Kendrick Farris Squats 550 lbs for 10 Reps, Makes Us Winded Just Watching

Kendrick Farris is a two-time Olympian and a bit of a social media celebrity in the sport of weightlifting, so if you haven’t seen the video below just yet, it’s time to catch up.


(250kgs 550lbs) x 10 (PR) All praises be to The Most High forever

Posted by Kendrick Yahcob Farris on Tuesday, March 15, 2016

This isn’t the first time Farris – now a 94 kilo lifter, formerly an 85 kilo lifter – has posted some ridiculous squat numbers. The founder of and 2008 & 2012 Olympian is still in the running for a weightlifting spot in Rio, though that will depend on his performance in upcoming qualifiers and whether the United States is able to earn even a single men’s spot.

Our favorite part of the post, though, was Kendrick’s reminder to everyone that progress is to be celebrated despite your ability level. When a fan on Facebook commented that Farris’ squatting made their own look less impressive, he was quick to silence those sorts of comparisons:

Kendrick Farris PR Comment

We’re not tripping on this one, but that doesn’t make Kendrick’s squatting any less impressive.

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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