PAT HALL

 

Pat Hall was born December 18, 1965, to Bill and Diane Hall in Grand Rapids Michigan. He is the oldest of four boys. From the time Pat was 8 years old he ate, slept, and breathed football!

In 1980 Pat’s Varsity Football coach told him he was too small for football. So he searched for the answer to overcoming his genetics. At 5’4” and 125 lbs., he wasn’t exactly Refrigerator Perry! Although through sheer will and the love of football, he was able to make the all-star teams every year he played up until this point. So once Pat put his heart into weightlifting he gained 20 pounds a year in high school and started as nose tackle his senior year. He was completely hooked on weightlifting. Pat read everything he could on bodybuilding and weightlifting. In 1983 at the behest of that same football coach he entered the Michigan State High School Powerlifting Championship & placed third in the 181 lb. class for 16-17 year old age group. From that day forward, he was hooked on powerlifting.

In 1984 Pat entered the USPF Michigan State Powerlifting Championships where he won the teen class and placed third in the open 181 lb. class. In 1985 Pat won the Michigan Teenage State Championship in the 198 lb. class, weighing 185 lbs. That year he enlisted in US Air Force and was stationed in Minot, ND. He immediately started looking for the local powerlifters and bodybuilders. Sure enough, there was a tight knit group of guys more than willing to help. In particular, a powerlifter named Jack DeShields, the Air Force Champion in 220 and 242 class. The weight room back then was mostly equipment built by the base maintenance group who welded the equipment together. During Pat’s time there, he won several state powerlifting championships and local meets. He had also done some bodybuilding shows as well.

In 1990 Pat felt it was time to step up so he went to the American Powerlifting Federation Nationals and placed 5th in the 220 class. This was also the year he got involved in Special Olympics and became a certified coach in North Dakota. In 1991 Pat became the state chairman for the APF in North Dakota. In 1994 Pat won the USPF Military Championships in the 220 class. He also became the North Dakota USPF State Chairman. Pat attended the 1994 American Drug-Free Powerlifting Association’s Northwest Open. He competed against the Collegiate
National Champion Jim Cahill in the 220 class and won that tough battle. This meet qualified him for the ADFPA Nationals that he entered and placed 4th. In 1995 Pat won the duel sanction USPF/APF North American Powerlifting Championship in the 242 lb. class with a pr 749 squat, 496 bench, and 672 deadlift for a 1917 total. Pat received his Associates Degree, ISSA personal training certification, and started his personal training business. He also left the Air Force and started a new career with the City of Minot Fire Department as a Firefighter/ EMT.

In 1998 Pat returned to USAPL Nationals in the 220 class and placed 5th with the help of his training partner, Gene Bell. Pat also was a chairman that year for the Strongman Competition at the Norsk Hostfest in North Dakota, the biggest Scandinavian festival in North America. Magnus VerMagnussen was the MC for this event as well. Pat tore his bicep helping with the events.

In 1999 Pat moved to Georgia. Not yet fully recovered from his bicep tear and nursing a back injury, he went to USAPL Nationals anyway and placed 5th in the 220 class. In October of that year, Pat went through a 14 week recruit school and another 16 weeks of EMT-Intermediate for the Gwinnett County Fire Department. In 2001 he went to the USAPL Bench Nationals and placed 5th in the stacked 198 lb. class. At this point, the wear and tear on Pat’s body had taken a toll and his work commitments had become too great so the only competition he did in 2002 was the NPC Georgia. He placed first in the Heavyweight class of Georgia’s Finest, a division for police, firefighters, and military. Pat’s comeback to powerlifting began in 2007. He started with some bench press contest, ending that year with winning the APC Nationals in the 242 pound class with a 567 bench. Pat also was able to set three APF American records in the 242 class, 40-44 age division in the bench, deadlift, and total at the Georgia APF State Meet. In 2008 at the Georgia APC State Meet Pat had a catastrophic accident with his opening squat of 826 lbs. that tore both patella tendons, the right ACL, and a partial tear on the left ACL. This ended his competitive full powerlifting career. 18 months later to everybody’s surprise, he returned to full duty as a firefighter. He has also managed to squat 500 and deadlift 640 something his doctor said he would never be able to do!
That squat can be seen on YOUTUBE under Pat’s 826.

Pat’s Powerlifting Statistics:

1983 USPF Michigan State High School 3rd 181 350 270 400 1020
1984 USPF Michigan State 1st teen & 3rd open 181 500 345 545 1390
1985 USPF Michigan State Teenage 1st 198 530 330 550 1410
1987 USPF North Dakota State 1st 198 570 375 600 1545

NATIONAL & HIGH LEVEL MEETS
1990 APF NATIONALS 5th 220 650 424 650 1725
1994 ADFPA NATIONALS 4th 220 705 435 650 1791
1994 USPF Military Championships 1st 220
1995 USPF/APF NORTH AMERICAN 1st 242 749 501 672 1923
1998 USAPL NATIONALS 5th 220 650 474 699 1824
1999 USAPL NATIONALS 5th 220 639 440 650 1730
2001 USAPL BENCH NATIONALS 5th 198 450
2007 APC NATIONALS BENCH 1st 242 567
2007 APF GEORGIA STATE 1st 242 804 644 744 2193

Best Competition lifts:

181 530 330 550 1410 total (marathon suit no bench shirt)
198 650 451 640 1725 total (Inzer Z-suit, Blast shirt)
220 725 474 699 1824 total (Inzer Z-suit, HD Blast shirt)
242 749 500 750 1917 total (Inzer Z-suit, HD Blast shirt)
APF Georgia State Meet
242 804 644 744 2193 total (T-Rex suit, phenom briefs, & Double Rage-X shirt)
275 650 bench press