Watch These Two Weightlifters Fight Like Crazy to Save Their Lifts

As you grow and develop as a strength athlete, you begin to learn your body better than anyone. You understand when you’re ready to go heavy, what your body can do, and in this case, when to save a lift and when to let it go.

There’s a fine line that a lifter has to walk when performing any strength or power-based lift – no matter the weight. They have to decide in a split second when to draw the line and let weight go (often to avoid injury), then when to dig deep and fight for something that’s rightfully theirs (a completed attempt). This fine line athletes frequently walk brings us to the following videos of two athletes who fought like hell for their saves.

The first video comes from Jordan Weichers, who’s a -63kg Olympic lifter for California Strength. Her video features a snatch save that rocked her into her heels with weight overhead for 5-6 seconds.

It requires a ton of concentration, strength, and mobility to save that lift, especially being that far into the heels. Props to Weichers for staying focused and completing her lift.

The second video comes from 77kg Egyptian Olympic weightlifter Mohamed Ehab. This past year Ehab took bronze at the Rio Olympics and continues to prove just how strong he really is. In a 152kg hang snatch, Ehab found himself at the bottom position of the snatch for 7-8 seconds before stabilizing and completing the lift.

Ehab rocked forwards, backwards, then dipped to his right before standing up and completing the lift. The amount of strength and concentration it took to save this hang snatch is unreal. The best part of the video is how hyped Ehab and his crew are when he stands up. That’s the type of hype every save needs.

Every type of strength athlete deserves recognition for the amount of effort and concentration they put into their lifts. Often times it’s not the perfectly executed lifts that create a huge payoff in competition, but the lifts that don’t go so right.

The not so perfect attempts are the lifts that teach athletes how to adapt and learn to fight when settings are far from perfect.

Feature image from @mohamed_ehab_youssef Instagram page. 

Jake Boly

Jake Boly

Jake holds a Master's in Sports Science and a Bachelor's in Exercise Science. Currently, Jake serves as the Fitness and Training Editor 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 1,200 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 a personal trainer the three years before that, and most recently he was the content writer at The Vitamin Shoppe's corporate office.

Jake competes in powerlifting in the 181 lb weight class, and considers himself a professional knee rehabber after tearing his quad squatting in 2017. 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 New York City.

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