Monday, November 24, 2008

My Husband, the Superhero

Let me just start by informing ya’ll that we are hosting my side of the families Thanksgiving at our house this year. So what I am getting at is I’ve got things to get done! Including some semi-important Thanksgiving dinner stuff like getting groceries and thawing the turkey!

Both the kids are down for a nap. I’ve had two diet cokes, have rewritten my to-do list (twice) and cranked my iPod up two notches past healthy listening level in hopes of motivating myself to get moving. It’s not working!

So instead I am going to post on the blog, because procrastination is a totally unappreciated art form. I think what I am in need of is a billion dollar bailout. That would probably help getting things rolling. In fact, I’m an easy pleaser; I would even settle for a half billion.

Anyway…on to the star of this post my Idaho State Powerlifting Champion husband! In case you are wondering, here is what it takes to be a 1st place/Idaho State Champion powerlifter: Squat: 400 pounds Bench: 275 pounds Deadlift: 460 pounds This gave Spence a 1,135 pound total. Spencer lifted in the 148 pound weight class, which means that he lifted seven and half times his weight. I’m not gonna lie, he was a little disappointed that he didn’t get the 1200 lb. total that he was shooting for. He came down with a bad bug the day before d-day and didn’t feel that he had all his strength. He had planned on getting 440 for his squat, but when he squatted the 400 pounds he said, “That felt kinda heavy! I don’t think I can go up any higher in weight.” I wanted to scream, ARE YOU KIDDING ME! You just put 400 pounds on your shoulders, bent down to below parallel and then stood back up again. What do you mean that felt kinda heavy? Carrying my 12 pound baby around all day, now that’s kinda heavy! Squatting a baby elephant, that qualifies as EXTREMELY heavy!

I think that I am okay to assume that the majority of my blog readers are female (and by majority I mean all)! (with the exception of my dad, brother and husband) (but they don’t really count because, well, there my dad, brother and husband and are therefore, mandated to read it)

And with that assumption, I am also going to assume that none of you are powerlifters and consequently aren’t quite sure how heavy a 460 pound deadlift really is.

So my best friend Google and I, we did some research. 460 pounds is equal to 53 ½ gallons of milk, or 450 cans of Progresso soup, or 50-12 pack carton of diet coke, or 92 reams of computer paper. And as far as his 1135 pounds total, that means he lifted this:

Or this: Or this: Edited to add: Except for not the pumpkin, cause it was just pointed out to me that that pumpkin weighs 1,469 pounds. Oh, my dear friend Google, you did me wrong!

Pretty impressive, huh? And for the male readers (my dad, brother and husband) here is some video of his lifts. Enjoy!
Here he is benching:
And his squat:
And deadlifting:

11 comments:

Jessica said...

That is CRAZY!!!!!! Congrats Spencer!!! That seems like way to much work for a t-shirt and a trophy!! Maybe you could shoot for London 2012 for a better prize package!

Our Bingham Family Blog said...

Holy SHIT...and that's all I gotta say about that!!

Woolf Family said...

Its so cutie how Kim is bragging I remember in my bigger brothers tougher then your big brother arguments I always win:) love you guys see you soon

Tammy said...

oh, my gosh....I'm going to feel like a major looser next time I go to the body pump class!

Jeremy said...

*Disclaimer*
Don't read this comment if you are easily offended or have no sense of humor

Spencer could also lift a morbidly obese person!

There. I have been thinking it since you posted how much he lifted and now I typed it. I feel better getting that off my chest. hehe

Tell Spencer that he has sweet weight lifting skills!

K said...

One time, my sweet husband showed me a youtube video of a powerlifter who blew his own intestines out the back end, and so I am not mentally strong enough to watch the videos of Spencer, even though I'm sure he went home in the same condition he arrived at the meet. The pictures are great, however! Yay Spencer!

Karalynn said...

Look at those guns!

Spencer and Kimberlee said...

Gretta- I wanted to make shirts for the kids that said, "My Daddy is tougher than your Daddy!" but I didn't get it done. Maybe next time!

And Jami, watch your mouth! This is a family blog.

Janita said...

Very neat - though I don't understand why men even want to do that kind of stuff, kinda like Keenan and his marathons, why put your body through all that?!?

I hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

Lacy said...

That's pretty cool. He look so little out there and then he puts this massive weight on his shoulders, it is like superman :) Does he win money for that, or just well deserved bragging rights?

_ said...

OKAY SO YEAH HE GETS A T-SHIRT AND TROPHY BUT THAT CAN'T NEAR AS GOOD AS GETTING TO WEAR A SINGLET AGAIN. I'M SURE MY HUBBY MISSES HIS FROM HIGH SCHOOL. oH AND BY THE WAY. I HAD TO SHOW ALL MY HOUSEHOLD HIS VIDEOS CAUSE I THOUGHT IT WAS SO AWESOME. aARON ASKED ME IF HE NEEDED TO START LIFTING. I SAID NO, I LOVE YOU JUST THE WAY YOU ARE AND HE SAID "GOOD, CAUSE I'M NOT GOING TO"
WAY TO GO SPENCE!!

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