California Strength’s 105kg weightlifter Wes Kitts is back at it crushing big numbers to conclude a brutal training block. Over the weekend, Kitts hit a lifetime clean PR and continues on his journey to take down the Senior American Clean & Jerk record in the future.
In his latest clean video, Kitts hits a 221kg clean, but not without a little fight. Check out the quick transition he makes at the bottom as he rocks into his heels, then quickly grounds himself to stand the weight up. There was no way Kitts was missing this lift.
In his Instagram video’s description Kitts writes, “Closing out the cycle with a 221kg (487#) Clean. Been pushing myself as hard as I could the past 5 weeks while trying to lift as big as I can while doing as much squat work as I can. It’s definitely paid off and I was able to PR my back squat and clean while under the stress of full training. It’s time to cash in on all the work we’ve done!”
This clean exceeds the current Senior American Clean & Jerk Record of 220kg, which was set by Wes Barnett back in Athens, Greece in 1999. Now we’re sitting here to wonder, when will Kitts connect his strong cleans with a jerk to claim the record for his own.
Although, this heavy clean isn’t the only big lift Kitts has recently hit in training. Earlier today, California Strength shared a video that highlights not only Kitts’ new lifetime 221kg clean PR, but a smooth 174kg block snatch.
Check out Cal Strength’s video below.
For context, this block snatch is only 2kg behind Kitts’ current Senior American Snatch Record, which he set at the 2017 IWF World Championships. Judging from the videos above, we’re excited and expecting some big performances from Kitts this year.
Will he finally claim the 105kg clean & jerk and total American records? Time will tell.
Feature image from @weskitts22 Instagram page.