(born February 21, 1969) is an American powerlifter
. He is the current world record holder in the raw (unassisted) bench press
with a press at the New England Bench Press Classic on May 22nd, 2005. He also held the world record in equipped
bench press. Mendelson pressed on his first attempt at the Fit Expo at the 2006 Iron Man Bodybuilding contest on February 18, 2006. The event also included the APF Mendelson Bench Press Classic in Pasadena
. The new world record is now held by Ryan Kennelly
with a weight of 488.6 kg (1075 lbs).
Mendelson and his wife have 3 children and live in California. He now owns "Fitness Individualized Training" gym, which teaches strength training and combat sports.
On November 23, 2008, Mendelson benched at the WPC world championships in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
Mendelson cut down 2 weight classes and as of December 12, 2009 his current bench press is 1030 at 275 lbs.
Note that Mendelson has also one of the worst performance records of any lifter and frequently fails to get lifts past at meets.