For some reason I decided to watch a few Olympic lifting videos this morning. Naturally, I like to watch videos of guys around my same size and see the incredible things they’re capable of.
While doing this, I stumbled across the video below of Lu Xiaojun from China at the London 2012 Olympics. At a body weight of 77 kg (170 lbs), Lu Xiaojun is snatching 175 kg (386 lbs)!
This is a World Record lift and it’s just unbelievable to watch him pick up that much weight so easily and then just flip it over his head like it’s nothing.
Every time I watch these videos I’m amazed at their mechanics and their raw power.
Take notice of how he keeps his arms long during the entire lift and really explodes with his hips to drive the weight up quickly, then jumps below it quickly for the catch.
Here is a super slow-mo gif of the same lift (this is a huge file, it may take a minute to load):
Take notice of how fast the bar shoots up after he opens his hips, it’s really incredible.
Check out the 12-frame breakdown of some solid snatch mechanics by Apti Aukhadov below (silver medalist at London 2012 in the 85 kg weight class).