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



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…


“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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John Daly had a blunt reason for why Tiger Woods’ PGA Championship went south



Tiger Woods’ PGA Championship tilt ended in an early withdrawal, with the 15-time major champion pulling out of the event after Saturday’s third round of 79.

Woods was seen limping throughout his week at Southern Hills, but his valiant effort still resulted in his second made cut in consecutive majors this year.

However, according to John Daly, Tiger Woods could have gotten in the mix at last week’s PGA Championship had he decided not to walk the course.

“I guarantee you that if Tiger used a cart this week, he’d be on the leaderboard.” Daly said to

There is plenty of irony in the comment, considering Woods was once critical of Daly for using a golf cart on the course.

Back in 2019, before the PGA Championship Tiger said “As far as JD taking a cart, well, I walked with a broken leg, so,”

Daly made it clear in an appearance on the “Full Send Podcast” earlier this year that there weren’t any hard feelings stemming from Woods’ 2019 comment. He blamed the media for Woods’ apparent misunderstanding of the situation.

“Yeah, but he didn’t know the facts because the media, ‘the media’ (sarcastic gesture) didn’t tell him I had diabetes and I had a bad two knees and my hips out and all this stuff. He apologized to me at dinner the other night. I mean, he’s fine. I love Tiger.”

There’s no doubt that a cart could have helped Woods, considering he was only able to play 54 holes before withdrawing from the PGA Championship due to his physical pain. However, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Woods has continued to insist on walking.

A few months ago, Tiger made it clear that he won’t be using a golf cart in a professional tournament. “That’s just not who I am. That’s not how I have always been, and if I can’t play at that level, I can’t play at that level,” said Woods.

Daly also played in the PGA Championship and got off to a hot start, before struggling on Friday and missing the cut at +8.

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Was this the key off-course detail that helped Justin Thomas win the PGA Championship?



Whether recreational or professional, most participants in any sport now take an avid interest in the monitoring of their fitness, performance, sleep, and recovery, and golfers are no different, seemingly always at the forefront of statistics and numbers on and off the course.

Advertising themselves as having ‘the latest, most advanced fitness and health wearable available’, Whoop has released the figures behind Justin Thomas’ latest victory, a play-off win at the PGA Championship – the second major win of his career.

With the Whoop 4.0 able to monitor all the vital statistics and more, it also has the facility to wake up the wearer at the optimal time based on sleep needs and cycles. Based on those, JT had a cracking week.

The company revealed that the 29-year-old woke up with ideal green recoveries on Friday (89%) and Saturday (88%) before going into his final round off a third ‘green’ night.

Indeed, Saturday night was JT’s best of the lot, recording a 100% sleep performance and 89% green recovery score. As the company tweeted, “JT’s accomplishments this weekend are performance, unlocked”

Fully rested and visibly prepared to overcome a seven shot deficit on Sunday afternoon, the data reveals he was clearly unworried through the night with 2.5 hours of REM, 1:50 slow wave sleep (+13 mins over 30-day average) and 9:50 time in bed (1:24 over 30-day average).

Even when it got tight, JT seemed as relaxed as he may have been throughout that nine hours of sleep, and even a very awkward shot couldn’t put him off his stroke!

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Golfer shoots round of 64 over par at prestigious qualifier



The BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship is one of the biggest events in the American amateur game. Some of the best local and national amateurs showed up this past weekend to play at Inniscrone Golf Club, Pennsylvania.

This year, Alex Seelig and Jack Wallace shared the top spot posting a score of even par. The cut line was 5-over par, which resulted in 16 players advancing through to the championship which will take place in June.

Surprisingly, the golfers who shot the lowest scores weren’t the ones who grabbed the headlines.

Zane Pysher of Green Pond Country Club shot a 64-over-par round of 134 that included a score of 18 on the 17th hole. The Twitter account  Monday Q Info was in attendance and provided the details of the hole.

“Well we hit the 5th hour mark on the 17th tee and his first [ball] didn’t clear the hazard. He hit 4 ball[s] in the hazard from where he had to take a drop so the rules official had him drop on the other side than he hit his 10th shot right behind a tree. Proceeded to hit his 11th right into the tree and had to duck to not get hit by it then punched out, hit, then hit his 13th in the hazard. Put his 15th on the green and made his 18.”

The 122nd BMW Philadelphia Amateur Championship will take place June 13-15 and 18 at Philadelphia Country Club and Union League National Golf Club – Liberty Hill.

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