Interview With Teenage Powerlifting Sensation Jordan Dunn Interviewed By Ben Tatar of CriticalBench.com - January 2008
Jordan Dunn Squats 702
1) CRITICAL BENCH: Jordan, it's great to interview a lifter that has experience winning titles in various federations. Introduce yourself to us!
Dunn: First off, thanks for the interview! It is truly a priveledge! My name is Jordan Dunn, I am 16 years old and have been lifting since I was 11 and 1/2 years old. I am a sophomore in high school, and I own multiple world and national records in the AAPF/APF AWPC/ WPC federations. My records are in the 132 lb class, and 148 lb class, as well as 165 lb class. All are in the 13-15 to 16-17 age range. The site is www.worldpowerliftingcongress.com .
2) CRITICAL BENCH: Jordan, It is great to see you dominating the powerlifting world at such a young age! It must feel great. How tall are you and what's your current weight? Share your best lifts.
Dunn: I am 5ft 5 and weigh 155 at the moment. My best lifts at a bodyweight of 153 would have to be a 702 squat, 352 bench, and a 487 deadlift.
3) CRITICAL BENCH: Those are some real impressive numbers. Have you landed any sponsors?
Dunn: As of right now, no sponsors.
4) CRITICAL BENCH: What got you started in powerlifting?
Dunn: My Dad, Butch Dunn, was a teenage world champion powerlifter when he was my age, and he was a national/ world collegiate champion powerlifter at Louisiana Tech. I'd have to say growing up around all the pictures of him lifting and the influence of reading Powerlifting USA since I was younger. That and my entire family has been very supportive of me lifting.
5) CRITICAL BENCH: How does your dad and your family feel about your powerlifting success at such a young age?
Dunn: Oh wow. Haha, my whole family is very supportive of powerlifting. Heck, it's a day to day experience in my family. My Dad is a powerlifter, I am a powerlifter, and my mom (Lisa Dunn) and little brother (Christian Dunn) are very supportive of me.
6) CRITICAL BENCH: Awesome! How did you get to be so strong, so young? Give us the "DUNN training method!"
Dunn: I stay on a pretty strict routine. In-season I workout four times a week usually as follows: Monday- explosive bench and arms+shoulders, Tuesday- explosive squats and deadlift, Thursday- Heavy Bench+ Arms +shoulders, and Friday- Heavy squats and deadlift + heavy back work and supplement work. I also make sure to take my protein before and after a workout to help build muscle, and make sure I make gains rather than wearing down my body.
7) CRITICAL BENCH: What are your future goals? Do you plan on dominating this sport after your teenage years!
Dunn: Hahaha, yes! My future goals are to lift this year in the 165lb class in the 16-17 age division, and to become 3 time AWPC World Champion, and become a world champion in the WPC. Outside this next year, I want to become one of the best powerlifters to walk the earth, and live a successful life after I graduate college.
8) CRITICAL BENCH: Knowing what you want is half the battle. What are the challenges of coming up as a powerlifter?
Dunn: I'd have to say the pressure of keeping up with school, sports, and powerlifting. It can pretty hectic at times. I still maintain a norm. GPA around 3.5 however.
9) CRITICAL BENCH: You are motivated! Do you have any training partners? How important are they to you?
Dunn: Oh yes! A ton of them. I know they would love for me to mention them so here goes; Derek Jones, Brad Bell, Butch Dunn(my Dad and coach),Jason Pleasant, Garry Frank and all lifters on Hardcore Barbell(of which I am a member) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana,and finally I have to give credit to Mark and Amanda Harris(Barbie Barbell) for their help. Thanks everyone!
10) CRITICAL BENCH: Wow, sounds like you're training with the right crew. What has been your funniest, craziest, most hardcore and favorite powerlifting moment so far?
Dunn: I'd have to say the time I squatted 702. That was pretty crazy. LOL All I really remember is all the screaming and yelling, including being really excited after getting the lift. See the video below. Either that or lifting in the APF Senior Nationals in the 148's as the youngest male to ever lift and win. That was awesome too.
Jordan Dunn Squats 702 at age 16
CRITICAL BENCH: Well, to sum up your powerlifting career so far, it has been absolutely AWESOME! Keep up the great work with powerlifting and life. We at Critical Bench wish you all the best ahead in your very bright future. Keep
us posted on how you do in 2008.