Sunday, May 28, 2006

What could Jesus press?

Virginia’s Pat Robertson of 700 Club notoriety and the same man who told us feminism causes women to kill their children and then called for the assassination of President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, is now claiming to be able to leg press 2000 pounds. Read his claim here and see his video here.

I wouldn’t think of suggesting Mr. Robertson is exaggerating or telling an untruth so I’ll let others do it.

Clay Travis of CBS Sports says, “That would mean a 76-year-old man broke the all-time Florida State University leg press record by 665 pounds over Dan Kendra. 665 pounds.” Mike DeBonis at Slate points out, “he helps his legs by pushing on his knees with his arms. That's a no-no. He also achieves nowhere near the recommended full range of motion, which is to bring the knees to at least a 90-degree angle.” He also argues the leg press machine is inefficient anyway compared to the squat.

His claim is part of a promotion for protein shakes he is peddling. He also peddles booklets with titles such as Pat’s Weight Loss Challenge, Age-Defying Antioxidants, Age-Defying Protein Pancakes, Age-Defying Protein Shake, A Younger You, and A Healthier Heart. All that is missing is the booklet about the snake oil ointment.

Of course, this is the man who said, “you can say anything you want as long as it doesn’t have any effect.” Amen.

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