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Must be the Arby’s: Beef Johnston deadlifts 485 lbs

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Update: Thanks to WRX member Sam who pointed out: “The correct term for that lift would be a rack pull (weight does not start on the ground).”

An Instagram video posted by the European Tour’s Performance Institute shows Beef Johnston readying for a deadlift attempt.

Fueled by Beef ‘n Cheddars and curly fries, Johnston steps in for an attempt at hoisting 220kg (485 lbs).

To the uninitiated (me), the feat certainly looked impressive. But just how impressive? I fired up Google to find out…

Per PhysicalLiving.com

“Dan John, suggests in his book, Intervention: Course Corrections For The Athlete And Trainer, that the average weightlifter should be able to deadlift between 1 and 1.5 times their body weight. I think that’s a good general recommendation for most people who are interested in health, fitness, longevity, and quality of life. However, Coach Dan John also considers a deadlift using double your bodyweight to be a game-changer. So, there are certainly benefits to be had from doing more than the minimum.”

Johnston reportedly weighs 212 pounds. Thus, Beef lifted nearly 2.3 times his body weight.

Impressive stuff (don’t tell Brandel Chamblee).

WRXers who lift heavy things, what do you think?

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  1. Mark

    May 28, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    Lifting more and missing cuts? Wonder when these guys will learn that Olympic lifting and golf don’t mix. I’ve seen his training videos he looks less mobile and fluid since, curious if his speed is even faster. I understand training for injury prevention, improving mobility/stability of golf specific movements and connecting muscle facia or slings. Beef we love you but stop with the B.S. workouts

  2. DaveyD

    May 27, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    Athletes come in all shapes and sizes for sure. Good on him!

    • Dandy

      Jun 16, 2018 at 10:02 pm

      Golfers maybe, but not athletes. Not to say all golfers aren’t athletes, but that guy? Can’t get me to buy it.

  3. ogo

    May 27, 2018 at 1:40 am

    Most rec golfers cannot squat lift their own body … nor walk the golf course.

  4. Scott McDonald

    May 25, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    Must have been the socks

  5. Trey Wash

    May 25, 2018 at 8:53 am

    This is very unimpressive for someone this rotund.

  6. Dirk Smith

    May 24, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    Not even close to a real dead lift. Guy was wearing straps too. Guarantee you Beef and most of the PGA tour cannot bench 135 for more than a rep or two.

    • Beefhouse

      May 25, 2018 at 5:35 am

      Who cares what someone can bench. Biggest vanity exercise there is. Beef does his squats and deads. He has a fair bit of timber on him though.

      (PS I agree re the straps – what’s the point).

      • Dandy

        Jun 16, 2018 at 9:55 pm

        The point is, a deadlift is a posterior chain exercise. And this isn’t even a deadlift, it’s a rack pull (poorly executed). Straps are fine for those. It’s an exercise that benefits the snatch and clean.

        1 to 1.5 times body weight deadlift is pathetic though. That’s something a marathoner would claim.

    • Jack

      May 25, 2018 at 11:25 am

      Certainly not a deadlift, but I can argue for his use of straps for two reasons.
      1. He’s a golfer. Chalking his hands up and damaging his skin on the bar’s knurling is just not a necessary risk to take for a professional golfer who practices as much as he does, and needs all the feel in his hands that he can get.
      2. Straps will allow him to pull heavy weight and make strength gains without having to use a mixed grip (Underhand/Overhand). With the double overhand grip and straps, he minimizes his risk of a bicep tear, as well as eliminating the risk of creating muscular imbalances in teh upper body.

      Source – Used to play golf for a living for a short time and loved lifting weights. Try to go hit golf balls the day after a heavy deadlifting session with no straps lol

  7. Sam

    May 24, 2018 at 11:19 am

    The correct term for that lift would be a rack pull (weight does not start on the ground).

  8. Jamie

    May 24, 2018 at 11:18 am

    Impressive strength but extremely unintelligent. Why jeopardize your back for a silly video? Since this is a golf website, I will remind that there are better ways to play better golf.

