CJ Cummings Just Barely Misses a 180kg Clean & Jerk Double

American weightlifting phenomenon CJ Cummings is not showing any signs of slowing down. In a recent training video (embedded below) the junior athlete who holds every single Senior American record in the -69kg class almost took his world record clean & jerk for a double. There’s some debate as to whether he’s lifting 180 kilograms or 185 kilograms (it might be 185 with the collars, but Cummings didn’t specify the weight the video).

In any case, take a look at the lifts below — he successfully makes the first and just barely misses the second, suggesting a true one-rep max could very well break his record.

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We know there were a lot of skeptics out there when Cummings switched from split jerk to squat jerk, but it’s hard to argue with this set.

In fact, it’s really worth emphasizing that when he set his 185-kilo youth world record at the 2017 Youth World Weightlifting Championships in Bangkok, he did it with a split jerk. It wasn’t until later that year that he started using a squat jerk and when he bombed out of all of his clean & jerks at the 2017 World Weightlifting Championships in December, more than a few people were wondering if it was a mistake to make the switch.

But prior to that competition we’d seen him hit some pretty darn heavy clean & jerks, including this set of 160, 170, and 180 kilos that he put up about almost a year ago.

[Read our ultimate guide to the squat jerk here — it’s not right for everyone.]

The 2017 Worlds showed that anyone, including CJ Cummings, can miss lifts they’ve hit in training when it’s time to compete. But we’re still pretty pumped to see his next total.

Featured image via @cj__cummings on Instagram.

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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