I could have a better jerk.

First of all it was nice to meet all the lurkers. I’m glad you guys get something out of this. I’m also glad that many of you are apparently miscers. We should have a miscer meet up some time. At a Gold’s Gym. We can all wear tank tops. Do a bunch of lat delt raises and curls together. Point and stare at hot chicks. Not talk to them. It sounds like a real fucking good Saturday to me.

asdf asks:

Update on VPVG? When’s the wedding and how many months pregnant is she?

Oh I’m actually glad you asked. I’ll probably be invited TO her wedding – I don’t know when it is going to be, you’ll have to ask her or the guy she went facebook official with. The last time I text her she didn’t respond it’s fine. To be fair I text her “so what are you wearing” after having not spoken with her for more than a week. And before that I text her, “I just want you to know that the doctor just walked in on me taking a dump,” which was a true story. I thought I’d locked the door. The bathrooms at the clinic are single-person and don’t have stalls. She thought the poop exhibition story was funny. Please respond.

I pressed 185lbs for two doubles yesterday (Monday), which is one rep better than last time I did this. It would have been cooler if I pressed it for a triple though.

Front squat 355lbs x 3, 365lbs x 2, did some shitty ring-dips at +90lbs, Saul said I could have descended an inch lower.

Tonight I snatched up to 225lbs and cleaned up to 295lbs and managed to get it overhead, but not without my left elbow unlocking in the process of trying to hold it:

So this isn’t a c+j PR but it is the most I’ve held overhead.

I then did some snatch-grip pulls, barbell rows, weighted chins at +75lbs for two sets, and barbell curls. For the guy who wanted to see my barbell rowing:

Danger asks:

Hey Brent! What made you decide to oly lift instead of powerlifting?
Is it because oly lifting has more cool montages on YouTube?

Oly lifting is funner to me. I like the skill and timing component. I like the feel of smoking the pull and being right where I need to be to receive the bar and stand with it. I like the feel of a smooth, controlled dip and an explosive drive and the feeling of catching the barbell with elbows locked. Those are pretty addicting once you’ve felt them and I like trying to repeat those with weights I haven’t lifted before. PL is OK too but I feel like there is not as much challenge or necessity in performing the lifts well.

cmoney writes:

Brent, how do you feel about Jon North? It was pretty fun watching him take 3rd in the American Open.
It was also pretty fun watching our best lifter bomb out because 191 was just too hard to jerk. What does it say about our country that our best lifter jerks like a fucking asshole?

Jon North is a motivated and talented athlete who has consistently exhibited progress. I have to respect him for that. I used to not be a fan of his antics or demeanor but after watching more of the Cal Strength vids he just seems like a guy who doesn’t take himself too serious and has a lot of fun. I am a fan of Jon North.

Re: “what does it say about our country,” first of all, I hate the whole agenda about “American weightlifting” as if anyone should give a shit about how our country places on the world stage. It’s just fucking lifting weights. No one gives that much of a shit about it and if you do you maybe you should start training to qualify for the World Team. If you’re that fucking unhappy about how the US ranks in this sport why don’t you go and inject a gram of test a week and do something about it. Everyone who is talking shit about the guys in the B and C and D sessions of international meets is a fucking armchair athlete who would never be selected to be on the World Team in the first place. “Oh they should train different oh they’re squatting the wrong way oh they’re not strong enough they need to pull a heavy triple.” Fucking give me a break. Where are the athletes who train “the right way?” Because they’re not posting totals at high-level meets. It’s pretty rare for the people criticizing the athletes at the OTC and regional development centers to even be actively involved in the sport.

Jared Fleming, Jon North, and Ian Wilson are motivated athletes. So they don’t c+j 95% of the world record – I’m sure they’re real sorry they’re not meeting your standards. But they fucking smoke you and you’d probably embarrass yourself if you put in the hours they did. They’re training, have achieved results that make them among the best athletes in the US, and are striving to get better. Whether or not you agree with their methodology is irrelevant. It’s hard for me to imagine that the people who think they’re not good enough have accomplished or even attempted to achieve a fraction of what they have.

Paul writes:

What exactly is a “gordon fuck”? Where does the saying come from? If I puss out on a snatch and act like a jelly dicked virgin about lifting weights= bit of a fucking gordon? Aware me.

A gordon fuck is an awkward-looking loser. If someone walks around with an internally-rotated, hyper-kyphotic posture, they’re a gordon fuck. If someone is wearing a short-sleeve button up shirt, khakis, and brown sucks, he’s a gordon fuck. If you see someone doing high rep clean-and-push presses with no hip extension, the bar out in front of him overhead, and 115lbs on the bar, he’s a gordon fuck.

Tiny writes:

Lurker here, I use “its fine” at least nine times throughout the day now. It’s fine.


asdf writes:

Brent can you codify and share the folder/list of things that have been said and done to you that make you want to train? Or at least a few important samples. Thanks.

I’d rather not.

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  1. That’s how I row. But with about a quarter of the weight. And I weigh a shit load more than you. It’s fine.

  2. Hey Brent,

    When you’re doing ring dips, do you ever get any pain in the anterior shoulder? It never happened when I did bar dips, and I’m trying to figure out what might be different wrt mechanics. It seems that the pain gets worse whenever I try to move into external rotation on the rings. I dunno.

  3. Nice lifts. If you were in a tank and short shorts your elbow would have been locked. I noticed you did not do anything for Movember. Do you have facial hair? If not, its fine…. My lady friend has been attempting to perfect pork dumpling(potstickers), any suggestions? Please respond 😐

  4. Speaking of lurkers, we should play Starcraft in the very near future. I’m getting back into it so apparently I have to do some placement matches, but we should definitely play soon… and often…. and creepily..

