Lee Moran - The First Man To Officially Squat 1000+ Pounds In A National Powerlifting Meet by Ben Tatar of CriticalBench.com
One Of The Most Amazing Lifts In Powerlifting History
Today, powerlifting is dominated by gear, but back in the USPF senior
nationals in 1984, the first 1000 pound squat took place!
It was Lee Moran! He was 5'6", thickly muscled, but a big waist! He wore
a Marathon squat suit, which was a polyester suit. His hurricane wraps by pat's power products, were elastic.
Out of this type of gear the lifters only got about 25lbs to their present max. There were No monolifts or anything back
Now to the attempts....
Well, Lee opens with 945. He walked out, he was staggering, stumbling, the
crowd was in a frenzy! He passes slap out! Falls, spotters cant touch the
weight! He falls flat on his back! In fear they scream "nooooo, oh my
Despite this real TV like tragedy, he continues to fight like a champion.
Time for second attempt! He unracks the weight, staggers out again, his nose
explodes with blood! Lee is gasping for air, every breath, the blood is
flying, he takes a deep breath, and descends to a rock bottom squat, creeps
out of the hole, so slowly, it was one of the hardest gut wrenching squats I
have ever seen! He shakes at the top, but with a loud bellow, he finishes!
Lee is beet red, and gasping, and blood every where! The crowd gets insane
and this only increases the attitude to this hardcore powerlifting freak
scene!!! Now, Here is where it gets good.
Third attempt, 1003! Lee comes out, looks to the crowd, and bellows, and
screams for some support. He staggers out, crowd is going nuts! Lee is so
red, it doesn't look real! Then POW, the collar snaps, all the 100 lb plates
slide off one side, whipping the bar across Lees back!, slinging plates
everywhere, lee covers up for protection, spotters running etc! What a
They decide to grant him a fourth attempt! Due to faulty equipment! 1003
again! Lee staggers out, with the crowd at this time just in pure
pandemonium! He sets up.. nose explodes again and gets the squat signal. He
descends again so slowly and rock bottom depth! He starts up, and to
everyone's surprise, it's a smoke show! Pow, he explodes to lock-out! The
crowd goes absolutely wild!
Lee racks the weight, runs to the front of the platform, raising his fist in
victory, blood dripping down his face, beet red face! what a display of
guts! To me that was the best squat of all time! And from that day forth
powerlifting was EXTREME!!!