coverage — overlapping interests shared by the BarBend editorial team and which drive their content strategy each and every day.

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