Dr. Squat


The late Fred Hatfield, Ph.D., (aka Dr. Squat) was the co-founder and president of The International Sports Sciences Association, an organization specializing in certifying personal fitness trainers worldwide, SportStrength Co., manufacturers of highest quality gym and fitness equipment, and ProPower, Inc., manufacturers of high quality performance supplements.

Hatfield wrote over 60 books (including several bestsellers) and hundreds of articles in the general areas of sports training, fitness, bodybuilding, and performance nutrition. Hatfield won the world championships three times in the sport of powerlifting, and at age 45 performed a competitive squat with 1014 pounds at a body weight of 255 pounds (more weight than anyone in history had ever lifted in competition). He was a training consultant to professional sports teams, sports governing bodies, and world-class and professional athletes.

  Click here to see Fred's world record squat!

Career Best Lifts

  • Squat: 1014 pounds
  • Bench: 523 pounds
  • Deadlift: 766 pounds
  • Total: 2303 pounds

  • Snatch: 275 pounds
  • Clean and Jerk: 369 pounds
  • Olympic Lift Total: 645 pounds

  • Supertotal: 2948 pounds


  • What All Squatters Knee'd To Know!

    Squats can be bad for your knees. Period. But they're good for everything else. So good, in fact, that you must do them.

  • Increase Your Vertical Jump!

    Let Dr. Squat guide you through a 21 week workout program with exercises and printable logs to increase your vertical jump.

  • Athletes And The Olympic Lifts!

    But let's get into Olympic lifting, and try to discern whether there's something there for athletes from other sports to benefit from.

  • Powerlifting & Speed-Strength Training!

    Let's take a look at what powerlifting can do for your speed and strength training. Learn the facts from Dr. Squat!

  • Overtraining And Fatigue Among Young Powerlifters!

    No exercise or training program proceeds completely free of difficulty. There are certain problems you're bound to encounter and, therefore, should be on the lookout for...

  • Overreaching and Overtraining!

    Let’s look for answers systematically (there are some, you know!). First, let’s talk about stress. Then about how it causes overreaching and overtraining, and what to look for as markers. Finally, how can we control it.

  • 12 Week Peaking Cycle For Powerlifters

    The 80 day cycle described below allows five days recovery between all squat & bench workouts, and either four or six days between deadlift workouts-four following light squat workouts, or six following heavy squat workouts.

  • All About Melatonin

    Learn what Melatonin is and why you should take it. Master the benefits melatonin and find some factual surprises!

  • The Zigzag Diet For Fast Fat Loss!

    Learn the secrets of fat loss. Also, find out why diets fail, what causes obesity and what the Zigzag diet is and how it will help you lose fat!

  • Kids And Steroids!

    I hear kids talking about 'juice' and using drugs, it prompted me to write this article. Let's get to the meat of the issue. Kids and juice. Let's look at some down-to-earth philosophical issues as well as some research.

  • An Interview With Joe Weider

    People say you were never a lifter yourself, your vitamins are crap, Muscle & Fitness is crap, you make too much money, you lie to kids about the gains they can make.The myths are debunked.

  • Bodybuilding According To Joe Weider: Science Or Marketing Hype?

    Find out what the science of bodybuilding means to Joe Weider, the history behind it, the beginning years and all about the Weider principles and where they came from!

  • Finding The Ideal Training Split!

    Some people tend to thrive on very little exercise, while others seem to be incapable of making gains no matter how hard, long and frequently they train. Learn how to design a program custom tailored to your needs.

  • General Points Of Conditioning For Boxers

    Because boxing is an explosive sport, ballistic training methods are especially effective during weight training for boxing. Learn how to improve your strength and agility for boxing!