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On Saturday, I competed in one of the most grueling competitions I have ever lifted in. It was the Zercher Classic at Clarks Gym in Columbia. Thirteen lifts contested in one day. Not counting warmups, I lifted over 22,000lbs over 8 hour’s time. Here is how the day went:
Vertical Leg Press: 750lbs. I got second here, as I called for too big of a jump for my 3rd lift.
Clean and Press (heels together): 245lbs. Good for first place. I had to be real conservative in my pressing as I am nursing a bad elbow injury that I just can’t shake.
Clean and Jerk: I hit an easy 285lbs for the win. I went very conservative here.
Bench Press (feet in the air): Hit an easy 350lbs for the win
One Arm Deadlift: 275lbs tied for the win here. Pull was very light, but I couldn’t get the balance down on this lift.
Heels Together Deadlift: Talk about an awkward pull! I hit an easy 550lbs for the event win, 100lbs more than the closest competitor.
Hack Lift: This was even more awkward. It is basically a deadlift that you pull with the bar behind you. I could barely get the weight around my hamstrings. Hit 365lbs for the win. Tons of strength left in the tank, but had a hard time figuring this lift out.
Zercher: In this lift, you deadlift the weight to your knees, then put the bar in the crook of your elbows and stand upright with it. I did not go as high as I wanted because on my second attempt, I got too aggressive and knocked myself backwards. So I hit an easy 385lbs for the event win here as well.
Steinborn: This lift is especially tricky. You must lift the barbell so that it’s upright/vertical then wedge yourself under it and let it drop over your shoulders. Then you do a full squat with it, before returning it to the ground the same way you got it up. I hit a fairly easy 375lbs for the event win here. Obviously the squat part was easy; the tricky part was getting it on my shoulders.
Neck Lift: I hit a PR of 525lbs for the event win, 100lbs more than my closest competitor.
Hand and Thigh: I went conservative here, as I felt something pop in my arm on my first pull. Ended up being alright, but it worried me. Hit 1305lbs for another win.
Hip Lift: Tied my old PR with a lift of 1675lbs. Was close on 1875, but it was aggravating an old injury, so I stopped there. Good enough for second.
Harness Lift: It took everything I had to hit 2225lbs, which was a huge PR, but that only ended up being good enough for second here.
I led in total and points all day long after the second lift, winning 10 of the 13 lifts. I had the highest total by over 1,000lbs. Unfortunately, I was beat by formula again, and took second on points. It was a great challenge and a good experience.