Check Out Zhang Jie’s Latest ~2.75x Bodyweight Clean & Jerk

This is one beautiful lift.

Thirty-year-old Chinese weightlifter Zhang Jie hasn’t competed on the international stage in years, but the guy is maintaining some seriously elite level strength. Zhang has only ever competed as a -62kg athlete and while we believe he trains somewhere around the 65 to 68 kilogram mark, this is 180-kilogram clean & jerk is still an absolutely phenomenal lift. This is a good 2.75 times his bodyweight, and it went remarkably smoothly. Take a look.

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How does this measure up to his competition lifts? He is an extraordinarily successful athlete, having taken home gold medals in the 2007 Junior World Weightlifting Championships, three Asian Weightlifting Championships, one Asian Games, and the 2011 Weightlifting World Championships.

He shares the title of -62kg WWC world champion with athletes like Naim Süleymanoğlu and Halil Mutlu, having made a 176-kilogram clean & jerk at the 2011 championships in Paris.

Love his form? Not a fan of blurry videos? Check out this super slow-mo footage of Zhang hitting a 175-kilogram clean & jerk.

The guy does appear to lose strength when he cuts to competition size, so we may never see him hit 180kg on stage — not if he continues competing at -62kg, anyway. And of course, the fact that China is in the middle of a one-year ban from international competition. But a couple of weeks ago, we saw footage of him allegedly hitting a 156-kilogram snatch, two kilograms over the world record for his weight class.

[Read more: The 10 heaviest snatches ever caught on film.]

So we have a feeling China will find a way to get him back on the international stage after their ban is over.

Featured image via @awesome_weightlifting 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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