Clifton Pho

Clifton Pho

IPF Open Classic World Championship
2024 - 66kg - 9th

IPF Junior Classic World Championship
2018 - 66kg - Bronze
2017 - 66kg - Gold
2016 - 66kg - Silver

CPU Junior Classic National Championship
2018 - 66kg - Silver
2017 - 66kg - Gold
2016 - 66kg - Gold

Best Lifts
Classic Squat - 232.5kg
Classic Bench Press - 142.5kg
Classic Deadlift - 308kg
Classic Total - 673kg

I was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. Powerlifting started for me when I walked into W-95, the home of the UAPA (University of Alberta Powerlifting Association). Meeting the athletes there and being introduced to the sport of powerlifting launched me into my first meet in 2013 (UAPA's very own Powersurge).

My biggest accomplishment was winning the 2017 IPF Junior World Championships in Minsk, Belarus; whilst setting an Open Deadlift World Record in the 66kg class as a Junior.

My own powerlifting experiences and injuries inspired me to graduate with a BSc in Kinesiology and a Doctor of Chiropractic degree. As a result, I work as both a strength coach and a rehab clinician, empowering people to get back to the things they love to do. I am also a Library Assistant, and help support those in my community.

Aside from lifting, you can catch me touching rocks, swinging racquets, and basically anything fitness related. I also enjoy a good BBQ, and host one yearly called the 'LIFTON BBQ' (you're invited).

What is your favourite lifting memory?
My favourite lifting moment has to be back at Nationals 2017 in Saguenay, Quebec. I had the itch to pull more after competing, and attempted to PR my deadlift in the warm-up room. One thing led to another and once Geno found out, everyone from the main stage started rushing to the back room to watch me attempt 300 kilos. I didn't get the lift, but it was truly a special moment that I will never forget.

What is one piece of advice you have for up and coming athletes getting into strength training or strength sport?
Play the long game and be adaptable. You don't force progress, focus on what you can control and the progress will come.

What is your favourite lift or event?
Deadlift.  Aside from the obvious reasons, I like how it's just you and the bar on the platform.

What is your favourite product and why?
13mm Belt
I was initially resistant to wearing equipment, but I have come to love the support and versatility of the belt.

What 3 other items are your go to and why?
10mm Belt
Weightlifting Knee Sleeves
Flexible Medium Wrist Wraps
I really like the 10mm belt, I just need more time with it to see if I like it better than the 13mm. I didn't think this would be on the list but weightlifting knee sleeves. It's just nice to have a sleeve that is very comfortable for when you don't need maximal support. Flexible medium wrist wraps - I have always used this type, I prefer the flexibility of the wrap, and the medium length is good for me. Bonus 4th item worth mentioning is the SBD trainer socks, they have this little lip that makes it easy to put on.

What colourway is your favourite and why?
It's always available if you need it.

Why do you believe SBD is the gear all athletes should use?
I remember buying my first pair of knee sleeves in 2016 in Regina at Nationals and I still use them to this day. SBD is made for and by powerlifters, and their products are a testament to that. I know SBD will stand by their gear just as much as they stand by their athletes.

Why do you believe in working with SBD Canada as a Sponsored Athlete?
SBD has been the leader at not only growing the sport of powerlifting but also giving back to it. They are a driving force for the explosive growth powerlifting has had. What keeps me here is the people behind SBD Canada. They are genuine, they are real athletes, and overall just nice people. To be sponsored by SBD Canada is nothing short of a blessing and an amazing opportunity.

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