Goggins has remained relatively unknown despite decades of record-setting performances. He was the first to squat 1102 lbs in competition at a bodyweight of 263 lbs! He was also the first to squat 500 kilos and pull 400 kilos in the same meet and the first 242 pound lifter and under to squat 1000 lbs.
While he didn’t win every competition, for years, Goggins seemed invulnerable. To quote EliteFTS CEO, Dave Tate, “In over thirty years of powerlifting, roughly a quarter century of that handling weights in excess of 800lbs, he’s never suffered a serious injury. Never.”
If this were a comic book, the streak would continue unbroken. But even a tank occasionally needs repairing. In 2000, Goggins’ left hip
began to bother him. Still he continued to lift heavy. Two years ago at 49 years old, Goggins pulled an 800lb raw deadlift but was already suffering from a degenerative disc disorder and arthritis.
In February of 2015, he underwent surgery to replace the bad hip. After such a monumental career, many lifters would rest and enjoy the fruit of their labor. Instead, Goggins turned his focus to his other passion. Passing his wealth of hard-won knowledge to the next generation of young lifters. But that doesn’t mean he’s hung up his own singlet yet.
I caught up to Goggins at his home in Marietta, Georgia where we listened to Barry White and Michael Jackson while discussing his phenomenal career, his thoughts on the state of powerlifting and his plans to return to the competition platform. Want to read more? Grab a copy of the digital issue at thepowermagazine.com for physical copies, stop by your local Barnes& Noble or Books-A-Million.