Gerald Sasser – 2 Days, 2 PRs:
The world gives us very few opportunities to see true beauty. The smile of a child – a Michelangelo painting – the sun setting from the beach of an island paradise – Michael Jordan’s fadeaway – the Holden Commodore Ute – Lidia Valentin – these are some of things that define beauty to me (at least three, maybe four of them). Today I believe I have witnessed something that I will not only be adding to that list, but something so perfect, so remarkable, that a strong case could be made for it to be added as the new Eighth Wonder of the World.
Here’s the thing: Gerald Sasser moves so well it’s almost annoying. He’s the one guy that actually moves as well as the lady exercisers. In fact, he moves better than the ladies. He’s like an angel wrapped in muscles and Lululemon (can a seminarian please check my angelology on that one? do they already have muscles and/or Lulu?). He’s always been very good, but with some work from Spencer and his “70-year-old dudes that can all Snatch more than you” coaches, he’s become magic. The Clean & Jerk PR from the video above is a work of art unto itself (slow down the Jerk if you don’t believe me… the feet stay flat until the real power has been translated from the hips, and the front foot is 3″ off the floor when the rear foot strikes), but the 290# Snatch… It’s breathtaking.
It’s so good that Spencer Arnold—an American Open Champion, technical Weightlifting expert, cocky/competitive son-of-a-bitch, and renown poo-pooer of everyone’s technique—sent me this text this morning while we were discussing the lift…
Yes, ladies and gentleman, that is a real text. One of the all-time Weightlifting snobs, admitting that a competitive exerciser has bested him at his own sport. This is truly a watershed moment. Expect the end of the world soon. Expect Gerald Sasser to become the Antichrist. Expect Reebok to realize they have no idea what they’re doing and to hand the keys over to Nike. Expect Robb Wolf to eat a donut.
Stand up and rejoice exercisers! Gerald Sasser has led you to the promised land (or hell), and you will never have to lift in shame again. Now prepare to weep tears of joy (or tears of pain from the whole burning in hell/lake of fire thing)…
Sasser – 290# Snatch @ Full Speed & Super Slow:
3X2 Hang Clean + Jerk (below the knee) @ 70% – rest 60 sec.
1a) 4X5 Push Press – absolute heaviest possible (work to 5RM), rest 60 sec.
1b) 4X5 Bent Over Row – heaviest possible, rest 90 sec.