19 Year Old Ashton Rouska Deadlifts 765 lbs

We’ve seen a fair share of strong teenagers in the last few months, so it’s only fitting we take the time to add Ashton Rouska to the list. Rouska is only 19 years old and has already built an impressive powerlifting resume.

Yesterday Rouska shared a huge deadlift milestone most may never hit, and that’s the eight plate pull (765 lbs). His pure excitement and joy after finishing the lift make the video.

A video posted by Ashton Rouska (@ashh117) on

In the video description Rouska writes, “Huge lifetime milestone. Felt there was a little more there. I told myself I’d accomplish this before 20, and by God’s continuing grace, the support of my brothers and sisters, and by sheer willpower, I will ascend to further heights.”

It would appear he’s hit his goal and smoked his lifetime milestone before leaving the teenage years behind.

Ashton Rouska competes in the -83kg and most recently the -93kg weight class. At the USA Powerlifting Raw Nationals in October of 2016, Rouska placed fourth (behind Norris, Ricks, and McClain) in the Raw Open division. He claimed first in the Raw Teen 3 division.

His final lifts were a 290kg (638 lb) squat, 175kg (384 lb), 327.5kg (720.5 lb), which gave him a 792.5 (1,743.5 lb) total.

Rouska’s best meet to date was at the Southern Regional Championships this past December. This meet he put up a ridiculous 900kg (1,980 lb) total. He finished with a 342.5kg (753.5 lb) squat, 220kg (484 lb) bench press, and 337.5kg (742.5 lb) deadlift.

A video posted by Ashton Rouska (@ashh117) on

A week ago USAPL posted their top 20 Raw Powerlifters of 2016 and Rouska was ranked 12th. In addition, he was also chosen to compete in June in the junior 205 lb weight class for the United States at the IPF Open Classic Powerlifting Championships in Minsk, Belarus.

At the young age of 19 it appears the sky’s the limit for this teen powerlifter. It’s going to be exciting to watch the new numbers Rouska is able to reach in 2017 and his return to the IPF stage in June.

Feature image from @ashh117 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.