John Cena Celebrates 41st Birthday With a 160kg (352 lbs) Power Clean

Oh yes, it’s that time of year again.

It’s the time of year when WWE professional wrestler John Cena reminds everyone that age is just a number, and he’s still strong as an ox. Yesterday, Cena turned a youthful 41 years old and celebrated in the best way an athlete who loves the gym could.

To many, Cena appears strong, but how does this appearance of strength transfer to the big three and things like the Olympic lifts? Well, if you haven’t seen his prior lifting videos, then sit back and relax because you’re about to be pleasantly assured that Cena is a seriously dynamic athlete. On his Twitter account yesterday, Cena shared two videos of his lifting for his birthday celebration. The first features a 162kg (352 lb) power clean.

Was his form the absolute cleanest? Not necessarily, but damn, that’s a good amount of weight to be moved for an athlete that doesn’t focus their whole training regimen around weightlifting movements.

[Check out some of Cena’s older Olympic lifting clips where he snatches a strong 137kg (304 lbs) and cleans an easy 150kg (330 lbs)!]

In addition to his power clean, Cena also shared a deadlift video that highlights an easy 226kg (500 lb) clean grip deadlift triple. The weight is impressive, but what we think is most impressive is that Cena hook gripped it, too. Spread the joyous knowledge of hook gripping deadlifts to the masses!

In the intro, I mentioned that it’s that time of year again because this isn’t Cena’s first time celebrating his birthday with awesome strength feats. Last year, he deadlifted 272kg (602 lbs) for his 40th birthday, which was epic. If you want to watch that deadlift, check out the link above.

Inb4 “the bar is floating” jokes.

Feature image from @John_Cena Twitter 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.