Pat Robertson is a Monster One Way or Another

By Mark Trodden | June 2, 2006 11:34 pm

I spend a bit of my time in the gym, trying to stay somewhat (ever-so-slightly, to be honest) in shape. There is no way I could leg press 1000lbs, never mind 2000lbs. But Pat Robertson, who is on his 70’s, apparently claims to be able to leg press 2000lbs!.

“How could this be possible?”, I hear you asking. Well, there’s only really one way; one would have to drink Pat’s “age-defying protein shake”.

Now, I can tell that all you good skeptics out there are wondering why you should trust this claim; to which I feel compelled to respond that Pat is one of God’s true messengers on Earth, and you should avoid displaying the temerity required to question his muscle-building formula. If you needed more reassurance, you might want to flip to another web page before reading his divine disclaimer

Disclaimer: Consult with your physician before starting this or any new health regimen or supplement program, especially if you have allergies to any of the listed or related products, or are under the care of a physician or other medical professional, or have any other health problems. No specific health benefit is implied or promised from this recipe.

You see, according to the man who could speak with authority about the reasons that New Orleans was devastated, you really should get modern science to sign off on you partaking of his divine health products.

But despair not; all you need is the ability to mentally image your legs kicking a gay man in the face, and you too could leg press 2000lbs.

It is now official (if it wasn’t before); Pat Robertson is nuts.

  • JoAnne

    After all of the pizza I have eaten, I think I could use an age-defying protein shake! Perhaps someday, real scientists will come up with one.

  • Mark

    I think a Caymus cabernet would do the trick in a pinch.

  • Elliot

    Boy I just ordered mine I can’t wait to drink it and leg press 1000 uh 2000 pounds or maybe more if I drink 2.

  • Comandante Gringo

    Pat Robertson is most likely certifiably sociopathic — as would be most of the “alpha males” in the circles he moves in. This pathological behavior is the fundamental essence of the hierarchical class society we were born into: i.e. you don’t get to be rich in this “civilization” without stepping hard on many, many people as a matter of course.

    Pat Robertson is not only ‘psycho’ and VERY, very dangerous: he *ABSOLUTELY MEANS what he says about killing people* and, uh, is Good Friends with people who HAVE had people killed (some christian, huh?). Pat Robertson is, in fact, what we call A FASCIST: a real, genuine, 100%, All-American, Red-White-and-Blue *fascist*. Of the cornpone variety.

    He ain’t no joke. He’s the real McCoy. So be afraid, not amused, about this guy and his friends.

    And I hear Donald Rumsfeld has the inside track in a biotech company name “Gilead”… (They really do think they are “chosen”, don’t they? Chosen to rule, that is.)

  • stevem

    Mark, I am a powerlifter and “power bodybuilder” and let me tell you his claim is pure BS. (As an undergraduate in 1988 I got very ill and took up weight training to recover, found I loved it, and have continued it very seriously ever since, although the subsequent “Dr David Banner-Hulk” transformation shocked my family:) I now have my own private gymnasium). The true test of leg strength (and over all body strength) is the barbell squat, indeed in hardcore circles the leg press is considered something of a joke. If you get them to squat you find that their so-called leg-press “strength” is way way out of proportion to their squat strength, which is the true measure.

    It is actually not difficult to push many hundreds or even thousands of pounds a few inches or more on a leg press due to the 45 deg angle so the 2000lb force gets reduced by a factor (sin 45) right away. Also, it is known that many so-called training photos and videos (for trashy muscle mags) are faked using light plastic replica plates or a combination of real Olympic 45 metal plates and painted fake ones. This is often to sell various snake oil bodybuilding products. They sometimes show things that are virtually biomechanical impossibilities even for the strongest people, although the gullible get suckered in.

    Looking at Pat R I doubt he could actually squat 200lbs 10 times. If he can leg press 2000lbs then a half-squat out of a power rack with 500-600lbs should be effortless to him when in fact it would kill him. NFL linemen for example, use about 500-800lbs for higher reps on leg press and about 300-500lbs on squats for reps, which is infinitely more difficult than pushing a heavier load once. Funny too how those who claim these massive leg presses have skinny legs. Yeah…PR is nuts! In the late 80s there was an indian yogi/guru type headcase who claimed he pressed 10,000lbs “overhead” with one arm via “spiritual strength”. The truly massive dumbell was set up in specially constructed heavy-duty frame, and yes he moved it (or the middle of it) about 100th of a millimetre overhead. It was widely laughed at in strength circles.

