MARK HENRY, the “Lifting” Legend

Born Jarold Mark Henry (June 12 1971), the Austin Texas resident is a renowned heavyweight lifter and a retired WWE wrestler who today is still signed to WWE legend and works as a backroom producer.


By the time Mark Henry was in the fourth grade, he was 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m) and weighed 225 lb (102 kg).

His mother bought a set of weights for him when he was 10 years old.


During Henry’s freshman year at Silsbee High School, he was already able to
squat 600 lb (270 kg), which was well over school record.


As an 18-year-old high school senior, Henry was called ” the world’s strongest teenager” by the Los Angeles Times , and made it into the headlines in early 1990 for winning the National High School Powerlifting Championships and setting teenage lifting world records in the squat 832 lb (377 kg) and total 2,033 lb (922 kg).


By the time Mark Henry finished high school, he was a three-time Texas state champion with state and national records in all four powerlifting categories—the squat at 832 lb (377 kg), bench press at 525 lb (238 kg) and deadlift at 815 lb (370 kg) as well as the total at 2,033 lb (922 kg).

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At the age of 19, Henry had already managed to qualify for the weightlifting competition at the 1992 Summer Olympics, where he finished tenth in the Super- Heavyweight class.


Ten months before the 1992 Olympics, Henry had begun training with Dragomir Cioroslan, a bronze medalist at the 1984 Summer Olympics , who said that he had “never seen anyone with Mark’s raw talent”.

After the Olympics, Henry became more determined to focus on weightlifting and began competing all over the world.

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In late 1992 he took the win at the USA Weightlifting American Open and further proved his dominance on the American soil by winning not only the U.S. National Weightlifting Championships, but also the U.S. Olympic Festival Championships in 1993 and 1994.


At the 1995 Pan American Games Henry won a gold, silver and bronze medal.
Having reached the pinnacle of weightlifting on a National and continental level, he competed again in powerlifting and shocked the world by winning the ADFPA U.S. National Powerlifting Championships in 1995 with a 2314.8 lb raw Powerlifting Total.

Despite competing without supportive equipment in contrast to the other competitors, Henry managed to outclass the lifter in second place by 286 lb, defeating not only five-time IPF World Powerlifting Champion and 12 time USAPL National Powerlifting Champion Brad Gillingham, but also America’s Strongest Man of 1997 Mark Philippi.

In the process he set all-time world records in the raw deadlift at 903.9 lb (410 kg) and the squat without a squat suit at 948.0 lb (430 kg) as well as the all-time drug tested raw total at 2314.8 lb (1050 kg).

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Later that same year in October, he competed in the drug-free Powerlifting World Championships and won again, even though he trained on the powerlifts only sparingly—due his main focus still being on the two Olympic lifts. He not only become World Champion by winning the competition but also bettered his previous all-time squat world record to 953.5 lb (432.5 kg) and his all-time drug tested world record total to 2336.9 lb (1060 kg).

MARK HENRY, the WWE Legend

In 1996 Henry became the North America, Central America, Caribbean Islands (NACAC) Champion.


Other Details 

Spouse(s): Jana Perry
Children: 2

Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s): Mark Henry; Markswoggle
Billed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) [2]
Billed weight 360 lb (160 kg)
Debut September 20, 1996.
Retired October 26, 2017.

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