RIP Vasily Alexeev

Vasily Alekseev 1/7/1942-11/25/2011

One of the most legitimate claimants to strongest man of his generation died this weekend. He was 69. Vasily Alexeev was a World Champion, an Olympic Champion, World Record holder, and just about everything else.  He won two golds in ’72 and ’76 (by margins as much as 77 pounds), and set over 80 world records. Alexeev was the first man in history to clean and jerk over 500 pounds and his clean and press world record of 520 pounds was never broken. His best snatch was 418 and his best clean and jerk was 563 pounds.

Check out some of his lifts herehere, and here.

A huge congratulations to CrossFit West Santa Cruz coach Chris M on his 2:26 Fran and 285# clean today.

Workout:

Hang Squat Snatch

Find 1RM

Then:

AMRAP in 10 minutes

1 Deadlift 335/205#

2 Muscle Ups

3 Handstand Pushups

4 Kettlebell Swings 73/53#