A local high school sophomore recently set national and world powerlifting records while winning the United States Powerlifting Federation national championship in Las Vegas.
Evan Pittman, a Phoenix Country Day School sophomore, set eight national and six world powerlifting records in the 16-17 year-old age group and Men’s Open 148 lb. weight divisions. By winning the national title, Mr. Pittman qualified to represent the U.S. at the World Powerlifting Federation World Championships in Chihuahua, Mexico later this year, according to a press release.
Mr. Pittman lifted 336 lbs. in the squat, bench-pressed 204 lbs., and deadlifted 385 lbs. to win his national titles. He has been competing in powerlifting since the age of 10, with six world championships and 89 world records to his credit, and he has set the goal to become the only powerlifter in history to set 100 world powerlifting records before graduating high school, according to the release.
Although only a teenager, Mr. Pittman has already received numerous strength sports accolades. In 2014, he was awarded the Amateur Athletic Union Joel Ferrell Award as the top powerlifter at the Junior Olympic Games in Des Moines.
He has also received the Best Lifter award at the world championships, best youth athlete award at the World Feats of Strength Championships, and is a two-time Junior Olympics combine age-group winner. Mr. Pittman is also a varsity springboard diver at PCDS.
In addition to athletics, Mr. Pittman is also a performing violinist, according to the release. Earlier this year, the 16-year-old played the national anthem for the Arizona Diamondbacks first exhibition game of the season at Chase Field, and he was also recently profiled in an Arizona State University Walter Cronkite School of Journalism student documentary entitled “Strings to Steel,” featuring both his music and his quest to become the youngest lifter to reach 100 world records.
You can visit Mr. Pittman’s website at http://worldsstrongestviolinist.com.