$1,000 For A 1,000 Pound Bottom Position Squat

Create: 01/04/2006 - 08:24
Anti-drug lifter Bud Jeffries has recently issued a challenge to anyone that can replicate his 1,000 pound bottom position squat. He says he'll pay anyone $1,000 if they can do a bottom position squat with 1,000 pounds from parallel. No equipment other than a belt is allowed. To be eligible one must also be drug tested. Check out his site for video of the squat. Here's the challenge:

My Grand for A Grand Challenge This is an open challenge to anyone in the strength, fitness or just in the regular world. Be the first person to duplicate or beat my 1,000lb bottom position squat and I’ll give you $1,000 dollars. I’ve debated on sending out this challenge for a while. Got advice from close friends on both directions, but I decided that it was something I wanted to do and something that I would respect of other people. You see I think that if you say you can do something then you ought to have the guts to put something behind it. Similarly if you don’t then maybe you should shut up about it. So in the tradition of the old time strongmen, I challenge anybody in the world to duplicate or beat my 1,000lb bottom position squat. I’ll make it very simple. You have to start at parallel, bar sitting on the pins of a rack and using a belt only, stand all the way up with 1,000lbs. I don’t care what you weigh. I don’t care what kind of plate, bar or rack you use, as long as it adds up to 1,000lbs. I don’t care how ugly the lift is as long as nobody else touches you. Before you do the lift take a picture of your starting position from the side and send it to me. We’ll arrange for an independent person to witness and verify the starting height and relative authenticity of the plates and that you only use a belt. Then video tape the lift. For now, we’ll set a preliminary cut off date of May 1, 2006. That’ll give you 16 weeks to start with, more than the length of the average powerlifting cycle. My only other condition is that you take a drug test and prove that you’re lifetime drug free. I know lots of guys who take roids and this is not a personal slap against them, but I do think it is wrong and does discount your lift. Again this is not meant to personally insult anyone, nor is this challenge. But this is my challenge and if you want to take it up you have to play by my rules. That means no drugs and if you do it I’ll give you $1,000.00. When you open up to do something public like post a video of yourself performing a lift, you open up to a great deal of idiotic criticism. That’s fine and I expect it. People have variously suggested all kinds of things about me and the lift that I have on my website, because it’s easy to say anything about anyone behind a computer screen. One of the things that’s been said is that any big time lifter could duplicate the lift with little trouble. Well… here’s their chance. If they can I’d be more than happy to see it. I’m even allowing for training time, even though the opinion seems to be among several mouthy critics that they wouldn’t need it. Notice I said critics, because I have found almost universally that truly strong, hard training people are respectful and usually quite pleasant. I’m willing to do something that almost no one else is willing to do. I believe in my training techniques enough that I’m putting money on the line to see if they’re the best. Who else is willing to do that? If as people have suggested that it’s no big deal, then it ought to be easy for someone to walk up and take that money. All you gotta make is one lift. People are going to say all kinds of stuff about this. That’s fine. Let me tell you some of why I’m doing this. Because I honestly want to see if anyone else can do it, not to stroke my own ego. Because I think it is the most legitimate way to squat regardless of what anybody else’s rules or competitive organization says. Because I don’t think competition would legitimize a lift or settle any kind of controversy. Because I want people to see that true drug free heavy lifting DOES exist. Because I also want people to see that you don’t have to have on double suits and wraps to squat heavy. Because I don’t normally acknowledge critics and I won’t acknowledge them on this, but this is my answer. I hope that someone takes up the challenge. I think it’ll be great for real lifting! Even though people have said some pretty nasty stuff about me, this is not intended to be disrespectful towards anyone, but as a challenge to bolster the strength world. Most of you reading this have probably seen the footage of this lift, if not it’s on the front page of the website http://strongeman.com. God bless and hope you all have a great new year. Bud Jeffries

Comments

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
One thousand dollars. Wow. Can I spend it all in one place? WTF? If you are so sure of yourself, so confident in the lift, how about putting up some real money? A thousand dollars is nothing to sneeze at, but I would wipe my nose with it.

Submitted by admin on
But if you can do the lift, it's essentially free money, whether it's $100 or $10,000. Do you think anyone will take Jeffries up on his challenge? Reading the fine print leads me to believe there may be some hoops to jump through. Like how do you "prove you're lifetime drug free"?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
To take up this challenge I would at least need to be allowed to use knee wraps, as they are a great injury preventative. Also, $1k is pretty low. If you think its impossible to squat 1000 without AASs or a squat suit, look up Paul Anderson. He did many decades ago, long before you.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
How do we know you did what you say. I believe a raw 1000 lbs. squat from the bottom has never been acomplished.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I checked out the video and it looks as though is not at the bottom as suggested. Gee I wonder why this guy doesn't enter a meet and do 1300 with a suit....humm...... sounds like bs to me.

