Josh Everett's Deadlifts

July 23, 2009 4:00 PM

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Games09BADL2.jpgOne of the heavy favorites going into the 2009 CrossFit Games was Josh Everett. Coming out of the brutal 7k hill run ranked 30th, he was ready to tackle the deadlift event. In this video from CrossFit by Overload, we get to see some of the best lifts by numerous competitors, as well as the final lifts Josh makes with ease until finally pulling 505 from the ground.

Josh Everett deadlift video ... [wmv] [mov]

38 comments on this entry.

1. CPP wrote...

July 23, 2009 4:26 PM

Josh you are my hero, you're a freakin beast. Respect.

2. Mike Molloy wrote...

July 23, 2009 4:41 PM

They should put that video of Josh in the dictionary under the definition of "adrenaline rush."

3. Kim Malz~FitMom wrote...

July 23, 2009 5:01 PM

that went up like warm butter being spread on a not so zone friendly dinner roll!

Just watching him gives me energy to go and deadlift.

July 23, 2009 5:07 PM

Dude is seriously psyched!

I think this may well be my favourite CrossFit video of all time. It just strikes a chord. Incredible to watch and lights a fire within.

Top work by Josh Everett and all the competitors within - and great video editing.

5. JO wrote...

July 23, 2009 5:21 PM

God damn this is an epic video. Josh is an absolute beast, I never knew how psyched up he got before lifts.

"GIMME THE GO!!!"

6. Mark wrote...

July 23, 2009 6:33 PM

Just curious, was sumo allowed and did anyone use it? Also, I think I saw a belt; were they allowed?

7. Potts wrote...

July 23, 2009 6:42 PM

I think Josh left to go lift cars in the parking lot. I wish they would have let them go on to see how much he could have done.

July 23, 2009 7:03 PM

That was double overhand! That man is a machine! Well done!

July 23, 2009 7:36 PM

Holy crap, didn't even notice that. That's some sick grip strength. I wish we could have seen how far he could have gone.

10. Alfie wrote...

July 23, 2009 7:49 PM

That was very impressive. Clearly not even close to what he could have done that day.

11. Q replied to comment from Mark...

July 23, 2009 7:51 PM

I don't recall seeing anyone using a sumo stance. And yes, belts were allowed.

Even if they had 50 more bars with increasing weight laid out, I still think Josh Everett would have picked them all up. Dude is a unit.

12. John Spear wrote...

July 23, 2009 7:54 PM

Watching this at the Games, I commented to my buddy that I'd never seen Josh Everett so animated when working out. It was pretty cool to watch!

13. gaucoin wrote...

July 23, 2009 8:03 PM

Wow, that was frickin' intense. Yet another great video. I was really psyched to see Josh do the sandbag hill sprint but that didn't go as planned for him. I hope he didn't use up all that gusto on the lifts!

14. Tom Brose wrote...

July 23, 2009 8:44 PM

One of my favorite videos. Josh is inspirational for sure.

15. Paul America wrote...

July 23, 2009 9:19 PM

Has anyone noticed that Josh is kind of like the Hulk version of Tom Cruise? Same face, voice, maniacal intensity. Just bigger, stronger, louder.

16. Tom wrote...

July 23, 2009 9:52 PM

Great video as usual from CF by Overload! Josh definitely showed pure intensity in this WOD. It was amazing and inspirational to witness. We actually posted a video of it just a few days ago on our blog so freaky timing! Only posting this as a different (albeit not HD quality) viewpoint of the same lift.

http://www.snoridgecrossfit.com/snoridge_crossfit_forging/2009/07/check-your-ego-at-the-door.html

17. Michael Hazboun wrote...

July 23, 2009 10:36 PM

Grrrrr. Josh lift bars. Josh Angry. Josh Smash. Grrrrr.


July 24, 2009 12:14 AM

That was the best video yet. Josh you are the best, and thank you so much for signing my "Every Second Counts" Movie. I feel like deadlifting now.

19. Dan wrote...

July 24, 2009 1:18 AM

Never seen Josh as pumped as that, that was sick to watch. Beast

20. Rudy CF Alex. wrote...

July 24, 2009 2:49 AM

21. token wrote...

July 24, 2009 4:29 AM

Look's like he's using a hook grip?

22. Braden wrote...

July 24, 2009 4:52 AM

Cool video! now i am ready to set a new pr on deads.Ill go run 7 klicks first just to make sure.

23. James wrote...

July 24, 2009 7:49 AM

JOSH my inspiration to do crossfit...He is what a crossfit should be strong, intense, humble and ........freaking beast when its time to GO!!!!!!!!!!!

24. Jason wrote...

July 24, 2009 7:51 AM

Belts were allowed...Sumo Deadlift was not....Hands had to be outside the knees.

25. John Gillis wrote...

July 24, 2009 9:17 AM

July 24, 2009 10:04 AM

I second the Tom Cruise likeness. I've always thought that.

