John Cena Celebrates His 40th Birthday With a 602 Pound Deadlift

Most people celebrate their birthdays by partying and going out, but not John Cena. He celebrated his birthday in fashion by proving, once again, that he’s a strength athlete through and through. We now have another documented heavy Cena lift to add to his powerlifting resume.

To celebrate his 40th birthday, Cena took to Twitter posting a video of a 602 lb deadlift. His tweet stated, “Bringing in 40 with 602. Never let age define drive. #EarnTheDay #NeverGiveUp

I think everyone can agree that Cena definitely earned the day, aka his birthday. If you’re a Cena fan already, then you know that lifting heavy is nothing new for this WWE wrestler. In fact, we wrote an article a couple months ago speculating about how Cena would fair in a powerlifting meet. Let’s just say, he would definitely be very competitive at local meets.

Luckily for us, we’ve seen more impressive lifting videos from Cena this April than most of his professional wrestling career. Some of our favorites are attached below, which include more Cena heavy deadlifts and even Olympic lifting. Check out the video he shared on April 17th pulling 260kg (572 lbs) for an easy single.

Video from @JohnCena Twitter page. 

He’s already gained a lot of attention for his static strength, but another impressive feature of Cena’s lifting is his power and weightlifting mechanics. A lot of strength athletes are always shocked to see how good Cena’s Olympic lifting form is. 

Check out the video below from April 9th where Cena cleans 140kg (308 lbs). We honestly think he could have caught it in a power clean, but we’ll save that argument is for another time.

Video from @JohnCena Twitter page. 

For being a larger guy who doesn’t focus on weightlifting full-time, Cena has an impressive amount of mobility and mechanics. His triple extension is good and he’s patient with the bar. Granted, he does need a little work on his wrist mobility.

All we can is that we hope Cena continues to share lifting videos as frequently as he has been. It’s not everyday you get to see floating weightlifting equipment.

Feature image screenshot from @apex_pack 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.