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Saturday, May 27, 2006
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I blogged about this story some moons ago, though no one in the press was giving it much attention then.

Yes folks, Pat Robertson can leg press 2,000 pounds.

Finally, this is the first story I have seen wherein “experts” in the know actually challenge this goofball’s babble.

According to the CBN Web site, Robertson worked his way up to lifting a ton with the help of his physician, who is not named. The posting does not say when the lift occurred, but a CBN spokeswoman released photos to The Associated Press that she said showed Robertson lifting 2,000 pounds in 2003, when Robertson was 73. He is now 76.

Some expert challenges:

Clay Travis of CBS SportsLine.com called the 2,000-pound assertion impossible in a column this week, writing that the leg-press record for football players at Florida State University is 665 pounds less.

“Where in the world did Robertson even find a machine that could hold 2,000 pounds at one time?” Travis asked.

Andy Zucker, a strength-training coach at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, said leg presses of more than 1,000 pounds represent “a Herculean effort, and 2,000 pounds is a whole other story.”

Well, thank you folks. There is no way, not even in fantasy land, that this skinny, old man did a leg press of 2,000 pounds, when the biggest, baddest, strongest bodybuilders in the world hover near that mark – and only a few of them. And the other question is that there is virtually no leg press machine that can hold that. The big boys typically load up human bodies on the top of a fully-loaded press to push that much weight. Now this photo is purposely taken so that you cannot count the number of plates and thus add up the weight. What I do not see, however, is a ton sitting on that press. In addition, note that the photo was snapped when his legs were almost fully extended, meaning that, whatever he is lifting here, you don’t even get to see him bringing the weight down into a deep position where he actually has to press it up. And then, he appears to be wearing something similar to street clothes, and has his hands on his kness, which is not the ideal leg press technique.

Also, why do we keep hearing that Pat did this in 2003, yet the photo shows a date of 1994? A Roberston publicist in the story tried to play that one out, but failed miserably:

One of the photos Vasko released had a digital date stamp of 1994, although she said Robertson performed the leg press in 2003. Vasko said that perhaps the date was not set properly on the camera.

But then, we find the supposed “evidence.” This is where we are supposed to witness his feat? First off, I spend a lot of time on a leg press (hip sled) just like that. I know leg presses. Second, I count the weight as being approximately somewhere between 900 and 1,080 punds. Doesn’t Robertson even mention that himself in the video? So, if he says he’s lifting 1,000, where does the 2,000 come from? Another time perhaps, as with the fake photo? Apparently so. In the video, there appears to be (11) 45s per side, leaving (22) 45s at the most, making that 990 lbs. And that is saying that none of them are rubber fillers, which it surely appears to be so. The different color of the plates leads me to believe that all the dark black plates are not 45 lb’ers, but rather they are quite possibly rubber fillers.

Could he possibly lift 990? Most would say no matter how much he works out, no, he couldn’t. However, considering his form, it’s possible he could. Note that he has a tiny range of motion, thus not fully dropping the weight all the way down. He barely bends his knees and brings the weight down only slightly. Another thing: he is using his momentum, entirely, to lift it! Once you get going with momentum, and use the gathering of force and speed to push the weight – and at no range of motion, to boot – you have ceased to properly push the weight and justify your claim. A serious leg presser will bring his knees into his chest, stop at the bottom, and push back up in order to minimize the use of momentum. Even early in the video, when he’s lifting the light weights, he’s still using momentum and no serious range of motion in his form.

Another thing that seems to go unnoticed: note when he has the ditzy gal get on the press and try it, he tells her “it doesn’t matter” where she puts her feet, speaking like a true amateur. Of course it matters. She proceeds to put her feet all the way to the back of the sled, thus putting herself in what we call “perfect hernia position.” No one, especially a newbie, should be put into that position on a hip sled. It’s an injury waiting to happen.

Here’s another hilarious follow-up:

“His doctor, by the way, has leg pressed 2,700 pounds. It is not nearly as hard as the authors of these reports make it out to be. We have multiple witnesses to the 2,000 pound leg press, plus video of the 10 reps of 1,000 pounds.”

Note that Madeleine Albright claims to press 400 lbs. What is wrong with these people?

Liars all of them.

Now I’m off to the gym to leg press my extended-cab, GMC truck. And that includes the load of lumber and cement bags in the back. Ahem.

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