    • Jack

      May 25, 2018 at 11:21 am

      Honestly, if you deadlift (or rack pull) with a rounded back and less involvement of the legs, it certainly can be dangerous. In this video however, he primes his lower back correctly, and clearly drives from his heels to move the weight. His form is mechanically sound, so if the weight was heavy enough to hurt him, he wouldn’t even be able to get the weight off the blocks. For this reason, when proper form is used, the deadlift is an extremely safe lift to perform.

      • Dandy

        Jun 16, 2018 at 9:58 pm

        False. His shoulders are rounded forward. Which means his back is not in alignment.

        And did you watch the video, he’s on his tip toes.

  9. 3PuttPar

    May 24, 2018 at 10:04 am

    An impressive deadlift off a box for sure. However, there’s absolutely no chance Beef only weighs 212lbs.

    • Ben Alberstadt

      May 24, 2018 at 10:25 am

      I can only go with his official listed weight!

      • 3PuttPar

        May 25, 2018 at 9:07 am

        Oh, I know! Not saying your wrong just saying whoever posted that as his official weight may need to reconsider haha

  10. Thomas A

    May 24, 2018 at 9:44 am

    Off a box? That’s half a deadlift. Needs to be lifted from the ground.

    • Ben Alberstadt

      May 24, 2018 at 10:03 am

      Good point! See that’s why I needed the WRX lifter knowledge.

      • Way

        May 24, 2018 at 11:52 am

        Or, you can quit and stop writing garbage

        • Ben Alberstadt

          May 24, 2018 at 1:34 pm

          Just a reminder that you’re under absolutely no obligation to read anything you don’t want to. Pretty clear what the content of the article was/is based on the headline. If that’s not something you’re going to find entertaining, why click? I hope you enjoy the rest of GolfWRX more than you do my writing/this article.

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Lexi Thompson violates Rules of Golf at Indy Women in Tech Championship

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During the third round of the Indy Women in Tech Championship, Lexi Thompson unknowingly ran afoul of the Rules of Golf.

Preferred lies–AKA lift, clean, and place–were in effect at soggy Brickyard Crossing. Thompson hit her drive at the par-5 10th hole wide right. It settled in the sixth fairway. Believing she was allowed to lift and clean any ball in the fairway, Thompson began to do so.

The rule, of course, only applies to balls that settle in one’s own fairway. Fortunately for Thompson, an official saw what was happening and stepped in to administer a penalty.

“Thankfully, Marty [the official] intervened before she hit her next shot,” Golf Channel’s Kay Cockerill reported. “Otherwise, she would have been hitting from the wrong spot, and it would have been a two-shot penalty. So, in a sense, it saved her a shot.”

The LPGA issued this statement.

“While playing the third round of the 2018 Indy Women in Tech Championship, Lexi Thompson incurred a one-stroke penalty for breach of the preferred lies local Rule (Appendix IA Part 3b Course Conditions).”

“The Committee adopted the preferred lies local Rule due to the turf conditions of the golf course after receiving over an inch of rain. The LPGA, under the local Rule, restricts the player from preferring her lie when her ball lies in a closely-mown area of a hole other than the one being played.”

“During the play of hole #10, Thompson’s tee shot came to rest in the fairway of hole #6. As Thompson’s ball lay on the fairway of hole #6, she was not entitled to prefer her lie.”

“She preferred her lie in breach of the local Rule but prior to playing her stroke from a wrong place (Rule 20-7), she was questioned by a Rules official regarding her actions. As she had not played her stroke from the preferred spot, she did not receive the general penalty of two-strokes under the local Rule. However, she did incur a one-stroke penalty under Rule 18-2 for lifting her ball at rest without authority.”

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Joe LaCava, Tiger Woods’ caddie, paid a heckler $25 to leave at the WGC-Bridgestone

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While Steve Williams would likely have taken a different route, Tiger Woods’ current caddie admitted to bribing a fan to leave his boss alone.

LaCava called into ESPN’s “Golic and Wingo” and told a tale of paying of a heckler at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

LaCava said the man heckled Woods throughout his final round at the Bridgestone, and on the 14th hole, LaCava interceded, telling the man to check out action elsewhere on the course. Interestingly/absurdly, the man said he would be happy to, provided LaCava reimburse him for his ticket.

