Monday Motivation: Ali Ludwig’s (Hilarious) Squat Jerk PR

Weightlifting is hard, so it’s good when lifters can laugh off training mishaps – because otherwise, that sh!t will drag your whole day down. So when Ali Ludwig (a +75kg lifter out of Waxman’s Gym) recently “missed” a 120kg power jerk, we couldn’t help but laugh along with her at the unintentional (and pretty good looking) squat jerk personal record.

Check out the lift below. It’s best viewed WITH sound to hear Ali and her training partners’ reactions to the didn’t-mean-to-but-still-made-it catch.

Kudos to your mobility, Ali. Maybe let us know if we can borrow some?

Of course, Ali Ludwig is more than just a pretty good and deprecating squat jerker (it looks like she generally split jerks in competition). She’s also a strong up and coming superheavyweight who’s been making some pretty impressive progress according to recent training videos.

Here she is with a 405lb back squat.

And some snappy hang cleans up to 135kg/297 pounds.

To see a little of how far Ali’s come in the past couple years, check out this video from less than two years ago, where Ludwig hit a PR clean & jerk of 110kg. From the looks of things, that’s baby weight for her these days.

Featured image: @aliannludwig on Instagram

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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