Mart Seim Jerks 255kg As He Preps for 2017 World Championships

Estonian superheavyweight Mart Seim is really ramping up his training as he prepares for the World Weightlifting Championships, which kick off in California on November 28. This jerk the heaviest we’ve ever seen from the man: 255 kilograms, or 562.2 pounds.

He posted this with the simple caption,

Training camp going well. Jerk 255kg #martseim #255 #4weekstoworlds #ukrainetrainingcamp3

This comes just a week after he gave weightlifters around the world some serious squat envy with this back squat double of 375 kilograms, or 826 pounds.

He wrote of this set,

When racking the bar becomes it’s own exercise … Squat itself wasn’t that max. Maybe I try more If I find a way so the bar doesn’t bounce like this

So what do we think, will he hit a clean and jerk of 255 kilograms at Worlds? Well, we saw a pretty smooth-looking 230-kilogram (507lb) lift about a month ago.

And he pulled off a clean pull triple of 250 kilograms (551 pounds).

But he hasn’t posted any max cleans all year. His heaviest clean & jerk of all time is 248 kilograms (546.7 pounds), which earned him a silver medal at the 2015 World Weightlifting Championships in Texas. So it looks like if he’s going to hit a new PR in the lift it’s going to come down to his clean.

What Seim is best known for is for having some of the strongest, most explosive legs of any weightlifter on Earth, not just in terms of 1-rep maxes — his max is somewhere around 400 kilograms, maybe more — but also his gut-wrenching high-rep sets. Our favorite? This unforgettable 20-rep set of 210 kilograms (463 pounds), which he described as “light weight squat cardio.”

There’s no question that Seim is a gifted weightlifter, but it’s unclear as to whether or not the 27-year-old is going to break his own records this month. Of course, that will make him all the more exciting to watch.

Featured image via @martseim on Instagram.