Watch Bradley Martyn’s 265lb Power Snatch

Bradley Martyn is perhaps best known as an talented physique athlete, social media celebrity, and the owner of a Los Angeles gym called Zoo Culture. But the guy actually has a pretty long history as an Olympic weightlifter and while he doesn’t compete anymore, he still likes to bust out some Oly moves now and then.

All of which is our longwinded way of telling you to check out Bradley Martyn’s 265-pound power snatch! This is a PR for the dude.

For viewers having trouble seeing it on mobile, it can also be found here.

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[Read our ultimate guide to the benefits of power snatches here!]

Purists may criticize his form but again, for someone best known as a bodybuilder, we thought this was pretty cool.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Martyn branch out into some Olympic lifting accessories in his videos. Here he is overhead squatting what looks like 275 pounds for several singles (on what was supposed to be a “rest day.”)

And if you’re more interested in raw power, we also wrote a whole article about this clip below where he pulled off two sets of five 315-pound cleans.

[Watch Dmitry Klokov and Bradley Martyn discuss the differences between bodybuilding and weightlifting here.] 

He has noted on several occasions that he used to do a ton of Olympic weightlifting, which he described in a 2011 interview as his favorite form of physical exercise.

But of course, Martyn is better known for his gigantic muscles and his cheeky sense of humor, both of which he has displayed in a lot of impressive videos. Some of our favorites include squatting two ladies on a hoverboard. For reps. In a murderous clown mask.

And this extraordinary, gym-wide mannequin challenge (remember those?) wherein he held a gutwrenching pause deadlift and afterward… another two-lady lift.

How he keeps so many areas of his fitness honed is a question we’ve asked more than once but hey, we’re just going to look forward to more Olympic lifting from the guy.

Featured image via @zooculture on Instagram.


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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 different kinds of things, but his passion for health ultimately led him to cover it full time.Shanghai was where he managed to publish his first health related article (it was on managing diarrhea), he then went on to produce a radio documentary about bodybuilding in Australia before he finished his Master’s degrees in Journalism and International Relations and headed to New York City. Here, he’s been writing on health full time for more than five years for outlets like Men's Health, VICE, and Popular Science.Nick’s interest in health kind of comes from an existential angle: how are we meant to live? How do we reach our potential? Does the body influence the mind? (Believe it or not, his politics Master’s focused on religion.)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.