Friday, May 21, 2010

Big Lifts-Kendrick Farris cleans 218kg

Below is Kendrick Farris cleaning 218 kg.and narrowly missing the jerk. This is world class lifting for an 85 kg lifter. Below the video clip is Kendrick's bio from the Olympic website. Following that is a clip of his performance at the 2008 Olympics where he placed the highest of any American. Early on he had a very unique and awkward looking jerk style. It was kind of somewhere in between a split and a squate jerk. It looked like he was trying to decide which to do. You can see it on the right here. He has obviously smoothed that out.
I have been to the training center in Shreveport several times over the years. Kyle Pierce, Kendrick's coach who runs the center, is a great guy and a great coach. I consider him a friend although we don't meet or correspond often. He actually applied for a job here on the Navajo reservation about 10 years or so ago then decided to stay in Shreveport. His program works mainly with inner-city kids from the Shreveport area. He has taken Kendrick and hundreds of others from the "ground up" into national and international level competitors. Kendrick is a great example of what a basic, but sound training program applied consistenly over a long period of time can accomplish. Nothing fancy, just basic exercises, variation, smart progression,(note the best lifts listed below in the bio, he is now cleaning his best front squat from less than 2 years ago) and the mind set of a warrior. More power to you!!!

U.S. Olympic Athletes : Kendrick Farris .Home: Shreveport, LA
Birthday: 7/2/1986
Weight Class: 85kg
Height: 5'7"
USA Weightlifting Club: Louisiana State University - Shreveport
Coach: Kyle Pierce
Education: Attending Louisiana State University - Shreveport
Most people don't know that... I've done stand-up comedy... I'm a father... I am a Miami Dolphins fan... I have 23 tattoos... I have an iPhone... I love Vitamin Water... I cut my own yard... and I'm a down to earth guy
Most Influential person(s) in your sporting career: My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Monica Lockett (mother) , Kyle Pierce (coach/pops) , My family & friends
Hobbies/Interests outside of weightlifting: I enjoying doing comedy, editing/producing videos, playing video games (xbox 360) , and taking showers (this is my favorite thing to do because I am away from everything and it just gives me time to really think & reflect)
Favorite Books: To Kill a Mockingbird, Uncommon, and Dreams From My Father
Favorite TV Show: Seinfeld
Favorite Music Genre: good music...doesn't matter as long as it is creative and has meaning
Favorite Food: Chef salad or Jumbo...pretty much anything my girlfriend Cooks

Olympic Teams: 2008 (Eighth)
World Championship Teams: 2009, 2007, 2006
Pan American Games Teams: 2007 (Fourth)
Pan American Championship Teams: 2008 (Fourth)
Junior World Championship Teams: 2006 (Eighth)

Personal: Farris began lifting when he was 12-years-old after his uncle, Kevin Burns, read an article in the newspaper about a weightlifting development center for young athletes. Less than 10 years after his introduction to the sport, Farris won back-to-back National titles in 2006 and 2007 en route to qualifying for his first Olympic Team. Farris set two American Records at the Olympic Games in Beijing where he placed eighth. He attributes faith in God and hard work to his success and has his sights set on climbing onto the World and Olympic podiums.

Records Held:
American Record in the Clean and Jerk:
202 kg (2008 Olympic Games)

American Record in the Total category:
362 kg (2008 Olympic Games)

Best Competition Snatch: 160 kg
Date: August 15, 2008 @ 2008 Olympic Games

Best Competition Clean & Jerk: 202 kg
Date: August 15, 2008 @ 2008 Olympic Games

Best Competition Total: 362 kg
Date: August 15, 2008 @ 2008 Olympic Games

Favorite Competition Lift: Clean & Jerk

Favorite Training Lift: Clean grip dead lift

Best Squat: 260 kg

Best Front Squat: 217 kg

Best Power Snatch Single: 142 kg

Power Clean Single: 172 kg

International Competition Best: 2008 Olympic Games


  1. The world record is 218 kg. In Beijing he C&Jed 202 to get 8th place, and now he near got 218. Quite impressive!

  2. You said that Farris placed higher than any other American lifter at Beijing in 2008 but Melanie Roach placed 6th...Just thought I'd put that out there.