Micah is an unusually strong pre-teen.
Jordan Micah is not your average 11-year-old. A young athlete may enjoy some typical childhood staples — playing video games, coming home when the street lights are on — but he throws into the mix an accomplished powerlifter. He’s no slouch and continues to demonstrate why he can be a bona fide superstar as power sports fans watch him grow.
On July 22, 2023, Mika’s Instagram account manager shared an update on her latest exploits as a 56-kilogram competitor. Mika’s clip from the 2023 USA Powerlifting (USAPL) Barbell Brigade Open includes 80 kilograms (176.3 pounds), bench pressing 42.5 kilograms (93.7 pounds), and deadlifting 90 kilograms (198.4 pounds). As per the title of the post, All top lift stats are all-time raw competition PRs for Mica. At the time of this writing, while sparkling with power milestones, it’s unclear how Mica fared in the overall competition. The same clip shows Mica receiving the medal, but the difference is not specific.
In terms of assistive equipment for his lifts, Mika didn’t need much assistance, weighing 53.4 kilograms (117.7 pounds) at the time of the competition. Micah did not wear a lifting belt or wraps for any of his top lifts. Knee sleeves for his squat were a range of his additional equipment. Micah achieved his top deadlift pull from a traditional stance while using a mixed grip. He competed beltless and raw, adding to his mystique as a rapidly developing powerlifter.
Remarkably, the athlete locked out all his nine attempts.
Here’s an overview of Micah’s performance at the 2023 USAPL Barbell Brigade Open:
Jordan Mica | 2023 USAPL Barbell Brigade Open Top Stats
- Squat – 80 kilograms (176.3 pounds) | The competition is the best of all time
- Bench press – 42.5 kilograms (93.7 pounds) | The competition is the best of all time
- Deadlift – 90 kilograms (198.4 pounds) | The competition is the best of all time
- Total – 212.5 kilograms (468.4 pounds) | The competition is the best of all time
Abhraka, whose parents chose not to train year-round, had a different approach to his pre-competition training. Micah’s competition post title dictates that the athlete spends quality time with barbells in wrestling and jiu-jitsu refining his technique. Such a “balanced” preparation process benefited Mica’s ability expectations to a personal boundary-breaking level.
Considering that Micah doesn’t strength-train year-round, it’s easy to see his ceiling as a powerlifter. For athletes of any age, the fact that they actually lift weights to demonstrate this much strength, regardless of specific periods, is the best sign of their long-term future. Time will only tell for Mica, but these are the events that usually only come from the established powerlifting star’s career.
Featured Image: jordan_mica on Instagram