Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Robertson’s Leg Press, take 2

This just gets funnier and funnier. After making the stupendously ridiculous claim that he could leg press 2000 pounds because of his “age defying shakes”, Pat Robertson is now defending that claim – kind of:

A spokeswoman recently released a photo she said showed Robertson leg-pressing 2,000 pounds on February 1, 2003. Robertson had surgery to remove a cancerous prostate gland later that month and turned 73 that March.

“I did it one time, one rep, but I had built up to it for about three years,” Robertson insisted on Wednesday in a telephone interview with The Associated Press, the first time he has spoken with a reporter since the leg-press brouhaha.

Robertson said his doctor encouraged him to leg-press weights to strengthen his bad knees.

So not only does he claim to have leg pressed 2000 pounds, he claims to have done it at 72 years old, with prostate cancer and with bad knees! Ah, but there’s a caveat or two:

But he said he did the 2,000-pound lift on an incline leg press with the machine’s brake on, which means he did not have to lift the weight the whole way.

“When the professionals do it, they take the brake off and let the weight come all the way down on them. And if you don’t have a lot of help, you’ve got a Volkswagen sitting on your hips. I didn’t do that,” he said.

Hilarious. “I leg pressed 2000 pounds. I mean, I didn’t really leg press 2000 pounds because that would be really heavy and I might die. But I’m still going to claim that I did.” Come on, Pat, just admit that you’re a liar. We all know it anyway.


  1. #1 Dave S.
    June 8, 2006

    Pat just forgot to mention to us his technique. What’s the word for that technique? Oh yes … lying.

    Did you know I once did 20 push-ups using just one finger? It’s true!!

    Oh wait…I forgot to mention that I was almost completely submerged in a pool at the time. And they weren’t real push-ups, where you keep your whole body straight.

  2. #2 Jeff Hebert
    June 8, 2006

    I also have leg-pressed 2,000 pounds. However, I stretched it out in 10-pound increments over the course of several years. Some professionals do it all at once, but that’s like really hard and stuff.

  3. #3 J-Dog
    June 8, 2006

    Oh yeah? I once had a dump that looked exactly like Pat Roberson. It was a miracle, so I mailed it to him!

  4. #4 Aaron M
    June 8, 2006

    I like Jeff’s method. Now I realize that I pressed a couple of tons last time I was at the gym.

  5. #5 Dave S.
    June 9, 2006

    Acoording to the MSNBC poll, only 5.3% of 21,628 respondents (to date) actually believe Pat. That’s gotta be a gut-shot to the old credibility even for him.

  6. #6 thoughttheater
    June 9, 2006

    See a tongue-in-cheek visual depicting how Pat Robertson was able to leg press 2,000 pounds…here:


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