Weightlifter Tian Tao Cleans a Monstrous 230kg

Chinese weightlifter Tian Tao has once again taken the weightlifting social media scene by storm with another monstrous lift. About two weeks ago, we wrote about Tao’s huge 280kg/617 lb front squat, which clocked in at well over 3x his projected bodyweight, and now we’re back writing on Tao again for his latest clean.

In a recent video shared on his Instagram page, he shows an incredibly heavy clean, which many fans and followers have speculated to be 230kg/507 lbs. What might be most impressive is how clean Tao made the lift look. Again though, it’s tough to say how much exactly is on the bar, so the 230kg/507 lbs is an educated guess. Also, it’s worth noting that it looks like Tao was preparing to go for a jerk before the video cut out, so it’s tough to say if he completed the lift or even went for it for that matter.

There are couple of other things to keep in mind about this video and why it’s so significant. Tao hasn’t shared his current bodyweight, but we’re guessing he’s sitting slightly heavier than what he’s competed at in the past, which has traditionally been -85kg (more than likely, we’re guessing he’s working towards the newly formulated -89kg). Regardless, the lift below is huge no matter what Tao’s current weight is — check it out below.

[Want more Tian Tao lifting videos? Check out this article covering his absolutely insane 310kg beltless back squat!]

This video may have sparked more questions than answers, but it’s definitely spurred excitement about what we can expect from Tao in the future. With new weight classes and a (probable) heavier bodyweight, we’re optimistic that the big lifts will keep coming from Tao, and what he’ll be able to do in competition.

Feature image from @tiantao85kg Instagram page. 


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Jake holds a Master's in Sports Science and a Bachelor's in Exercise Science. Currently, Jake serves as one of the full time writers and editors at BarBend. He's a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has spoken at state conferences on the topics of writing in the fitness industry and building a brand. As of right now, Jake has published over 1,100 articles related to strength athletes and sports. Articles about powerlifting concepts, advanced strength & conditioning methods, and topics that sit atop a strong science foundation are Jake's bread-and-butter. On top of his personal writing, Jake edits and plans content for 15 writers and strength coaches who come from every strength sport.Prior to BarBend, Jake worked for two years as a strength and conditioning coach for hockey and lacrosse players, and was a writer at the Vitamin Shoppe's corporate office. Jake regularly competes in powerlifting in the 181 lb weight class, and considers himself a weightlifting shoe sneaker head. On the side of writing full time, Jake works as a part-time strength coach and works with clients through his personal business Concrete Athletics in Hoboken and New York City.