Watch Aleksey Torokhtiy’s 260kg Power Jerk Attempt

The 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games are in full swing, and beyond some serious functional fitness, that can only mean one thing: Ukrainian weightlifter and 2012 Olympic Champion Aleksey Torkhtiy is doing some seriously heavy power jerks. Last year, Torokhtiy hit a 255kg power jerk at the Rogue Fitness booth in Carson, California, which is the heaviest power jerk ever filmed to date. (Watch Toroktiy’s 255kg power jerk here.)

A couple weeks ago, Torokhtiy made it clear he wanted even more weight in Madison. And while he gave 260kg a valiant attempt on Saturday morning, it wasn’t quite in the cards this weekend. After five misses at the weight — including the incredibly close one embedded below — Toroktiy called it a day.

No knee sleeves, no wrist wraps, no belt — just Aleksey (and his shoes) versus the weight.

We’re looking forward to seeing him attempt this one again in the near future. Or maybe he’ll just jump straight to 265kg next?

Featured image: @toroktiy on Instagram

David Tao

David Tao

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.

David is a proud Kentucky native. In his free time, David is a voiceover actor and can be heard in animated films, independent shorts, music videos, commercials, and podcasts.

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