Records & Achievements

Eighteen-year-old Evan Pittman is an elite athlete, dedicated community servant, performing violinist, and honor student.

Growing up as the son of two military parents, Evan has lived in Virginia, Florida, Iowa, Arizona, and now Providence, Rhode Island.  He has been profiled multiple times in national media, beginning at age 11, and in 2015, was the subject of a documentary on elite performance “Strings to Iron” that premiered at the AMFM Film Festival in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Evan broke a world record in his first powerlifting meet at age 10, and in 2016, became the youngest powerlifter in history to break more than 100 lifetime world powerlifting records.  With 111 world powerlifting records, and hundred of national and state records, he is the only powerlifter in history to have broken national or world records in nine different weight classes (77, 88, 97, 105, 114, 123, 132, 148, & 165 lbs.).  Evan has won 13national and eight world powerlifting titles in eight years of lifting competition.

Evan is also a two-time Amateur Athletic Union Feats of Strength (strongman) world champion and record-holder, a four-time Junior Olympic Games national combine winner, a two-time (2015 & 2016) Strength Sports National Athlete of the Year, and a past recipient of the AAU’s prestigious Joel Ferrell Award for sportsmanship.

During his three years as a varsity springboard diver at Phoenix Country Day, Evan was All-State three times, finishing sixth, fifth and third at the Arizona state championships, and also winning the Arizona Small Schools Championships as a sophomore.  He earned AAU Diving All-American status on both 1-meter and 3-meter boards at the 2017 AAU National Diving Championships, finishing 3rd and 4th, respectively;  recruited by multiple universities as a springboard diver, Evan is a member of Brown University’s Men’s Swimming and Diving team.

He is also a past 10-time state champion and five-time national medalist in the Korean martial art of taekwondo, who earned his black belt at age 12.

Evan began playing the violin for weekly church services at age 11, and by age 12 was performing for weddings and funerals, community groups, senior facilities, and military and veteran groups.  At 13, he played the national anthem for 17,000 fans at a Tampa Bay Rays pro baseball game, and launched his “Musical Outreach” campaign, formalizing his musical community service; to date, he has performed for more than 90,000 people.  In 2015, Evan established his “Lift for Heroes” fundraiser in conjunction with the Bob Woodruff Foundation, eventually raising $3500 for combat-wounded vets during his 18-month push to surpass 100 lifetime world records in powerlifting.

Evan is a graduate of Phoenix’s Valley Youth Leadership program, served as an intern with Senator John McCain’s 2016 reelection campaign, was appointed to the Arizona Governor’s Youth Commission for 2016-2017, and served as an intern in Senator Jeff Flake’s Phoenix office during summer 2017.  He is a winner of the Joe Foss Institute’s national essay contest on patriotism, recipient of the Jury Prize in French poetry at the Florida State High School French Competition, and a past National Laureate (top eight in the United States) in the National French Comprehension test.  Evan received the United States’ highest award for volunteerism, the Presidential Volunteer Service Award, twice during high school (2015 and 2016) for his volunteer efforts, and in April 2017, was selected as the City of Phoenix Outstanding Young Man of the Year.

World Powerlifting Records

111

Athlete Biography

Age: 18

Height:  5’10”

Weight: 155 lbs.

Competition squat: 425 lbs.

Competition bench press: 248 lbs.

Competition deadlift: 510 lbs.

Competition power clean: 198 lbs.

Standing long jump:  9’ 6”

