Is This the Heaviest Set of Jerks Ever Completed?

Don’t get us wrong, we’re all about the heaviest weights ever lifted around here. But in our opinion, not enough cred is given to the heaviest sets ever lifted.

Earlier this week, for instance, Chris Bridgeford deadlifted a weight that was five pounds shy of the IPF world record… but he did it five times. Last month Jenn Rotsinger deadlifted triple bodyweight, which wouldn’t win her many world records… but she did it twenty-three times. Sometimes, a world record for reps seems in order.

Which brings us to the Belarusian weightlifter Andrei Aramnau. Now, Aramanu, who retired in 2016, is plenty strong in one-rep maxes. At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the -105kg athlete clean & jerked 236 kilograms (520.3 pounds) and snatched 200kg (441lb), which gave him new snatch and total world records at the time.

But in 2013, Aramnau may have completed the heaviest set of jerks (with a rerack) ever.

It’s tough to know for sure, not just because two-rep sets aren’t recorded in the record books but also because the jerk isn’t a competition lift without a clean.

But yikes, 240 kilograms (529 pounds) for two reps? With a rerack?

We’ve gotta say, we think it’s worth watching the thirty seconds before he starts the set so that the full gravity of the situation (and the barbell) can sink in. Aramnau is clearly — and justifiably — taking his time to steel his nerves and motivate himself for the Herculean task ahead.

Image via tarmlm on YouTube.

[Did you know Andrei Aramnau had to cut off one of his fingers to compete in weightlifting? It’s true! Here’s why.]

Despite saying he retired in 2016, Aramnau recently said that he’s been training again and hopes to return to the sport at the 2019 European Games. If weightlifting does get named as an event at the Games (it hasn’t yet), we’ll definitely be watching.

Featured image via tarmlm on YouTube.

Nick English

Nick English

Nick is a content producer and journalist with over seven years’ experience reporting on four continents. His first articles about health were on a cholera outbreak in rural Kenya while he was reporting for a French humanitarian organization. His next writing job was covering the nightlife scene in Shanghai. He’s written on a lot of things.

After Shanghai, he went on to produce a radio documentary about bodybuilding in Australia before finishing his Master’s degrees in Journalism and International Relations and heading to New York City. Here, he’s been writing on health full time for more than five years for outlets like BarBend, Men's Health, VICE, and Popular Science.

No fan of writing in the third person, Nick’s passion for health stems from an interest in self improvement: How do we reach our potential?

Questions like these took him through a lot of different areas of health and fitness like gymnastics, vegetarianism, kettlebell training, fasting, CrossFit, Paleo, and so on, until he realized (or decided) that strength training fit best with the ideas of continuous, measurable self improvement.

At BarBend his writing focuses a little more on nutrition and long-form content with a heaping dose of strength training. His underlying belief is in the middle path: you don’t have to count every calorie and complete every workout in order to benefit from a healthy lifestyle and a stronger body. Plus, big traps are cool.

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