Watch Clarence Kennedy and Spencer Moorman Go Head-to-Head in a Lift Off

Olympic weightlifting personalities Clarence Kennedy and Spencer Moorman descended on 646 Weightlifting Gym in Toronto this week for a lift off, and the entire two-hour event was streamed on the weightlifting app Gravitus and on YouTube. You can watch the whole thing below, but we’ve put together the highlights a little further down.

Some pretty serious lifts were made throughout the “meet,” with Kennedy dominating the snatches. His heaviest snatch was 180 kilograms (397 pounds), just five kilograms shy of his all-time PR.

[Check out our interview with Clarence here, where he discusses powerlifting, veganism, and his favorite squatting protocols!]

He also pulled off a clean & jerk of 200 kilograms (441 pounds) at a bodyweight of 97 kilograms (213.8 pounds).

He then tried for a 210kg (463lb) clean & jerk (his PR is 220kg), but he tweaked his shoulder at the lockout, putting him out of commission for the rest of the day.

This meant that Spencer Moorman actually won the clean & jerks for the day, hitting a 201kg (443.1lb) lift.

However, his snatches were a little lower than Kennedy’s. Moorman hit 160kg and had three very close misses at 170kg. We’ve embedded the video below at the 160kg lift.

Moorman is also significantly heavier than his opponent, weighing in at 111kg (245lb), so the highest Sinclair of the day went to Clarence Kennedy.

Kennedy also faced off against his coaching client and YouTube personality Omar Isuf in an arm wrestling match. They appeared to be evenly matched for a few moments, but the struggle was over within five seconds.

This was a pretty cool event that 646 Weightlifting put on. Even though the lift-off was clearly more of an exhibition match (the athletes were more than 20 pounds apart in weight, after all), it’s pretty rare to see Kennedy “compete” against other athletes.

Here’s hoping we see more events like this in the future.

Featured image via @tfbphoenix and @646weightlifting 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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