Submitted by admin on
It's hard to see whether Jeffries is actually at parallel when he begins the squat. From the looks of the video, he doesn't appear to be, but it may be a little deceptive. Remember, he may be at parallel under the bar before he starts to push into the bar. Once he pushes into the bar, it'll bend and allow him to actually start higher before the weight leaves the pins. Of course, all challengers would presumably have this same advantage.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Bud's Squat was not even CLOSE to parallel, let alone breaking parellel. It was pathetic for a 350+ lbs man.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
IM TRYING TO LOCATE A WEBSITE FOR BUD JEFFRIES BECAUSE I ORDERED A BOOK FROM HIM AUGUST 3 AND HAVE NOT RECIEVED IT AND HAVE TRIED HIS WEBSITES BUT THEY ARE SUSPENDE.I WOULD APPRECIATE ANY HELP.THANK YOU.

Submitted by big_byrd52 on
[quote=Anonymous]IM TRYING TO LOCATE A WEBSITE FOR BUD JEFFRIES BECAUSE I ORDERED A BOOK FROM HIM AUGUST 3 AND HAVE NOT RECIEVED IT AND HAVE TRIED HIS WEBSITES BUT THEY ARE SUSPENDE.I WOULD APPRECIATE ANY HELP.THANK YOU.[/quote] better contact the BBB and ask what to do

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Sir I will say this, You Sir are full of Sh*t!!! Starting at the bottom is tougher than a regular squat! I don't think there is a man walking this planet right now that can squat 1000lbs. with just a belt, and at least hit parallel!!! Then you say drug free...I know there's not one of them!!! So Sir, try blowing smoke up someone else's a*s!!!

Submitted by big_byrd52 on
[quote=Anonymous]Sir I will say this, You Sir are full of Sh*t!!! Starting at the bottom is tougher than a regular squat! I don't think there is a man walking this planet right now that can squat 1000lbs. with just a belt, and at least hit parallel!!! Then you say drug free...I know there's not one of them!!! So Sir, try blowing smoke up someone else's a*s!!![/quote] there was a video circulating around. never tried it so dont know how it compares to the real thing, but its impressive nonetheless.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
[quote=big_byrd52][quote=Anonymous]Sir I will say this, You Sir are full of Sh*t!!! Starting at the bottom is tougher than a regular squat! I don't think there is a man walking this planet right now that can squat 1000lbs. with just a belt, and at least hit parallel!!! Then you say drug free...I know there's not one of them!!! So Sir, try blowing smoke up someone else's a*s!!![/quote] there was a video circulating around. never tried it so dont know how it compares to the real thing, but its impressive nonetheless. [/quote] Videos don't mean anything. All I would need is a few days, and I can a make a vid of me doing the same movement with 1200 lbs. I would bet his video was made with his witnesses, in his gym using his plates, and we have to take his word for him being drug free. So let me use my gym, my weights, my witnesses, and my doctor, and I will video myself doing 1200lbs. Understand my point? Believe none of what you hear, and only half of what you see!!!!!!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
[quote=Anonymous]Sir I will say this, You Sir are full of Sh*t!!! Starting at the bottom is tougher than a regular squat! I don't think there is a man walking this planet right now that can squat 1000lbs. with just a belt, and at least hit parallel!!! Then you say drug free...I know there's not one of them!!! So Sir, try blowing smoke up someone else's a*s!!![/quote] DIDO sevgeo

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I had the same problem with ordering a book from this man (jeffries) and never receiving it. I called about it and they claimed they had already sent it and ultimately I never got it and lost around $90. Obviously, the dude is very strong, but there are powerlifting federations, including drug-free ones, where he could post some numbers competing on the same level and according to the same rules as everyone else in an organized sport. Why post this ridiculous challenge? Why not compete? You don't have to wear the knee wraps or use the drugs if you don't need them.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
He has offered this off and on for years. He won't do a meet. He is a joke looking for attention. There are lifters and strongmen who could do it if they trained for it but they train for competitions not internet exhibitions.

Submitted by Dan Harrison (not verified) on
[quote=Anonymous]He has offered this off and on for years. He won't do a meet. He is a joke looking for attention. There are lifters and strongmen who could do it if they trained for it but they train for competitions not internet exhibitions. [/quote] Yeah, exactly. Bud Jeffries is a sham. He won't compete anywhere because he thinks everyone else on earth HAS to be on tons of drugs. Please. I don't even know where to begin with this charlatan. Don't waste our time. You're a joke. Dan Harrison

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
He has offered this off and on for years. He won't do a meet. He is a joke looking for attention. There are lifters and strongmen who could do it if they trained for it but they train for competitions not internet exhibitions.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
i would never pass that squat as parallel. its hip to knee joint not the bottom of your hammie

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I couldn't even find the video, if you want to brag about something, why not make it easy to find, I mean after all it is 2009 and about anything is possible with the click of a button. I mainly just wanted to see what the goofy guy looks like, and is there a copy of his DRUG TEST posted, if not why would anyone else have to be tested. Sounds like another one of those (everyone is on drugs but me) guys.