Olympic lifting power couple celebrate wedding with two woman Deadlift
A Brooklyn couple tied the knot in September and celebrated the special day in a very unique way – a two-woman deadlift.
Soon after saying their vows newlyweds Zenna Hernandez, 27, and Lisa Yang, 28, loaded the barbell with bumpers, ditched their shoes, took a mixed grip, and performed three reps together.
"It was meant to not only be a symbol of unity but also a statement: Individually, we are strong, capable women, but together we are stronger," said Hernandez.
Though the 253lb (115kg) was below each woman's individual max, Hernandez said “there was just so much torque” from performing the lift in ornate wedding gowns.
“We couldn’t keep the bar close, because the dresses were so poufy," she added.
The couple's fitness journey began with running before Hernandez started Crossfit and convinced Yang to join in. Later Yang transitioned to Olympic weightlifting and brought Hernandez with her.
"We thought about the usual candle lighting, tree planting, sand pouring, and none of those things represented Wek and I," said Yang.
"We were joking about doing a tandem deadlift. At the time, it seemed ridiculous because we're Olympic weightlifters, the deadlift isn't even our main sport. But a snatch or clean-and-jerk in dresses might be a bit dangerous, so we settled on three deadlifts."