Lauren Fisher Jerk

Now this is just getting silly. Yesterday, Lauren Fisher became yet another CrossFit Games athlete to put an improbably large amount of their weight on her shoulders, bend her legs a little bit, extend her legs really quickly, and them somehow catch said weight at arms length overhead. A little footwork later, and BAM, another split jerk PR. See for yourself.

Fisher seems to be training for CrossFit pretty much full time now, though she did compete in weightlifting a few times at the International level. But it’s good to see her weightlifting is still making progress. Her split is giving us major technique envy.

Still, it’s a ways from the heaviest jerk we’ve seen from a female fitness athlete. That still belongs to Becca Day, who hit a cool 300 pounds off the blocks in late 2015.

And 2014 World’s Fittest Woman Camille Leblanc-Bazinet is also a proficient jerker. Here’s her 275 pound PR from mid-2015.

So the question is: Can we please see a max shoulder-to-overhead event at Regionals? The 2014 Games Overhead Squat event was one of the most fun events in recent memory, and on a stage where a lot of strong but not quite Games-fit athletes get a moment to shine, we’re betting there’d be some impressive lifts.

Need some more footage of fit people lifting heavy things? Check out the below footage from the earlier days of competitive fitness. Yes, it’s in a very different context, and the event came after a nasty pyramid version of CrossFit benchmark WOD Helen, but compare the above lifts to some of the performances from the max shoulder-to-overhead event at the 2010 CrossFit Games.

Again, we’re not saying these are good direct comparisons — lifting weight off the rack while fresh is a very different thing than attempting it on this hot and muggy track after all that other fitness. But it’s a fun illustration of how far elite CrossFitters have come in weights lifted and technique used.

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