Jon North Back to Training, Full Olympic Lifts After Cardiac Arrest

When we last saw Jon North in early December, he was getting ready to perform barbell lifts for the first time since his late-September cardiac arrest. In an inspiring display at the Move Fast, Lift Heavy Invitational, North made his return to the platform by snatching 300 pounds.

Afterward, he joined our live stream of the event to talk about his continued passion for the sport of weightlifting, along with his plans to — slowly, surely, and steadily — make his return to competition.

Now, it seems North is feeling good in the gym, and he’s back to full snatches, squats, and back squats as evidenced in video from a late-December training session posted on his YouTube channel.

We’ve embedded the video below, but some highlights:

  1. At 5:36, North snatches a comeback PR of 140kg after several misses.
  2. Around 9:50, he clean & jerks a comeback PR of 165kg.
  3. Toward the end of the video, he also back squats up to 205kg.

From his video description:

3 Weeks back to full time training in prep for comeback after Cardiac Arrest at the Portland Zoo. Comeback PR’s today. Thank you to the Attitude Nation supporters and fans for all the love & support. It means the world. Myself and my family are truly blessed from all your prayers and kind words over the last 3 months. God is good. Life is beautiful. Thank you. Let’s attack 2017!

We — and many lifting fans — are wishing Jon continued health in his training. Will we see Jon North make a return to weightlifting competition in 2017?

Featured image: TheAttitudeNation on YouTube

David Tao

David Tao

BarBend's Co-Founder and Editorial Director, David is a veteran of the health & fitness industry, with nearly a decade of experience building and running editorial teams in the space. He also serves as a color commentator for both National and International weightlifting competitions, many through USA Weightlifting.

David graduated from Harvard University and served for several years as Editorial Director/Chief Content Officer of In addition to his work in the health & fitness industry, David has been a writer for Fortune and, as well as a contributor to, Slate, and numerous other outlets across the web and in print. He's especially passionate about the intersection of strength sports and quality, professional media coverage — overlapping interests shared by the BarBend editorial team and which drive their content strategy each and every day.

David is a proud Kentucky native. In his free time, David is a voiceover actor and can be heard in animated films, independent shorts, music videos, commercials, and podcasts.

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