40 yard sprint: 4.82

Academic/Community/Leadership/Music

  • 2017 Selected City of Phoenix Outstanding Young Man of the Year (District 6 and overall winner)
  • 2017 recipient, Ronald McDonald House scholarship (Arizona)
  • 2017 recipient, American Legion Auxiliary Children of Warriors National President’s Scholarship
  • 2017 recipient, AXA Achievement Award
  • 2017 recipient, Fisher House Foundation Scholarships for Military Children
  • 2017 Operation Homefront Military Child of the Year finalist
  • 2017 Selected for Arizona West Region Honors Orchestra
  • 2016 Awarded Presidential Volunteer Service Award
  • 2016 Selected among City of Phoenix Outstanding Young Men of the Year (District 6)
  • 2016 Selected for Arizona West Region Honors Orchestra
  • 2016 – 2017 Appointed to Arizona Governor’s Youth Commission
  • 2016 1 of 20 violinists selected from 440+ international applicants for Interlochen Academy of the Arts Summer Violin Master Class
  • 2016 Arizona Boys State selectee; Elected President of the Senate, received Americanism award for best patriotic essay
  • 2016 Valley Youth Leadership graduate
  • 2015 Awarded Presidential Volunteer Service Award
  • 2015 Operation Homefront Military Child of the Year semi-finalist
  • 2015 AAU Strength Sports Academic All-American
  • 2015 Joe Foss Institute Didi Foss National Scholarship Essay contest winner
  • 2015 Phoenix Veterans Day Parade essay contest – 2nd place
  • 2015 Phoenix VFW “Voice of Democracy” speech competition – 3rd place
  • 2015 Launched “Lift for Heroes” campaign benefitting the Bob Woodruff Foundation
  • 2015 Elected Co-president, Phoenix Country Day School Black, Caribbean and Latino club
  • 2015 1 of 20 selected nationally for USC/Chevron Frontiers of Energy STEM Summer program
  • 2015 Selected to Mt. Blanca Summer Music Conservatory, Alamosa, Colorado
  • 2015 National Anthem Phoenix Veterans Day Parade kickoff
  • 2015 Selected for Arizona West Region Honors Orchestra
  • 2015 National Anthem Arizona Diamondbacks pro baseball
  • 2014 National Anthem Phoenix Veterans Day Parade awards dinner
  • 2013 Le Grand Concours – Laureat National (National French Comprehension test – top 8 USA)
  • 2013 Florida State French Conference, Superior award
  • 2013-Current National Junior Honor Society
  • 2011-Current Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP) for advanced students
  • 2012 National Anthem Tampa Bay Rays pro baseball
  • 2012 Florida State French Conference Prix du Jury (Jury prize – French poetry)
  • 2009 Second Place, Korean Embassy national essay contest.

Athletic Recognition

  • 2017 AAU Diving All-American on 1-meter, 3-meter boards
  • 2016 AAU Strength Sports National Athlete of the Year
  • 2015 AAU Strength Sports National Athlete of the Year
  • 2015 Outstanding Youth Athlete recipient, World Indoor Feats of Strength
  • 2015 Team Captain, Jets Barbell National Team, for AAU Junior Olympics and AAU World Championships
  • 2014 AAU Joel Ferrell Award recipient, outstanding JO Games Athlete in powerlifting
  • 2014 Outstanding Youth Athlete recipient, World Indoor Feats of Strength
  • 2014-2015 Phoenix Country Day School Boys Diving MVP
  • 2013 AAU World Powerlifting Championships Best Lifter Award
  • 2013 Afghan National Olympic Committee award of excellence
  • 2012-2013 Tampa Preparatory School Most Improved Diver Award
  • 2011-2012 Tampa Preparatory School Coach’s Award
  • 2011 Selected for Torch Runner for the State Games of America, San Diego

Springboard Diving

  • 2017 AAU Diving Nationals – 3rd place 1-meter, 4th place 3-meter
  • 2017 AAU Arizona State Qualifier – 1st place 3-meter, 2nd place 1-meter, Qualified for AAU Diving Nationals
  • 2016 Arizona State Division III High School Championships — 3rd place
  • 2016 PCDS Diving Invitational – 3rd place
  • 2016 USA Diving Regionals – Qualified for Zone competition
  • 2016 USA Diving Season Opener – 2nd place 1-meter, 2nd place 3-meter
  • 2015 Arizona State Division II High School Championships – 6th place
  • 2015 PCDS Diving Invitational – 2nd place
  • 2015 Brophy High School Invitational – 5th place
  • 2015 USA Diving Cactus Invitational – 3rd place 1-meter
  • 2014 Arizona State Division II High School Championships – 5th place
  • 2014 Arizona Small Schools champion
  • 2014 PCDS Diving Invitational champion
  • 2014 AAU Arizona Marlins Summer Invitational champion
  • 2014 AAU Iowa champion (novice); JO-3rd place
  • 2014 Bettendorf Invitational champion
  • 2013 YMCA Diving Nationals – 8th place
  • 2012 Florida State High School diving championships – top 20

Powerlifting

8-time world champion, 12-time national champion with 108 world and hundreds of national and state powerlifting records in 9 weight classes, beginning at age 10.