  5. “We can all wear tank tops. Do a bunch of lat delt raises and curls together. Point and stare at hot chicks. Not talk to them. It sounds like a real fucking good Saturday to me.”

    I would pay the $10/month at Planet Fitness just to have one Saturday a month like this. I can’t do it alone though, then it’s not ironic and funny…then I’m just another Gordon Fuck. Amiright?

  6. “If someone is wearing a short-sleeve button up shirt, khakis, and brown socks, he’s a gordon fuck.”

    You’ve just described my entire work wardrobe. It’s fine.

  7. Couple things.. first, regarding Jon North (Jon Fourth), how can you like him and hate Yang? You’re just racist, it seems. And yeah, I’m trolling, I know they’re different. But not really. North’s behavior just irritates the shit out of me. brb missing jerks and leaving the door open to other lifters.

    Nice canned Lascek inspired response there, chief. “You don’t do it so you can’t criticize.” “Anyone who doesn’t 100% get behind american lifters is a poser loser.” gmafb, bro. Listen, here’s the thing. It’s a sport. I’m a fan. I’m not an Olympic lifter (fuck snatching). Like any other sport, there are guys I root for and guys I root against, or at the very least I enjoy watching them screw up. The same “they put so much time and effort in and would absolute dominate you” crap can be said about every other pro athlete in every other sport. I crack up when some clown like Mark Sanchez throws an awful pass, despite the fact that I’m incompetent when it comes to throwing a football. It’s completely unreasonable to think a bunch of weekend warrior fans of weightlifting can’t have a negative opinion on North, or can’t think “wtf is up with Farris’s jerk”, just because we’re not elite athletes.

    I actually really like Ian Wilson, Shankle, Mendes (even with his weak competition results), Farris (even though his jerk is a complete and utter disaster), and Adell. North is a joke, so I’m going to continue to mock his bar-spiking, chest-thumping ways. I look forward to Wilson leaving North in the dust in the 94s.

  8. Had a genuine Brent Kim moment with a girl at work today, I might as well have been wearing a foreveralone.jpg tank top. If I take an overdose is that paleo? I wouldn’t want Saul Harris to harangue my corpse.

  9. What’s Jon North’s fran time?

  10. Why is that not 170 KG on the C&J 2 reds,1 yel, 1 green = (50+15+10)*2+20=170 ?

  11. “Oly lifting is funner to me. ”

    Brent, ‘funner’ is not a word.

    Please use “more fun”.

  12. Brent nice cj other than pausing at the bottom of your jerk dip and unlocking your arm.

  13. I LOLd at the URL the client services and complaint department link takes you to. Well played sir.

  14. Ring dips and ring pushups: fewer reps are possible. Does this mean they are more of a strength stimulus? Or not, because the actual weight involved is the same as bar dips and floor(?) pushups?

  15. Brent, you got quite a bit of room for improvement on your lifts. I think watching these guys should point you in the right direction.


  16. so many trolls on this blog

    • Are you aware that there are people in this world that have a severe medical condition which causes them to be that way? My mother for instance is one of those people. She is a truck driver that has bad knees and a bad back from driving the truck but you probably do not care about that case either. Oh well I am not one of those people I am 6’4″ 245lbs and I exercise every day. I would love to see you say something like to my mother in front of me. Probably never happen though you are probably just an internet tough guy. I doubt very seriously you would say that to someones face. Just my thought.What do you think. Oh I am sorry you probably do not have a brain. I on the other hand will be happy to buy you a plane ticket to come here and see if you have the nerve to say that to someone I know.

      • alm down little guy, first thing first. As far as I can remember, as I child I was always fat and chubby. I blame it on my mother really, she always fed me high calories food. I remember one day I came home from playing with the the neighborhood kids and that changed my life forever. Now before I tell you about this life changing experience, you have to understand one thing, we were very poor. How was I so fat from high calories food you ask? Well simple really. Mother would often feed me rendered pork fat with white bread. We used rendered pork fat like butter, slap on, slap off. Me being a fat boy, I would often spread pork fat over everything I ate. Rice, beans, potatoes, crackers, apples, bananas, oranges, bacon, ect…you named it. So as you can see, my love for pork fat was truly unconditional. Matter of fact, I would often used pork fat as lubrication to get one off. Like I said, we were very poor, lotion was something we couldn’t afford. Now back to my life changing experience. I can vividly remember that exact moment, I came home and mother told me to sit on the chair. She didn’t not give the reason, except for the fact that she had tears running down on her face. She told me that my uncle was killed by a bus. He was drunk and walked into an intersection and was ran over. That moment will forever haunt me, I still get the goose bump as I type this. So please, remember, love your family and friends. Whenever you live the house, please kiss your love ones. It might be the last time you ever see them again.

      • im sorry if this had offended u…but truthful experience is that im a “fat” guy as well. about 5’10, 230 pounds, above 15percent body fat at least. i’m a pretty good squatter due to my girth, and some of my bodybuilding friends often wonder why i’m so bloated. but yea, don’t take it the wrong way, i chose this last name simply because I’m a CHUBSTER. okay? it was in not attention to offend anyone, and if someone took it the wrong way i apologize.

    • u mirin son?

  17. Beonick, that was maybe the best post on the internet

  18. I am internally rotated frequently. I am a gordon fuck. I could be more impressed with myself.

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