Weightlifter Vasily Polovnikov’s 152kg Muscle Snatch May Be the Heaviest Ever

Russian weightlifting champion Vasily Polovnikov is currently based in New York City and has been spending the summer making some seriously impressive muscle snatches.

The -94kg athlete (who appears to be around that weight right now) has lit up the internet with two monstrous muscle snatches that he claims are world record for his weight class. First up, this 151kg (332.9lb) lift that he made over at JDI Barbell in Queens, where he’s been coaching every Friday. It’s the second lift in the video.

And from another angle with cooler music!

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Heavy poetry…. —///——///— Another video of yesterday’s PR in the muscle snatch 151kg ,which at the same time is the heaviest muscle snatch in the world 🌍 in my body weight class … @jdibarbell —————————— I coach at @jdibarbell every Friday and you can be coached with membership at #jdibarbell. For a limited time you can drop in any Friday for #Vasup #Vasfit Fridays and be coached for just 30$.send us an email to find more or message DM #pr #wr #olympicweightlifting #olympic #personaltrainingnyc #manhattan #personaltrainer #powerlifting #mma #bodybuilding #fitness #crossfit #adidas #reebok #nike #underarmour #kickboxing #boxing #wrestling #lululemon #equinox #sport #russia #kazakhstan #usa #usaweightlifting #tokyo2020

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[Polovnikov’s 160kg lifts were some of our favorite barefoot snatches ever.]

After hitting what may well be a world first (records are pretty hard to verify for muscle snatches), most people would probably take a deload week or three. But Polovnikov decided to head back to the barbell less than a week later to try his luck with 152 kilograms (335.1 pounds). There are two lifts in this video, 150kg and then 152kg.

[Is the muscle snatch or the power snatch superior for your goals? Find out in our comparison of the two movements.]

The muscle snatch, of course, is a great movement primer for heavier snatches, a useful way to train around certain injuries, and a great way to add some technical snatch training on lighter training days. With a big emphasis on upper body strength, it can also help lifters to boost strength in the second and third pulling phases of the snatch.

Now you might think that if you’re spending all week hitting new PRs and unofficial world records that you’d put other exercises on the backburner, since you’re honing in on a pretty specific lift.

Nope, Polovnikov actually just PRd his deadlift with a monstrous 370 kilos (815.7 pounds). Without a dang belt.

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🔥PR🔥 3️⃣7️⃣0️⃣kg/8️⃣1️⃣4️⃣ Lbs (less belt). Tonight I trained a bit with one of my private clients. Here’s the best lifts , two PRs 1kg 361kg 🙂 and 10kg 370kg from the last my best 360kg #vassup #vassfit @jdibarbell #olympicweightlifting #olympic #personaltrainingnyc #manhattan #personaltrainer #powerlifting #mma #bodybuilding #fitness #crossfit #adidas #reebok #nike #underarmour #kickboxing #boxing #wrestling #lululemon #equinox #sport #ukraine #russia #kazakhstan #usa #brazil #usaweightlifting #tokyo2020 #MySolace @solacenyc @nike @reebok @adidas @lululemonnyc @underarmour . If you want to get coaching from me – private session or online coaching- message me DM

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This has been quite a week for the guy. Hopefully he knows that he’s earned a rest day or three.

Featured image via @vasily_polovnikov on Instagram.

Nick English

Nick English

Nick is a content producer and journalist with over seven years’ experience reporting on four continents. At BarBend his writing 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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