At BarBend we always love when elite athletes try out different forms of stength sports. For example, Max Lang, a 77kg German weightlifter “suffering” through a CrossFit® class and giving his thoughts about it. In an odd way, it makes the rest of us feel a little more human, seeing even the elite athletes out experience similar struggles we all feel.

Aleksey Torokhtiy, a 105kg weightlifter from Ukraine who took gold in the 2012 Olympic games with a 412kg total, recently gave CrossFit a try. Currently, Torokhtiy is retired from formal competition, but he still remains active with strength sports. This past summer in July he hit a 245kg and 255kg (561 lb) push jerk at the CrossFit Games, which is possibly the heaviest ever recorded on video. Torokhtiy has now posted two videos on his YouTube channel of his CrossFit journey, and honestly, we’re hoping he continues to do so.

The first video features Torokhtiy discussing his transformation from weightlifting to functional fitness. He’s joined by CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Dmytriy Melkinov and taken through a normal first day Melkinov’s gym. Melkinov takes Torokhtiy through a series of assessments such as pullups with chest hitting the bar, handstand pushups, and toes to bar. 

Part two of Torokhtiy’s video series involves Melkinov taking him through a workout that he’s told to do at a comfortable pace. Needless to say, it appears even a comfortable pace is somewhat of a struggle for the Olympic champ. The whole video involves Torokhtiy making faces that are far from enthused and energized through the workout.

Like Lang, it looks like Torokhtiy found his calling with Olympic lifting. Although, we’re positive with enough time, both of these athletes would become dynamic forces in whichever sport they put their effort into. Until that happens though, we’ll continue to love these videos of elite athletes trying new workouts to make the rest of us feel a little more human.

Feature photo from Aleksey Torokhtiy’s YouTube Channel