Kara Webb Just “Accidentally” Jerked 130kg (286 Pounds)

In what might have been a “Wayback Wednesday” workout, Australian CrossFit® Games athlete Kara Webb decided to hit up a memorable workout from the past: the Pyramid Double Helen from the 2010 CrossFit Games.

Here’s what that looks like:

1200m run
63 KB swings
36 pull ups
800m run
42 KB swings
24 pull ups
400m run
21 KB swings
12 pull ups
Rest 2 Minutes
5 mins to find a 1RM shoulder to overhead

And if you check out the Instagram video below, you’ll see there’s little doubt Webb found that 1-rep max shoulder to overhead: a dramatic, wobbly, but ultimately made split jerk of 130kg, or 286.6 pounds.

Now that’s impressive, particularly when you remember that she’s 5’3” and weighs around 70 kilograms.

We know that a jerk isn’t the same thing as a clean & jerk, but assuming she could clean this weight (and she may very well not be able to), she would beat the Australian record for the -69kg and the -75kg weight classes. Plus, she’d be just 4 kilograms away from beating Mattie Rogers’ 134kg clean & jerk American record in the -69kg class.

Webb is a proficient weightlifter, having snatched 220 pounds (99.8 kilograms) at a max snatch event at the 2016 Reebok CrossFit Invitational in Toronto last year. Well, she snatched 220 pounds backstage — she was “only” able to lift 200 pounds on the platform, which is still a phenomenal lift. Here’s the 220.

There are a lot of impressive feats that Webb might call her greatest accomplishment, but we couldn’t leave out the fact that she also holds the world record in pistol squats, which she set in February this year with forty-two in sixty seconds. (The previous record was twenty.)

The pistol squats record is cool, but it’s really impressive when you take into account that she’s such a phenomenal Olympic weightlifter and that she came 11th worldwide in this year’s CrossFit Open. She even earned a first place finish in CrossFit Open Workout 17.3, which involved sixty-three squat snatches.

Kara Webb is fit.

Featured image via @karawebb1 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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