Strength: noun. the ability to overcome.

THIS Is Strength…

by GEOFFN on March 11

I met this guy in 1995 at Lost Battalion Hall in Queens, NY at my first real weightlifting meet. He reminded me of a bear.

In my mind at least, he was one of the greatest weightlifters of all time. Arguably the strongest Super-heavyweight pound-for-pound.

This is Anatoly Pisarenko.

In this clip he is Clean and Jerking 265kg – 583lbs for those of us who are metrically challenged. He only weighed approximately 270lbs.

Think about that for a second.

That’s 2.16 times his bodyweight.

That’s some serious strength.

As a young weightlifter he’s who I always wanted to be and who I modeled my technique after. Unfortunately, I was almost his age when I started my weightlifting career.

When I think about my technique, I play back his lifts in my head.

I still love weightlifting. I aspire to get back to the platform and still put 400lbs overhead in the Jerk. One day soon.

Who do you model and who inspires you to greatness – to achieve great levels of strength?

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