February 21, 1969
|Residence||Valley Glen, Los Angeles, California|
|Occupation||Powerlifting, Personal trainer|
|Known for||Bench press world records|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||270 - 360 lb (122 - 163kg) active|
|Powerlifting - Bench Press|
|Representing United States|
|WPC World Bench Press Championships|
|WPO World Record Bench Bash|
|WPO Bench Bash For Cash|
|World Power Stars International Meet|
|World Power Stars|
Scot Mendelson (born February 21, 1969) is an American powerlifter, who specializes in the bench press. He has broken multiple world records and is currently the raw (unassisted) world record holder in the 308-pound weight class with 701 lb (318 kg) since 2002 and the equipped world record holder in the 275-pound class with 1,031 lb (468 kg) since 2009. He also held the all-time world record in the raw bench press, regardless of weight class with 715 lb (324 kg) for 8 years. Working as a self-employed personal trainer, he runs his own gym called F.I.T.
In his youth Scot Mendelson loved sports and played baseball and American football. Starting strength training when he reached his teens, he moved into the sport of wrestling and boxing, where he first recognized that he was getting really strong, really fast. Then he moved into bodybuilding. With his pure strength showing even more through his bodybuilding training, Scot decided to become a powerlifter.
On October 12, 2002, at 308.0 pound bodyweight Scot Mendelson bench pressed 701 lbs (318 kg) without a bench shirt in San Francisco, California (American Powerlifting Association (APF)) for an all-time raw (unassisted) world record in the heavyweight class (308 pounds), which is still the record today. He became the all-time raw world record holder regardless of weight class for the first time when he pressed 713 lbs (323.4 kg) on February 8, 2003, surpassing the previous 711 lbs-mark of Big James Henderson.
At the age of 36, improving his own world record in the raw bench press, Mendelson pressed 715.0 lbs (324.3 kg) with Ed Coan as head judge at the New England Bench Press Classic (Atlantis) on May 22, 2005. This record was not broken for 8 years until Eric Spoto bench pressed 722 lb (327.5 kg) raw in 2013.
Mendelson also held the former all-time world record in equipped bench press: On February 18, 2006 at the Fit Expo at the 2006 Iron Man Bodybuilding contest, he pressed 457.5 kg (1008.6 lbs) on his first attempt, beating the previous record by Gene Rychlak. He even attempted 1031 pounds and 1048 pounds on that same event, but failed. The event also included the APF Mendelson Bench Press Classic in Pasadena, California. The new all-time equipped world record is now held by Ryan Kennelly with a weight of 488.6 kg (1075 lbs).
Currently, Mendelson holds the World Powerlifting Congress (WPC) bench press world record with a 1025.15 lbs (465 kg) press (SHW division in Open and Masters age class), done on November 23, 2008 at the WPC World Championships in Palm Beach Gardens West Palm Beach, Florida.
Mendelson has since cut down some weight and became the current all-time equipped world record holder in the 275-pound weight class (in Open and Masters age class) besting the previous world record by 83 pounds with a 467.5 kg (1030.7 lbs) bench press on December 12, 2009 in Camarillo, California (APF).
Powerlifting Competition Records:
done in official Powerlifting meets
- Raw Bench press - 701.1 lbs (318.0 kg) @308 lb class raw with only wrist wraps and a belt (APC 2002)
- Raw Bench press - 715.0 lbs (324.3 kg) @SHW class raw with only wrist wraps and a belt (Atlantis 2005)
- Equipped Bench press - 1030.7 lbs (467.5 kg) @275 lb class (APF 2008)
- Equipped Bench press - 1025.1 lbs (465.0 kg) @SHW class (APF/WPC 2008)
Powerlifting Gym Records (unofficial):
done in the gym according to Scot himself
- Equipped Bench Press - 1201 lbs
- Squat - 900 lbs (not below parallel like a competition lift)
- Deadlift: 880 lbs
- Raw Bench Press: 650 lbs for 8 repetitions
Scot Mendelson is Jewish, and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. He is married to his wife, Maricelle, herself a World Champion Powerlifter, Kung Fu black belt and a martial arts champion. They have three children, two girls and a boy. His maternal grandfather, Morris Reif, known as the “Bronxville Bomber,” was Rocky Marciano’s stable mate and scored 75 knockouts in 115 fights.
In 2004, Mendelson was involved in a devastating car accident, that sent him to intensive care for three weeks with a fractured skull, broken ribs, broken leg and a right foot held on only by the skin. After a dozen surgeries, his right ankle was finally removed and he was left with one leg about 2 ½ inches shorter than the other. He was also left with an addiction to Vicodin. The ankle injury is also the main reason why he is unable to compete in the other powerlifting disciplines - the squat and the deadlift.
Mendelson runs his own 6,000-sq. ft. private personal training gym in Sherman Oaks called "Fitness Individualized Training" (F.I.T.), which teaches strength training and combat sports. Being a supporter for the legalization of cannabis for medical purposes since his car accident, he also opened up his own medical marijuana dispensary called "Mendica" in November 2009, which he runs together with the famous actor Eric Roberts. The "Mendica Wellness Center" combines the dispensary with the F.I.T. gym to be a one-stop shop for rehab, rebuilding, relaxation and natural pain medication.
- Progression of the bench press world record
- Ryan Kennelly
- Gene Rychlak
- Eric Spoto
- Big James Henderson
- Jim Williams
- Ted Arcidi
- Menches You Don’t Want to Mess With at jewishjournal.com
- Scot Mendelson Powerlifting statistics (incomplete) posted at en.allpowerlifting.com
- Muscle-Munch Interview with Scot - 2012
- Scot Mendelson biography at musclepowershop.com
- All-time RAW Powerlifting world records compiled and updated by PowerliftingWatch.com
- Bench Press Records compiled by criticalbench.com
- Katterle, Sean (February 2009). "Power Surge: The Bench Press - History, Records and Raw Lifts". Ironman Magazine, p. 241
- "video: Eric Spoto 722 lb World Record Raw Bench Press - Official Video". SuperTraining.TV. YouTube.com.
- Taylor, S (December 1, 2007). "APA Northwest Open". American Powerlifting Association. Retrieved February 20, 2008.
- "Champion weightlifter presses the issue of cannabis and sports" by CULTURE
- All-time Powerlifting world records compiled and updated by PowerliftingWatch.com
- Video: Scot Mendelson - World's Strongest Bench Press Powerlifter
- ALL TIME HISTORICAL MEN AND WOMEN’S POWERLIFTING WORLD RECORDS
- "Maricelle Garcia Mendelson: World's strongest Pinay" at asianjournal.com