    Joanne, cold-processed whey protein powder actually is an “age-defying” protein and is incredible stuff. It is the big thing these days with all athletes and strength athletes, and normal people can benefit greatly from it too. Lots of peer-reviewed research on it in reputable medical and nutrition journals, including its very powerful anti-oxidant and anti-cancer properties. It is very rich in the sulpher-bearing amino acid cysteine, which is rare in other proteins but which is needed for glutathione production, which protects tissue from oxidative stress. In the US cold-processed whey is now often given as part of cancer therapy to help protect the rest of the body from chemo/radiation. (Type “whey protein and glutathione” in a search engine like yahoo or google.) I don’t know if Pat R is selling that exactly but one should get it from a reputable nutrition company or health store.

    Sorry for the long rant but when an old $%**! makes a claim like this it just really gets me going!:)

  • PK

    I think Pat Robertson, after a good pumping seesion in the gym, probably relaxes with an inspiring game of Left Behind: Eternal Forces.

  • stevem

    Briefly, the massive one-arm dumbell “lift” was by cult leader and “guru” Sri Chinmoy. You can see a picture here, along with critical articles exposing his cult:

    (My mistake it was ‘only’ about 7000lbs.) One of his tricks is to brainwash potential followers into uncritical acceptance of preposterous claims–like crackpot weightlifting feats–this being a key step in capturing their loyalty and allegiance. Hence, it is a bit disturbing to see Pat Robertson do something similar.

  • Ponderer of Things

    Here’s what Slate has to say on this BS story:

    The Leg Press: The world’s lamest excercise

  • Lubos Motl

    The second paragraph from the end shows the real reason for your personal attacks, and people who search for your name on my blog with an extra keyword show the same thing.

    I don’t exactly know why you think that Christian men with strong legs should have less rights than gays.

  • Amara

    stevem: Like any supplement, you have to research it well, and if you are in a treatment for an illness, then you can’t assume that the supplement that has helped others for particular cases will help you. My mother has a fast-moving cancer and is in chemotherapy now. I’m looking to anything that I can do to help her, including finding nutritional supplements that will help to boost her immune system. Antioxidants like glutathione are good right? Well, not necessarily. So be careful.

  • stevem

    Ponderer, the link you provided says it all. A point I forget is that no leg press is actually designed to support more than 1000lbs. The guy who broke the record in Florida had to have a specially designed press and even then burst blood vessals in his eye. Every weightlifting authority and athlete says this lift is a fraud.

    Lubos, I don’t know very much about this guy since I don’t live in the US; I am only commenting on the lift he claims he did. However, I am led to believe he is supposed to be a homophobe–hence mark’s comment–but don’t quote me on it.

  • stevem

    Amara, yes I agree. You have to check the research behind it, get advice and then decide whether it will help. As in most areas of science and medicine there are always differences of opinion.

  • Elliot


    Sorry to hear about your mother. You may want to check into maitake mushrooms as well a seaweed. The following link will take you to one of the leading research centers for integrative support for cancer. They have been doing research for over 25 years on nutritional and other support mechanisms. They are also a leader in chronotherapy, where chemo is more effective/less toxic when adminstered in sync with certain biological cycles.

    Best of luck.


  • Amara

    Elliot, Thanks for the tips and I’ll tell her about that other center too and that there is a way to sync chemo with biological cycles. I’m trying to encourage her to be as pro-active as possible, to learn everything she can and work with her doctors (she has an excellent team of doctors) in a cooperative way, suggesting things that she can do, get their feedback and then try those things. It’s better for her mind and heart and for the family too, to not sit back and be passive about the whole thing. Right now it is too early to know if anything she is doing is reducing the cancer, but we are hopeful.

  • Elliot


    I believe the study you referenced above does not demonstrate that anti-oxidants are bad. I also think the authors may have overlooked a number of studies that may lead to a different conclusion. I am not a doctor or have any medical training but I would be looking to keep free radical damage to a minimum if I were undergoing any chemo/radiation myself.

    Best of Luck,


  • peter

    Maybe he’s done a lot of steroids and now has bitch tits. Oh happy day if that were true.


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Mark Trodden holds the Fay R. and Eugene L. Langberg Endowed Chair in Physics and is co-director of the Center for Particle Cosmology at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a theoretical physicist working on particle physics and gravity— in particular on the roles they play in the evolution and structure of the universe. When asked for a short phrase to describe his research area, he says he is a particle cosmologist.


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