Here’s the full transcript c/o ESPN.

Mike Golic: “Did you have any issues with the people at Bellerive?”

Joe LaCava: “Not at all, and you hit it right on the head, 99 percent of the guys and women are behind Tiger, pushing for Tiger. They want to see good golf in general they’re not anti-the-other-guys, but they’re certainly rooting for Tiger more so than the other guys. But, funny you guys ask that question. The week before in Akron, I had a little incident with a guy who was harassing my guy on the 14th hole at Akron the last day outside the ropes, roughening him up pretty good. And I said, hey listen bud, why do you gotta go there? Everyone’s having a good time, everyone’s pulling for Tiger. You don’t like the guy that’s one thing, but you don’t to be yelling at my guy, screaming negative stuff like that. And I said at the end of the day, if you affect him, his performance, it effects my bottomline. So he calls me a couple names and I go back and forth with the guy, and I say why don’t you just leave. And he says well if you give me $25 for the ticket that I bought today I’ll leave. And I said here you go, here’s $25.”

Mike: “Did he leave?”

Joe: “So I whip out $25 and he starts to go down the 14th fairway toward the green. I say look pal $25 is $25 you gotta head the other way. So he starts to head the other way, he goes 20 yards down the line, then he calls me a certain other, a swear word. So I run 20 yards back the other way and I’m going face to face with this guy. And all the sudden Tiger’s looking for a yardage, and I’m in it with this guy 20 yards down the line. So some cop has to come in, push this guy outta the way, and take him outta the tournament.

Mike: “So what did Tiger say when you came back to give him the yardage?”

Joe: “Well that’s a great question. We were so far to the right of the trees, and he was on his third shot believe it or not, we were still 150 yards away from the green, and he didn’t really know what happened. He heard the commotion, he heard the guy yelling at him, so we talked about it after the fact, but he didn’t really know how it developed. And he says I was wondering what happened, and he goes normally it wouldn’t that long to get a yardage. I said well a little incident down the road. He didn’t have a problem with it, and actually I gotta standing ovation for kicking the guy outta there.

Security probably should have happened sooner when LaCava was $25 richer.

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A brief cart ride (by his caddie) has big implications for Akshay Bhatia at the U.S. Amateur

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16-year-old Akshay Bhatia may be looking for a new caddie for his next event. The rising star of amateur golf was penalized when his caddie accepted a ride on a golf cart at the 14th hole during the round of 64 at the U.S. Amateur.

Bhatia would go on to lose to Bradford Tilley.

The match was all square at the 14th. Chris Darnell, Bhatia’s caddie, made a pit stop at the bathroom after Bhatia hit his approach. While the player walked to the green, Darnell was approached by what he believed was a USGA official driving a golf cart.

“The gentleman was wearing a USGA pullover,” Darnell said afterward. “I asked if I could get a ride to the green to keep up pace, and he said yes. So I hopped on the back, got up to the green, hopped off and thought nothing of it.”

Of course, neither players nor caddies can ride on any form of transportation during the round unless authorized, per the Rules of Golf. Bhatia was penalized accordingly and lost the hole after a (real) official spotted the infraction.

Particularly frustrating for the golfer was the fact that he had birdied the par-5 and believed he was going 1 up on his opponent, only to find out they were all square.

As mentioned, Bhatia would go on to lose in 19 holes.

Adding another layer to this drama, Darnell said Tilley’s caddie had done the same thing earlier in the match.

“I had already seen the other caddie in our group do it on the ninth hole,” Darnell said. “Same thing – USGA pullover, drove him from the bathroom up to the fairway – so I assumed it was fine. I didn’t point it out at the time because everything seemed kosher. He had the USGA stuff on, and I didn’t think anything of it.”

What are the chances Tilley or his caddie admit to the infraction now? And who is this mystery idiot who loves the USGA enough to drape himself in their garb but is daft enough to blatantly break a straightforward rule of competition?

Dumb rule? Certainly in this sense. But so many situations exist in amateur play that you can understand why the USGA would level a prohibition on transportation. Still, shouldn’t there be some room for interpretation? It’s difficult to argue Bhatia himself gained any advantage…

What do you think, GolfWRX members?

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