Clarence Kennedy Smokes Three 215kg (474 lb) Clean Singles

It’s been a while since we’ve written about Irish weightlifter Clarence Kennedy crushing big weight. In fact, it’s been over a few months, and the last time we featured Kennedy was back in January when he smoked this 290kg (640 lb) pause back squat.

Thankfully for us and all of the Kennedy fans out there, it appears he hasn’t skipped a beat in his training. In his latest video, Kennedy hits three 215kg (474 lb) clean singles, which isn’t too far off his all-time personal best clean. What’s most impressive about the video isn’t even necessarily the weight in this case (only 10kg shy of his best), but how fast Kennedy moves with each rep and the quick stand up.

Check out Kennedy’s clean singles below.

Now you may be thinking, “With how easy that weight moved, what’s Kennedy’s best clean and clean & Jerk?”

For the clean & Jerk, Kennedy told us back in February of 2017 that his best lift has been 220kg (485 lbs), and for the clean 225kg (496 lbs). As stated above, these singles are only 10kg off Kennedy’s best — which yes we understand is a big margin at maximal weights — but could we be seeing a new clean PR in 2018?

Back in late January, we got the chance to sit down with Kennedy and talk about a few light topics at an event. We shared the interview in an Instagram post that highlighted Kennedy deadlifting 320kg (705 lbs). If you missed it, check out the video and the questions below.

  • BarBend: What’s your favorite pre-workout meal?
  • Kennedy: Very high carb meals like pancakes, pasta, and rice.

  • BarBend: Do you dislike anything about weightlifting?
  • Kennedy: The way anti-doping is run.
  • BarBend: What are two things you’d take on a deserted island with you?
  • Kennedy: Squat rack & weights.

Hopefully with this latest clean video, we’ll be seeing more weightlifting focused content from Kennedy in the near future, especially at this weight.

Feature image from @clarencekennedy_ Instagram page. 


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Jake holds a Master's in Sports Science and a Bachelor's in Exercise Science. Currently, Jake serves as one of the full time writers and editors at BarBend. He's a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has spoken at state conferences on the topics of writing in the fitness industry and building a brand. As of right now, Jake has published over 1,100 articles related to strength athletes and sports. Articles about powerlifting concepts, advanced strength & conditioning methods, and topics that sit atop a strong science foundation are Jake's bread-and-butter. On top of his personal writing, Jake edits and plans content for 15 writers and strength coaches who come from every strength sport.Prior to BarBend, Jake worked for two years as a strength and conditioning coach for hockey and lacrosse players, and was a writer at the Vitamin Shoppe's corporate office. Jake regularly competes in powerlifting in the 181 lb weight class, and considers himself a weightlifting shoe sneaker head. On the side of writing full time, Jake works as a part-time strength coach and works with clients through his personal business Concrete Athletics in Hoboken and New York City.