Journey to Success
By Greg Justice
LIVING A PASSION, F
In this world, there are men – and then there are giants. rederick C. Hatfield – known to most in our industry as “Dr. Squat” – was always destined to be part of the latter group. No matter who you were or what you were hoping to accomplish in your life, Fred had a way of firing you up to work toward your passion. After spending just a few minutes with him, you believed that the impossible is merely just an obstacle; that the world can be conquered with enough hard work, passion and dedication.
Fred left a legacy before he left us – and if my suspicions are correct, I have a funny feeling he’ll continue to inspire generations of athletes with his inability to be held down by the laws of nature. Ask most people in the fitness industry if they knew “Dr. Squat,” and chances are you’d hear an incredible story about Fred. Perhaps my favorite is how nonchalantly he would talk about what is arguably his most incredible life achievement: being one of the first men to squat over 1,000 pounds in com-
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petition (more accurately, he squatted 1,014 pounds with a body weight of 255 pounds). I once asked Fred, “What made you think you could do something like that?” and he replied, “First, you’ve got to believe. But what made me believe? It was a very simple operation…I did a line of best fit on my 165-pound lifts, my 181-pound lifts and my 198-pound lifts, and I extended that line until the line crossed 1,000 lbs. I saw that I needed to weigh at least 255 lbs. to squat over 1,000 pounds, and I did it.” He also told me that once he made up his