Saturday was apparently National Qualifying Day. Seemingly thousands of exercisers around the country were trying to qualify for the Weightlifting American Open. In honor of “qualifying day” I have posted a video of Kevin Simons, and his 13 year-old lifter, Harrison Maurus.
This video is noteworthy for a few reasons…
Kevin PR’d twice on his Clean & Jerk to qualify for the AO. This is after Kevin cut over 10# of body weight, and with the pressure of knowing he’d have to PR just to qualify. First he hit 159kg (350#) to nail down qualification, then—on his final lift—hit 162kg (356#) for his second PR of the meet, and a 280kg total.
Harrison, again, is 13 years-old, and weighed in at 66kg (145#). He Snatched 85kg (187#), and Clean & Jerked 112kg (246#). To me, just the numbers alone are jaw-dropping, but they aren’t just big numbers—they are American Records. The 112kg Clean & Jerk broke the American Record by ELEVEN kilos, and his 197kg total broke the record by TEN kilos. Two American Records by over twenty pounds each—pretty damn good day.
Just for fun… Harrison was also 19kg from qualifying for the ADULT division of the American Open.
1) 5X3 Snatch from blocks (above the knee) @ 85% – rest 60-90 sec.
2) 4X4 Snatch Pull to Hips – heaviest possible, rest 60 sec.
Front Squat/Back Squat: 4X7/13 @ 65% (of max FS) – rest 2:00
Explanation: Complete 7 Front Squats @ 65% of max Front Squat, rack the bar, reset and complete 13 Back Squats @ 65% of max Front Squat (same weight). Do not rest while switching from Front to Back Squats.
3 rounds for time of:
*This entire piece should be completed with a 20/10# weight vest.
20 OHS 95/65#