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Jean-François Caron

Date of birth 29/06/1982 Country Canada Height 1.91m (6ft 3in) Weight 155kg (342lbs)
About Jean-François Caron

Life

Jean-François Caron, of Les Hauteurs, Quebec, is the most decorated strongman Canada has ever produced. The 6’ 3” (1.91m), 342lb (155kg) former powerlifter is a 9-times World’s Strongest Man finalist and 9-times Canada’s Strongest Man.

As well as being one of the most successful strongmen in the world, Caron is also one of the most prolific, competing 20-25 times each year and amassing hundreds of contests throughout his long career.

Jean-François is a hugely respected athlete and is best known for his incredible deadlifting ability for which he holds world records, in various forms of the lift. Now into his late thirties, he seems to still be improving – at the age of 37 he recorded his best result at World’s Strongest Man, placing third at the 2020 finals in Bradenton, Florida.

Career

Caron’s consistency, throughout his long career, has been almost unmatched, especially in the modern era, where there is an abundance of talent. Jean-François has placed inside the top 6 at World’s Strongest Man every year since 2015.

Caron cut his strongman teeth competing in the Strongman Champions League and quickly established himself as Canada’s top professional strongman, winning his first national title in 2011. The Canadian title would remain in his vice-like grip for nine consecutive years.

Deadlifting has been Caron’s trademark; in his pre-strongman years, competing in powerlifting he set a world record of 390kg/850lb, unequipped, without straps, at a weight of just 130kg/280lbs. Caron currently holds the Hummer tyre deadlift world record with a staggering 542.2kg/1,202 lbs, which he set at the Shaw Classic in 2020.

Further world records have been set by the Canadian for flipping cars and giant tyres – in 2016 at the Arnold Strongman Classic he flipped a tyre weighing 612kg/1,350lb four times.

Caron has seen many strongmen rise through the ranks and then retire, but he is still competing, not for money or prestige, as he has stated, but for enjoyment, and to win!

Best Title

Despite winning more national titles than any other Canadian and taking 8 top-ten finishes in World’s Strongest Man finals, Caron’s soul podium finish in 2020 arguably remains his greatest competitive result to date.

In Bradenton, Florida, Jean-François finished just 1.5 points adrift of runner-up Tom Stoltman (GBR) and 5 points behind winner, Oleksii Novikov (UKR). Caron won the Hercules Hold, was second in the keg toss and placed third in both the Atlas Stones and the max deadlift.

 

Competition Results

  • World’s Strongest Man
    • Finals: 2012 (8th), 2014 (11th), 2015 (6th) 2016 (5th), 2017 (5th), 2018 (5th), 2019 (4th), 2020 (3rd), 2021 (5th)
    • Qualified:         2008 & 2011
  • Giants Live
    • 2021 Arnold UK: 4th place
    • 2017 World Tour Finals: 3rd  place
    • 2017 World Deadlift Championships: =1st with Konstantine Janashia (GEO) 400kg/881lb x 5 repetitions
  • Arnold Strongman Classic
    • 2018: 5th place, 2019: 10th place, 2020: 4th place, 2022: 10th place
  • Canada’s Strongest Man: Winner: 2011 – 2019
  • Brian Shaw Classic: 2021: 3rd place, 2020: runner-up
  • Rogue Invitational: 2021: 5th place
  • World Ultimate Strongman: 2021: runner-up
  • North America’s Strongest Man: Winner, 2012 & 2013
  • Força Bruta: Winner, 2022
  • Strongman Champions League: Runner-up in 2011 Semi-finals, Latvia 2011, Finals 2012 (Sarajevo) & 2013 World Cup, China

 

Best Lifts

Competition Lifts

  • Deadlift: 400kg/881lb x 5 repetitions
  • Elephant Bar Deadlift: 463kg/1,021lb
  • Hummer tyre deadlift: 542.2kg/1,202lb (world record set at the 2020 Shaw Classic)
  • Log lift: 196kg/430lb
  • Squat; 438kg/966lb (Double T squat)
  • Hercules Hold: 74.27 seconds
  • Tyre flip: 612kg/1,350lb x 4 repetition (world record)
  • Car flip: 13 turns of a VW car (world record set in 2015)

Powerlifting

  • Deadlift: 390lg/860lb (world record set in 2010 WPA contest in 140kg/308lb class – weighing in at 130kg/280lb)
  • Squat: 388kg/855lb (with wraps)
  • Bench: 230kg/507lb (raw)

Present Day

Caron is currently rehabilitating from a potentially career-ending injury sustained at the 2022 Arnold Strongman Classic, in Colombus, Ohio. He tore both quadriceps tendons as he attempted to lift a 195kg/420lb log. As he collapsed under the weight, the log fell across his knees.

As a result of the injury, which will take Jean-François one year to return to normal daily levels of activity, he has been forced to withdraw from all competitions in the foreseeable future. Whether he can return to competition remains to be seen, as at his age it, there is some doubt as the how well he will be able to heal from such significant trauma.

Media

Jean-François has a following of over 70k on his Instagram account: @jfcaronstrongman. His Facebook page: J-F Caron Strongman has also attracted 26k followers, keen to stay informed on his training and competition performances.

During the Covid pandemic, when most competitions were not running, Caron featured on WUS’s feats of strength series, streamed online, where he attempted to beat his own world record of deadlifting 400kg/881lb for more than 5 repetitions.

 

Videos of Jean-François Caron

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World’s most EPIC DEADLIFTS

World’s most EPIC DEADLIFTS
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Arnold Strongman Classic UK 2021 – Events 1 & 2

Arnold Strongman Classic UK 2021 – Events 1 & 2
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