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Derek Simonds
06-01-2007, 12:46 PM
I just saw this on the Diesel Crew website. This dude is intense. I am not sure what is happening in the middle of the lift when he is moving his hands from pulling to pushing but pretty cool all the way through.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMaa34WMNoo

Greg Everett
06-01-2007, 03:14 PM
the belly clean? if holmes can push press 365, not sure why he doesn't just clean it for real.

Robb Wolf
06-01-2007, 04:13 PM
Black is slimming?

Scott Kustes
06-01-2007, 04:28 PM
WTF did I just witness? Decrease the weight and do a damn clean.

Chris Forbis
06-01-2007, 04:36 PM
Perhaps the thickness of the bar is inhibiting the ability to clean it.

Daniel Myers
06-01-2007, 05:16 PM
That's what ye olde tyme weight lyfters called a "continental," as it was the style of raising the bar favored by the Germans and Austrians. Some guys would wear a very thick lifting belt, and actually support the bar on the belt while they changed the grip. The English lifters favored raising the weight "clean" of the body, without touching any part except the hands and shoulders, which is where we get the name.

A lot of debates about who was ye stronggeste olde tyme lifter revolved around technical differences between different nations' rules.

Alan Calvert credits Karl Swaboba of Vienna with a 402 lb. continental and jerk in about 1912, and says that Swaboba used five motions to get the weight to his shoulders.

Garrett Smith
06-03-2007, 06:22 AM
That bar definitely doesn't spin, that may necessitate the "tummy stop".

I do think a real clean is much more impressive.

Pierre Auge
06-03-2007, 07:29 AM
I've seen a friend of mine power clean 250 very easily on an axle. I mean the guy is terrible at cleans but he did it and if I ever get a change to train the dude will make that lift look like a joke.

Oh and dude push/power jerked 365 he didn't push press it.

Very intense and very impressive none the less I just think as Daniel mentioned the continental lift is far too contrived to be any good for anything.

All the while I have to admit he is much stronger than I and for that I give all necessary props! Good show!

Dave Van Skike
06-03-2007, 10:03 AM
the continental lift is far too contrived to be any good for anything.

You need to spend a summer bucking bales. By the end of the day, "continental" is the functional style to get a hundred pound bale up to chest level. Lifts like this are a close approximation of real life, brutal and ugly.

Daniel Myers
06-03-2007, 02:53 PM
You need to spend a summer bucking bales. By the end of the day, "continental" is the functional style to get a hundred pound bale up to chest level. Lifts like this are a close approximation of real life, brutal and ugly.

True. I recall watching stone lifting on TV one time (this may have been part of a WSM competition on ESPN2 several years ago) -- the guys just hauled the stones up any way they could manage. One guy was balancing a 300 pound stone on his head while he got set to push it to arm's length.

The Alan Calvert fact was taken from his old book Super Strength. In the same section, he mentions that every strong man can jerk more than he can clean. Interesting, since I think the opposite is generally true nowadays. That was why the rules for the two-arm jerk allowed any technique for shouldering the weight.

Steve Shafley
06-03-2007, 07:22 PM
I think he's got a belt on under his shirt.

It's a continental clean...lots of strongmen do it that way because they can't clean it or even PC it.

notice the mixed grip at the start, then the high pull on top of the belt, then the grip switch...clean and push jerk.

Allen Yeh
06-04-2007, 04:42 AM
Weird looking lift, I have seen what Shaf says in regards to the strongman thing when watching them with the stones but never seen it done with a bar like that. I was wondering what he was doing with the mixed grip at the start too.