Adaptive CrossFit Athlete Casey Acree Power Cleans & Jerks 270 Pounds

The four-time Adaptive Wodapalooza winner clearly had more in the tank.

A 270-pound power clean and jerk is an impressive lift for anyone who’s been training for a while, and Casey Acree did one with ease on Nov. 20, 2020. It also happens that Acree was born without part of his left arm. The co-owner and coach at Summit Systems and adaptive athlete posted an Instagram video of himself hitting a power clean and jerk of 270 pounds. Acree clarifies that this isn’t a personal record. That much is obvious. Check out the video below, and it’s clear he had more in the tank. 

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Training isn’t new to Acree. As a coach at Summit Systems, Acree — who has his Master’s degree in Exercise Science from Eastern Illinois University — works with clients to provide one-on-one nutrition and exercise consultations. Outside of work, he dominates CrossFit competitions in the Adaptive division. 

According to Acree’s profile on, he’s won Wodapalooza — a National CrossFit event — four times in the Adaptive division. Look at the Adaptive Rx Standing Men’s leaderboard on the Wodapalooza website, and Acree is still at the top of the heap in 2020. He boasts some other impressive fitness benchmarks, too. Acree finished the CrossFit WOD Fran in 2:45. He also sprinted 400 meters, completed 60 pull-ups, and back-squatted 425 pounds.  So, yeah — a 270-pound power clean is just another day at the office for Acree.


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Before getting into CrossFit, Acree played football, baseball, and ran track in high school. In 2017, he was interviewed by Herald & Review after one of his Wodapalooza wins. When asked about his goals, he responded:

“I’d love it if we can give a young kid who doesn’t think they’re going to be able to do these types of things in their life a visual and a belief that if they’re determined and they can find ways to persevere, they can do everything someone else can,” Acree said. “We’re still trying to legitimize the adaptive CrossFit competition realm, but it’s growing. The more competitions we do and the more people see us, the more the sport can grow and the more someone who may be missing a limb or have some type of issue can be inspired to get a gym membership and raise their quality of life.”

Clearly, this quote aged well. Even three years later, Acree is inspiring others with his amazing feats of strength.

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