You might want to stay off this Santa’s naughty list this year—or there might be some hell to pay. Albie Mushaney—who goes by Big Bad Santa, for obvious reasons—is a titanic dude with a penchant for doing 600-plus-pound deadlifts and yoke carries in (yes) a Santa suit. According to his Facebook page, Mushaney is a competitive powerlifter and strongman who loves nothing more than crushing a whole lot of weight and then following it up with a belly laugh. (He also has type-2 diabetes, according to his page, which makes his dedication even more impressive.)
And hey, it makes sense: What better way to train for carring a bag full of presents around the world than a bunch of earth-shaking deadlifts?
Here’s a look at some of
Mushaney’s Santa’s most badass moments from the North Pole powerlifting club.
It takes some big muscles to get that Christmas sleigh going.
Mushaney hits a 625-lb deadlift double:
Seems like all I do is reps…for a year or so. My last official pr was 625 in contest about year a half ago even though before nationals I tripled 620. So when coach @mikeyk413 called for 90% of my 1rm I used the Wendler calculator and came up with 635. So I did it a couple times, then the power went out in my gym. Since we are in the basement of a 3 story building it got pretty dark. Finished the workout in the black with a single at 650. Was going to double it but something was wrong with my set up and failed to get it past 4 inches. Set it down, reset a little then made it happen. I feel pretty good about the day but I am disappointed in myself from a fix standpoint. I didn't eat enough today or yesterday (call it guilt from the 11 pound Thanksgiving binge). Well I'm back on the job and will be ready for Kennewick in two weeks. Special shout out to my boy @strongmandrew for finally getting that injury monkey off his back. #deadlifts #jackedsanta #FReKfamily #FReKstrong #polarexpress #sponsormysupplementsplease #santa
Santa needs to bulk up to lift all those bags of presents:
Because sometimes I do silly shit. Tonight is 70% of all five events from the contest next Saturday. Got them done in less than 2 hours and I'm feeling strong and ready for combat. Tis the season for ass kickins. As always my number 1 Swelf @strongmandrew with the camera. @teamfrek #jackedsanta #FReKfamily #FReKstrong @cerberus_strength_usa #superyoke For licensing and usage contact email@example.com
If you don’t stay on Santa’s good side, you might be in trouble:
Some of that Thanksgiving press medley action. Could've been a bit quicker but I did three rounds. Be sure to head over to FReKware.com for 20% using promo code "Thankful". Have a great Thanksgiving and just remember, nobody has to make weight tomo so eat as stupid as you want lol. I've been saving my cheat meals up and I'm going to get my money's worth. #FReKfamily #FReKstrong # Thanksgiving #sale
Doesn’t matter if the power goes out—if Santa wants to lift, he’s going to lift:
My gym is in the basement of a three story building and when the power goes out at 9 pm it gets a little creepy. I'll be dammed if that keeps me from the last set. 650 didn't feel right at first pull but after a reset it moved nicely. Competing on the 10th in Kennewick at the Winter Strength ProAm so it's going to be quiet this week, time to rest and recover. #jackedsanta #polarexpress #deadlift
A truck with half a ton of kegs in the back? No problem:
Does this suit make me look fat? Lol did a local contest today and qualified for the USS nationals next June. Decided to be silly for the crowd, only needed 1 rep but did 3 for fun. Took some pics with some kids afterwards and that is what is all about. Ford ranger with 1000 lbs of kegs in the back was a little bit of work. It was a good day and a great show presented by the future of strongman in the northwest and fellow member of the polar express @strongmandrew Let's not forget the shirts provided be @teamfrek and the trophies provided by @kamikaze.sports.nutrition #truckdeadlift #FReKstrong #FReKfamily #jackedsanta #teamfrek #polarexpress
If anyone knows his way around a sled, it’s this guy:
Better hope the reindeer are feeling up to it this year:
Getting some skwaats done. Hard to tell in this pic but I'm down a few more pounds lol. 339 is the lightest I've been in almost 2 decades but I'm going to wreck that tomorrow. Giving thanks that some farm let my turkey grow with some good hormones all the way to 21 pounds before chopping its head off lol. The #gutofpowah is on full display. #skwaats #santa #jackedsanta #squats #slingshotwraps