This 89-Year-Old Powerhouse Deadlifts 405 Pounds

This 89-Year-Old Powerhouse Deadlifts 405 Pounds

Joe Stockinger has been lifting for 66 years—longer than most Muscle & Fitness readers have been alive. But even at 89, he’s showing no signs of slowing down.    

The German native first picked up a barbell in 1954, and to this day he puts up impressive weight. ESPN recently posted an Instagram video where he can be seen deadlifting 405 pounds—that’s more than two-and-a-half times his bodyweight of 147 pounds.

Check it out here:

 
 
 
 
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Joe stockinger at 89 years old weighing 147 pounds pulls 405×2, I know he was a bit tired I’ve seen him smash 3×3 many times so maybe next time. #powerlifting #fitness #bodybuilding #motivation #strength #power #strong #gym #strongman

A post shared by Donovan Lewis (@donovanlewis1976) on Dec 5, 2018 at 10:14pm PST

Unsurprisingly, Stockinger holds several world records in his age and weight class. At the 2015 100 Percent Raw Powerlifting Western Canadian Championships, he deadlifted 200kg (441 pounds), benched 85kg (187 pounds), and completed a 122.5 kg (270-pound) squat, all world records in the 85- to 89-year old 75kg (165-pound) weight class. 

His most recent feats of strength have been recorded and posted to Instagram by fellow lifter and training partner Donovan Lewis. Other motivational clips of Stockinger include him completing a 155-pound bench for reps and a 250-pound squat.

“Anyways he went heavier after this set because he ate his Wheaties this morning,” Lewis joked in one post.

 

 
 
 
 
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Joe stockinger 89 years old squatting 240-250? I don’t speak kilogram like he does 😂 anyways he went heavier after this set because he ate his Wheaties this morning #strengthisneveraweakness #powerlifting #bodybuilding #strongman #strength #health #fitness #motivation #inspiration #amazing #strong

A post shared by Donovan Lewis (@donovanlewis1976) on Jun 28, 2019 at 7:35pm PDT

 

Stockinger credits his longevity to much more than a morning bowl of cereal. Consistency, he says, is the key.

“For every disciplined effort, there is an amount of reward,” he told the Canadian Broadcasting Company in a 2012 interview. “It doesn’t matter the age, the gender, nationality … nothing. I’m working toward that.”

People dream of remaining active well into their golden years, and Stockinger is a reminder that it’s very possible to do so.

Check out a few of his other hits below:

 

 
 
 
 
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Joe pulling 425lbs for 3 sets of 3 this was his last set at 89 years old #powerlifting #strongman #bodybuilding #powerbodybuilding #fitness #strength #power #inspiration #lifegoals #keto #gym #weights

A post shared by Donovan Lewis (@donovanlewis1976) on Sep 24, 2018 at 6:45pm PDT

 
 
 
 
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Joe stockinger 89 years old building his bench back up after a shoulder pair, hitting up 155lbs for 3×3 today #fitness #strength #powerlifting #bodybuilding #strength #motivation #inspiration #strengthisneveraweakness

A post shared by Donovan Lewis (@donovanlewis1976) on Jul 12, 2019 at 10:18pm PDT

 
 
 
 
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89 years old joe stockinger is still hitting it hard, tough squat and bench day and some accessory work. #powerlifting #strongman #bodybuilding #fitness #strengthisneveraweakness #weaknessisneverastrength #health #strength #squat #benchpress #westsidebarbell #oldschool #motivation #inspiration

A post shared by Donovan Lewis (@donovanlewis1976) on May 3, 2019 at 7:20pm PDT

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