Aleksey Torokhtiy Hits 255kg Power Jerk in CrossFit Games Vendor Village

Call him a perfectionist, because 245kg was simple not enough. Just a couple weeks after hitting well over 500 pounds on the power jerk in training, 2012 Olympic gold medalist (105kg) Aleksey Torokhtiy bested his recent PR by 10 kilos — and he did so in the vendor village at the 2016 Reebok CrossFit Games.

Yes, Torokhtiy is technically retired, but he stays in amazing shape while also providing an insane amount of free coaching content and advice to the international weightlifting community. Below is a video of Torokhtiy’s full session, which occurred in one of the demo rigs in the Rogue Fitness booth.

Is his 255 kilogram/561 pound lift the heaviest power jerk of all time — at least, heaviest recorded on video?

David Tao

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BarBend's Co-Founder and Editorial Director, David is a veteran of the health & fitness industry, with nearly a decade of experience building and running editorial teams in the space. He also serves as a color commentator for both National and International weightlifting competitions, many through USA Weightlifting.

David graduated from Harvard University and served for several years as Editorial Director/Chief Content Officer of In addition to his work in the health & fitness industry, David has been a writer for Fortune and, as well as a contributor to, Slate, and numerous other outlets across the web and in print. He's especially passionate about the intersection of strength sports and quality, professional media coverage — overlapping interests shared by the BarBend editorial team and which drive their content strategy each and every day.

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