John Henry Davis won his first Senior World Championships when he was just 17, shocking the Weightlifting world, which had never seen him before, nor seen anyone nearly so young win such a championship. He was the first lifter in history to C&J 400 lb. officially and won two Olympic Games and six World Championships. He was undefeated nationally and internationally from 1938 to 1953.

As far as we know, there is no comprehensive database with the history of American Records available today. To address this gap. We’ve undertaken a project carried out under the direction of Frank Mintz, to compile such a history. Frank’s involvement in the sport extends back to his childhood, when he attended many weightlifting events where his father, Larry Mintz competed. Larry was one of the very few lifters ever to have won Nationals both in Weightlifting and Powerlifting.

Frank competed both in Weightlifting and Powerlifting competitions in his youth and he has maintained his involvement with the sport as a coach and a National level Weightlifting Official. He has also served as a Board member of the New York WSO (the USAW’s local governing body for weightlifting in NY State. In that capacity, Frank put together a comprehensive list of records for the WSO. Now he has agreed to undertake such a project for National Records.

This is a very big project, but we think it is a critical one – a project that will give continued recognition to all of those who managed to establish American Records and offer all fans of the sport to know their history as told by the progress of records over the years.

We’ll initially be publishing what Frank has managed to put together based on publicly available USAW records, reports in magazines and similar sources reliable sources. However, to compile a comprehensive record, we’ll need the cooperation of the Weightlifting public.
Therefore, we are inviting all of our followers to report on any records they know about which do not yet appear on Frank’s list, by letting us know what record(s) you know of, your source of information, where it was set, when it was set, the amount lifted and of course the lift in which the record was made. We’ll attempt to ratify such records and who reported it to us.

We hope that with the cooperation of many, we’ll be able to assemble a complete database of all American Records that were created.

Men’s Records
Woman’s Records