Watch Clarence Kennedy’s Huge 190kg Squat Jerk

These days, very strong Irish weightlifter and popular YouTube personality Clarence Kennedy only posts a few times a month on Instagram but when he does produce content, it’s almost always worth a look. While he’s well known for his monstrous snatch — the last PR he posted publicly was 187.5 kilograms at about 100kg bodyweight — he also has a very impressive squat jerk.

Take a look at his latest lift of 190 kilos (418.9 pounds), the third lift in this clip. In true Clarence style, you can tell which one is the PR by listening for the demonic grunt.

By our count, that’s about the five millionth time he’s shown that his plant-based diet isn’t hindering his strength levels.

[Learn how Clarence Kennedy and 6 more elite strength athletes warm up for squats here.] 

That lift has to be pretty close to his PR, since the last time we saw him going heavy in the lift it was with a fantastic 180 kilos, followed by a failed lift of 200 kilos.

Squat jerks, of course, can be a useful tool for Olympic weightlifters. They can be one’s chosen style of jerk in competition, but more often they’re used during training to train overhead strength and stability for the jerk and hone mobility in the bottom position.

As far as the more traditional Olympic lifts go, despite rumors of new PRs on his private Patreon account we’re yet to see Kennedy break that 187.5-kilo snatch barrier, though if you want to see several failed 190-kilo snatches (with straps) you can take a look at one of his most popular videos he’s uploaded this year.

This 290kg pause squat, which he pulled off without even wearing a weightlifting belt, also got a ton of pageviews a few months ago.

While we’d seen a 300kg raw squat from him before, it’s safe to say that this one looked insanely smooth. We think the man’s got heavier lifts in him yet.

Featured image via @clarencekennedy_ 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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