Olympic Weightlifting Elite Profile
Kendrick Farris placed 8th at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, setting the American Record in both the Clean & Jerk and Total. He is a 7-time National Champion and considered a frontrunner to end up on the podium for the 2012 Games.He is currently competing in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
Weight: 185 lbs
Place of Residence: Shreveport, LA
% Body Fat: 6.5%
Training Facility: USA Weightlifting Training Center – Shreveport, LA
Coach/Trainer: Kyle Pierce
Kendrick Farris Stats
Bench: 330 lbs
Squat: 605 lbs
Snatch: 352 lbs
Power Clean: 378 lbs
Clean & Jerk: 447 lbs
Kendrick began Olympic Weighlifting 12 years ago at the prompting of his uncle. Michael Jordan and Muhammad Ali inspired him to become an athlete, and he continues to be inspired today by Ray Lewis, Dwayne Wade, Kyle Pierce (his coach), and his mother, Monica Lockett. D-Wade’s passion and love for the game drives him to be the best in his sport. His favorite charity is Give Kids the World, based in Orlando, FL. He become involved in the charity because of his wife, who is a huge supporter. She went to Orlando and volunteered and has been an avid supporter ever since. They just threw a Christmas Charity Party at her clothing store and all proceeds went to Give Kids the World. They are planning to start their own charity this year to help give inner city kids the same chance Kendrick was given.
Best advice ever given to him: Set goals and achieve them
Best advice for others: Believe in yourself and be proactive
Kendrick Farris on Supplements
I take protein daily as part of my fuel intake. As an athlete your body needs to recover after a hard work out. My workouts work every part of my body, so it is very important I have a good recovery regimen.
8th – 2008 Olympic Games: 160kg (352 lbs) snatch, 202kg (345 lbs) clean & jerk, 362kg (798 lbs) total – American Records in Clean & Jerk and Total
8th – 2006 Junior World Championships
12th – 2009 Senior World Championships
3 Junior World Teams
4 Senior World Teams
2010 Pan American Championships: 3 Golds – Snatch, Clean & Jerk, and Total – American Record Clean & Jerk of 203kg (447 lbs)
2010 Clean & Jerk – Clean International & World Record of 218kg (480 lbs)
He 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. The 24-year-old juggles being a father to his four-year-old son Khalil with his quest for a clean and jerk World Record – a feat that he has come even closer to with practice lifts that are within eight kilograms of the World Record.
tattoo – Kendrick has 23 tattoos. 2 large tats on each forearm.
Personal: He 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. The 24-year-old juggles being a father to his five-year-old son Khalil with his quest for a clean and jerk World Record – a feat that he has come even closer to with practice lifts that are within eight kilograms of the World Record.
U.S. Olympic Athlete
Home: Shreveport, La.
Weight Class: 85kg
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…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 and friends
Hobbies/Interests outside of weightlifting: I enjoying doing comedy, editing/producing videos, playing video games (xbox 360) , and brainstorming )
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 Wife Cooks. He went vegan before the 2016 Olympic Games.
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