Sri Chinmoy achieves a lift of 1,500 lbs. using a standing calf raise at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, New York.


Photo by Adarini Inkei


Sri Chinmoy lifts Hollis Conway, 1988 Olympic high-jump silver medallist, and 13 other people at Aspiration-Ground in Jamaica, New York.


Clean and Press

by Sti Chinmoy


Today I did the clean and press up to 85 pounds with one hand. Then I pumped it eleven times. How difficult it is to take this weight from the ground! The other way, with a power rack, is safe. If you cannot do it, you cannot. Here you need strength plus balance plus timing. A very strong grip is needed to grab it and lift it. Then you have to use so much control to bring it down to the ground again. Others can bend but I cannot bend, so it is harder for me.

Published in A Mystic Journey in the Weightlifting World, part 3