27. Steve M wrote...

July 24, 2009 10:47 AM

I'm not really sure why they keep showing the deadlift....it was one of the biggest jokes of the games...I can remember a handful of guys who didn't even need to get that pumped up...I think i remember Lance Mosley, Scott Lewis, Rob Orlando, David Lipson etc, lifting the last 505, making a call on their cell phones, eating a sandwich going for a walk wile the 505 was still in their hands and then asking the judge, so when is this whole deadlift challenge going to begin???....

28. Nick replied to comment from Steve M...

July 24, 2009 11:42 AM

I don't think anybody who was at the Games or pays attention thinks it was the best example of programming ever, but I do think that the intensity Everett shows is motivating to people who look up to him as a role model in the world of Crossfit. Despite anybody's opinion to the contrary, Everett is one of the original ambassadors of this "sport," and videos of him getting amped up and pulling big weights will always be motivating and relevant, despite the presence of other athletes who pulled 505 with a smile on their face (Mosely, Thiel, Perryman)

29. BossDon wrote...

July 24, 2009 11:46 AM

Lol Steve that's hilarious. The deadlift in my opinion was basically a counter for the run though, in other words people who did very well on the run didn't do as well on the DL, and vice versa. People that did well on both are pretty much what the competition was looking for. This determined the true elite athletes, thus giving us a true all around champion who had both endurance and strength. Think of all the events, they all tested a competitor in a different way which is why the champ was truly deserving. Mikko didn't excell at one thing specifically but excelled specifically at everything; that's what crossfit is all about. BTW don't forget Jerome Perryman on those DL's he's a monster, would've loved to see how high him or mosely could've gone.

30. Josh fan wrote...

July 24, 2009 11:52 AM


Josh is awesome. He's pretty cute too. ^..^

31. nick w wrote...

July 24, 2009 2:09 PM

Great vid,

Hey Josh, if you're reading this - from your perspective, how did you go in the Games? Clearly, you didn't qualify from the first day, which was a disappointment to many of us, including me and I'm sure to you too.

I guess I'm interested in where you thought you performed to your potential and where you could have done better.

By the way, good on you as a human to show up on the second day and to support & coach the competitors in the barn. That shows a lot about your true character - congratulations

32. scott Stevens replied to comment from Potts...

July 24, 2009 3:04 PM

He was headed to the back where they were hiding all the heavy bars.

33. Tyson Weems wrote...

July 24, 2009 8:00 PM

Ace Ventura: like a glove. Josh Everett: like a hinge. That was a fun video. I want to find a gym where that kind of intensity is encouraged. More affiliates in Maine, please.

34. josh everett wrote...

July 25, 2009 7:38 AM

Hi Nick
how i think I did event by event at the games:
run: very good. since the 07 crossfit games I've only run over a mile 3x... thiose were 3 times running the hill loop by my house you saw in "Every sec counts".. not sure of the distance but it takes me under 12min.

DL: earned 1 point which was my goal

snadbag run: dropped the sandbags... I was counting on a top 5 finish here and I got 64th!

Sledgehammer wod: went as expected..i knew this one would kill me, I was happy to complete the workout before the cut off time

sn & wallball: about as expected... high rep squats kill me

before the event I had set a goal of staying under 75 pts... the run put my behind schedule as I wanted to be under 25 there. I ran as well as i could the competition was really good. overall except for the sandbag I had a decent day.

35. nick w wrote...

July 25, 2009 2:19 PM

Hi Josh,

thanks for answering the question.

Yes, I remember an article from a while ago saying you were still at 50 secs for 400m (which is super impressive - I was 51 secs at high school but can't break 60 20 years later) so I was surprised by your placing in the sandbag run. That explaing is but gee, that's bad luck.

I can only imagine what the sledgehammer one was like. That one would have damaged my soul I think.

either way, congrats on all your achievements and thanks for being so open & available to me and others in the CF community

good on you Josh

July 25, 2009 10:04 PM

Josh,
Your the man and I hope your going to make another run at the games next year! This was by far the most motivating crossfit video I have watched in a while.

37. Alex Europa wrote...

August 10, 2009 6:43 PM

Josh, strong work! I remember standing there with Chuck C. watching your sandbags tumble to the ground and thinking (and probably yelling), "OH NO!"

Boz, those logs look freakin' sweet! You're the man!

- Alex

38. DANNY LAU wrote...

October 19, 2009 12:52 PM

hELLO Josh,
Just wanted to say that your the man.
Your skills and strength and mental toughness are phenom but
it's your character that really sets you apart.
My team and I watched "every second counts" this past weekend
after training and doing a WOD and you were everyones fav.
We all got back up afterwards, went to the garage and did
"GRACE" for you and all the other Crossfitters out there cuz we were so inspired!

Danny