I’m still waiting on some video for part two of “ESPN Lies“. Luckily something of such game-changing proportions just happened, that we’ve got something pretty interesting to talk about while we wait…
On Friday Nick Bloch hit a Snatch PR of 305# from blocks, a Clean & Jerk PR of 365#, and a Clean PR of 405# – for a DOUBLE. I posted the videos, and threw in some not-so-subtle hints that Nick was gunning for Marco Coppola’s title of “King of the Outlaws”. Marco did not like this.
He’s been chasing a 400# Clean & Jerk for quite a while now, and after seeing Nick’s assault on his crown texted me and basically said, “If I hit a 400 Clean & Jerk you’re buying me the shiniest crown on earth, and acknowledging that I’m the King for life.” I agreed knowing that: 1) aluminum foil is very shiny, and 2) Marco had just missed the Jerk at 385# a week ago, and was something like 25# lighter than when he last Clean & Jerked 385#. Basically, I didn’t think he had a chance.
Apparently the aluminum foil crown is important to King Coppola.
Just a few hours ago Marco hit a FOURHUNDRED POUND CLEAN & JERK, for a 15# lifetime PR, and giving him – what I believe to be – the highest WL total of any active competitive exerciser (141kg Snatch/182kg C&J – 323kg total @ just under 100kg). This is also, IMO of course, the most impressive lift ever performed by an exerciser. I know of one other 400# C&J, but this one was clean as a whistle, and would have gotten three white lights on any platform at any meet in the world.
Here it is… The King for life, Marco Coppola – Clean & Jerking 400 pounds:
This is the final week of the first of three parts that will make up our first off-season twelve week cycle (15 after de-loads), for both TOW and Outlaw Barbell. De-load is coming next week.
3 Position Snatch (Floor, Hang, Power Position – do not drop bar): Max for the complex – 1X1@95%, 1X1@90%
1a) 4XME + 3 Strict HSPU (go to complete failure, then rest and complete 3 more reps each set) – if more than 15 on first set add a deficit, rest 90 seconds
1b) 4X5 Pause Front Squats @ heaviest possible – try to add to last week’s number (STRICT 3 second pause in the bottom at absolute bottom depth) – rest 90 seconds
30 KB Swings 32/24kg
50 Pistols (alternating)
30 KB Swings 32/24kg