Evan Pittman 500 lbs deadlift on the third attempt tonight, finishing up EPF powerlifting nationals in Providence. American records and 9 for 9 on the day, plus winning multiple national titles and receiving the Judges' Award for above and beyond performance. #recordswillfall #JetsBB #UG #JetsBarbell #Unbreakablegear #CPGFit
Posted by JustHal Pittman on Saturday, April 29, 2017
World’s Strongest Violinist Evan Pittman made powerlifting history again on Saturday, becoming the first powerlifter to break records in nine weight classes while smashing state and American records at the Elite Powerlifting Federation national championships in Providence, Rhode Island. It was Pittman’s 12 national championship, and first time competing in the 148-165 lbs. class. He squatted 410 lbs., bench pressed 245 lbs., and deadlifted 500 lbs. for an 1155 lbs. total – breaking American and Arizona state records and increasing his total by 40 lbs. over his winning world record total at 148 lbs. at the November WNPF world championships in New Jersey. Pittman also received the “Judges’ Award” from the Elite Powerlifting Federation as the inspirational athlete who went ‘above and beyond’ expectations in delivering a great performance for the several hundred spectators in attendance.
In a meet that lasted 13 hours in the cavernous Oceanstate Gym in Johnston, Rhode Island, the Arizona high school student sipped protein drinks, listened to music, talked with other competitors, and took advantage of the crisp New England weather outside by periodically walking around to cool off. During a grueling competition day that might have been exhausting for other competitors, Pittman took advantage of the longer meet format to recover between maximum effort attempts, ultimately completing all nine lifts — nine-for-nine — with all white lights from judges throughout the competition.
“Today was exhausting but exhilarating,” Pittman said afterwards. “I hit all my lifts after a very short four-week training cycle, which was a challenge, and deadlifted 500 for the first time in competition. The other competitors were positive, the Oceanstate Gym environment was rowdy and intense, and we are in Providence, where I will be attending college at Brown University in the Fall – What’s not to like? This was my first meet with the EPF, and I’ll definitely compete with them again in the future.”
Pittman made powerlifting history in 2016, becoming the youngest powerlifter to break more than 100 world records in competition; over more than 30 meets, he has broken state, American and world records at meets sanctioned by the the Amateur Athletic Union, 100% Raw Powerlifting, United States Powerlifting Federation, World Powerlifting Federation, World Natural Powerlifting Federation (WNPF), Revolution Powerlifting Syndicate (RPS), Raw United Powerlifting, USA Powerlifting and now the Elite Powerlifting Federation.
In addition to powerlifting, Pittman holds records in AAU Strongman competition and the combine, and will join the Brown University varsity springboard diving team in the Fall as a recruited athlete. He is also a two-time recipient of America’s highest award for volunteerism, the Presidential Volunteer Service Award, and earlier this month was recognized as the City of Phoenix 2017 Outstanding Young Man of the Year.