  • 2017 AAU Junior Olympic Games champion
  • 2017 EPF National Powerlifting champion
  • 2016 WNPF World Powerlifting champion
  • 2015 WPF World Powerlifting champion
  • 2015 AAU Junior Olympic Games champion
  • 2015 U.S. Powerlifting Federation national champion
  • 2014 AAU Junior Olympic Games champion.
  • 2014 World Natural Powerlifting Federation world champion
  • 2014 Revolution Powerlifting Syndicate world champion
  • 2014 Revolution Powerlifting Syndicate Florida Record Breakers champion
  • 2013 AAU World Powerlifting champion
  • 2013 AAU Junior Olympic Games champion
  • 2012 AAU World Powerlifting champion
  • 2012 Iron Boy Powerlifting national champion
  • 2012 100% Raw Powerlifting national champion
  • 2012 Iron Boy Powerlifting North Carolina State champion
  • 2012 AAU Florida State Champion
  • 2012 AAU Junior Olympic Games champion
  • 2012 Raw United North American/Armed Forces champion
  • 2011 AAU World Powerlifting champion
  • 2011 AAU Junior Olympic Games champion
  • 2011 Raw United North American/Armed Forces Day champion
  • 2011 USAPL State Games of American (Guest Lifter)
  • 2011 USAPL Bench Press National champion
  • 2010 Raw United North American/Armed Forces Day champion
  • 2010 AAU Junior Olympic Games champion
  • 2009 AAU World Powerlifting champion
  • 2009 Raw United North American/Armed Forces Day champion
  • 2009 AAU Junior Olympic Games champion

AAU Combine/Feats of Strength 

  • 2017 AAU JO Games Combine champion and national record-holder
  • 2015 AAU World Indoor Feats of Strength champion
  • 2015 AAU JO Games Combine champion and national record-holder
  • 2015 AAU JO Games Feats of Strength champion and record-holder
  • 2014 AAU JO Games Combine champion and national record-holder
  • 2014 AAU JO Games Feats of Strength champion and record holder
  • 2014 AAU World Indoor Feats of Strength champion
  • 2013 AAU JO Games Combine champion and national record-holder

US Bobsled & Skeleton Federation

  • 2012, 2014 Skeleton driving school, Park City, Utah

Taekwondo

  • 2012 AAU Nationals – 3rd place
  • 2012 Sunshine State Games champion
  • 2012 AAU Carolinas state champion
  • 2011 AAU Junior Olympic games – 2nd place
  • 2011 Sunshine State Games champion
  • 2011 AAU Missouri Valley champion (sparring and forms)
  • 2010 – Earned Black belt
  • 2010 AAU Junior Olympic Games champion
  • 2010 Sunshine State Games champion
  • 2010 AAU Carolinas state champion
  • 2010 AAU Florida State champion
  • 2010 USA Taekwondo Florida State champion
  • 2009 AAU Junior Olympics Games champion
  • 2009 USA Taekwondo nationals – 2nd place
  • 2009 AAU Carolinas state champion
  • 2009 AAU Virginia State champion

Media Coverage

  • 2017 Featured on “Bodybuilding.com” website
  • 2016 Featured on “The Post Game” website
  • 2016 Featured on USA Today High School Sports website
  • 2016 Featured in the “Paradise Valley Independent”
  • 2016 Featured on KTAR Radio Phoenix
  • 2016 Featured in “Arcadia News”
  • 2016 Profiled KPHO Channel 3 & 5 “Good Morning Arizona” and “Varsity Zone”
  • 2015 Featured on USA Today High School Sports webpage
  • 2015 Profiled KNIX TV NBC Channel 12 Phoenix
  • 2015 Profiled in the ASU Cronkite School student documentary “Strings to Iron”
  • 2015 Profiled on the USA Bobsled & Skeleton Federation webpage
  • 2015 Featured in “Arcadia News”
  • 2014 Profiled on “The Real Winning Edge” nationally syndicated television program
  • 2013 Profiled in “The Catholic Mirror,” Des Moines, Iowa
  • 2012 Profiled in the “MacDill Thunderbolt” base newspaper, MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa
  • 2011 Photo Feature in “Powerlifting USA” magazine
  • 2011 “Sports Illustrated Kids” Sportskid of the Month
  • 2010 Profiled in the “Tampa Tribune” newspaper
  • 2010 Featured on the nationally-syndicated television show “Daytime”

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