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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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Tweets of the Week: Stenson snaps, Rose’s shank of the year, and G-Mac loses his temper

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Shane Lowry produced the performance of his life to win the 2019 Open Championship at Royal Portrush, but in a great week of golf, here are some of the things you may have missed, and some of the quirkier moments from the world of golf dished out in the Twittersphere over the past seven days.

Impressions From The Open

Conor Moore on point as always!

Rose’s Shank Of The Year

The Englishman keeping the cameraman on his toes.

Matt Wallace And His Hero

Stenson Snaps

Beautiful technique from the big Swede.

G-Mac’s Frustration

When you find your ball 12 seconds too late…

Zach Appears On Phireside With Phil

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Brooks Koepka expresses his frustration over J.B. Holmes’ slow play at The Open

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Brooks Koepka began 2019 by calling out golf’s authorities for their lack of action over the slow play issue surrounding the game, and on Sunday at the Open Championship, the 29-year-old appeared visibly agitated over the speed of playing partner J.B. Holmes.

The two men teed off at 1.37 PM local time in the final round, and from their opening tee shots of the day, which Holmes would take significantly longer to play than his compatriot, it appeared the two could be in for an uncomfortable day with each other.

For the most part during Sunday’s final round, on the course, Koepka was to keep whatever frustrations which were bubbling under the surface to himself.

However, coming off the 12th green, the four-time major champ was seen staring at a rules official while motioning to his imaginary wristwatch, and on another occasion, the American looked less than impressed as his playing partner went through his deliberate putting routine.

Following their round, the 29-year-old was quick to point out that Holmes is far from being the only slow player on Tour, but explained what his biggest gripe was with the Kentuckian on Sunday at Royal Portrush – his inability to prepare when it wasn’t his turn.

“There are a lot of slow guys out here, that’s not the first time I’ve done it, especially when you’ve got a walking official with you. I’m ready to go most of the time.

That’s what I don’t understand when it’s your turn to hit, your glove is not on, then you start thinking about it, that’s where the problem lies. It’s not that he takes that long. He doesn’t do anything until his turn. That’s the frustrating part. But he’s not the only one that does it out here.”

Holmes’ nightmare performance didn’t help his pace of play as he struggled mightily in the harsh conditions during Sunday’s final round. The 37-year-old shot an 87 – 16 over par to move from third place at the start of the day to fourth last on six over.

Koepka had some sympathy for Holmes’ struggles in the wind and rain in Northern Ireland, but despite this, the Florida native made it clear that he still found the pace at times too slow.

“He had a rough day, but JB is a slow player. We were on pace for 13 holes, but if I’m in the group we’re going to be on pace no matter what. But there were some times where I thought it was slow.”

Koepka’s final round of 74 secured a T4 finish for the four-time major champ to complete an exceptional year at the major tournaments which included a win at the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black in May.

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How much each player won at the 2019 Open Championship

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Irishman Shane Lowry produced a fairytale victory at Royal Portrush, winning by six strokes and claiming the title of 2019 Champion Golfer of the Year. There was no stopping the man from Co. Offaly as he surged to victory on Sunday afternoon in the north of Ireland, and Lowry took home just shy of $2 million in prize money in the process.

This year’s Open Championship prize purse was raised to a total of $10.75 million, with this year’s champion pocketing almost $500,000 more than last year’s winner, Francesco Molinari.

Here we take a look at how much each player who played all 72 holes earned at the 2019 Open Championship.

1: Shane Lowry, 269/-15, $1,935,000

2: Tommy Fleetwood, 275/-9, $1,120,000

3: Tony Finau, 277/-7, $718,000

T4: Brooks Koepka, 278/-6, $503,500

T-4: Lee Westwood, 278/-6, $503,500

T-6: Rickie Fowler, 279/-5, $313,000

T-6: Tyrrell Hatton, 279/-5, $313,000

T-6: Robert MacIntyre, 279/-5, $313,000

T-6: Danny Willett, 279/-5, $313,000

10: Patrick Reed, 280/-4, $223,000

T-11: Tom Lewis, 281/-3, $171,700

T-11: Francesco Molinari, 281/-3, $171,700

T-11: Alex Noren, 281/-3, $171,700

T-11: Jon Rahm, 281/-3, $171,700

T-11: Justin Thomas, 281/-3, $171,700

T-16: Lucas Bjerregaard, 282/-2, $126,313

T-16: Ryan Fox, 282/-2, $126,313

T-16: Sanghyun Park, 282/-2, $126,313

T-16: Rory Sabbatini, 282/-2, $126,313

T-20: Stewart Cink, 283/-1, $91,350

T-20: Matthew Fitzpatrick, 283/-1, $91,350

T-20: Lucas Glover, 283/-1, $91,350

T-20: Louis Oosthuizen, 283/-1, $91,350

T-20: Doc Redman, 283/-1, $91,350

T-20: Justin Rose, 283/-1, $91,350

T-20: Cameron Smith, 283/-1, $91,350

T-20: Jordan Spieth, 283/-1, $91,350

T-20: Henrik Stenson, 283/-1, $91,350

T-20: Erik van Rooyen, 283/-1, $91,350

T-30: Kevin Kisner, 284/E, $69,875

T-30: Webb Simpson, 284/E, $69,875

T-32: Byeong Hun An, 285/1, $56,278

T-32: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, 285/1, $56,278

T-32: Ernie Els, 285/1, $56,278

T-32: Dylan Frittelli, 285/1, $56,278

T-32: Jason Kokrak, 285/1, $56,278

T-32: Joost Luiten, 285/1, $56,278

T-32: Andrew Putnam, 285/1, $56,278

T-32: Bernd Wiesberger, 285/1, $56,278

T-32: Andrew Wilson, 285/1, $56,278

T-41: Patrick Cantlay, 286/2, $36,925

T-41: Justin Harding, 286/2, $36,925

T-41: Benjamin Hebert, 286/2, $36,925

T-41: Innchoon Hwang, 286/2, $36,925

T-41: Russell Knox, 286/2, $36,925

T-41: Matt Kuchar, 286/2, $36,925

T-41: Xander Schauffele, 286/2, $36,925

T-41: Callum Shinkwin, 286/2, $36,925

T-41: Kyle Stanley, 286/2, $36,925

T-41: Aaron Wise, 286/2, $36,925

T-51: Branden Grace, 287/3, $28,317

T-51: Charley Hoffman, 287/3, $28,317

T-51: Dustin Johnson, 287/3, $28,317

T-51: Shubhankar Sharma, 287/3, $28,317

T-51: Matt Wallace, 287/3, $28,317

T-51: Bubba Watson, 287/3, $28,317

T-57: Paul Casey, 288/4, $26,467

T-57: Adam Hadwin, 288/4, $26,467

T-57: Graeme McDowell, 288/4, $26,467

T-57: Thorbjørn Olesen, 288/4, $26,467

T-57: Kevin Streelman, 288/4, $26,467

T-57: Ashton Turner, 288/4, $26,467

T-63: Jim Furyk, 289/5, $25,800

T-63: Mikko Korhonen, 289/5, $25,800

T-63: Romain Langasque, 289/5, $25,800

T-63: Paul Waring, 289/5, $25,800

T-67: Yosuke Asaji, 290/6, $25,088

T-67: Sergio Garcia, 290/6, $25,088

T-67: J.B. Holmes, 290/6, $25,088

T-67: Thomas Pieters, 290/6, $25,088

71: Eddie Pepperell, 292/8, $24,625

T-72: Nino Bertasio, 293/9, $24,438

T-72: Yuki Inamori, 293/9, $24,438

 

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