How badass is Rendy DeLaCruz?
Well, the Texas strongman can lift you and everyone who shows up at your house for Thanksgiving dinner. At once. And he can eat the entire meal by himself.
DeLaCruz spent Memorial Day weekend in Charlotte, N.C., where, prior to NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600, Rendy pulled Matt Kenseth’s 3,500 pound race car 100 feet in just 26 seconds.
The feat of strength was devised by the makers of Jeremiah Weed. The beverage brand has commissioned DeLaCruz and other extreme “badasses” — an alligator wrester, a demolition expert and more — for a series of “This is Jeremiah Weed” ads viewable on their Facebook page (www.facebook.com/JeremiahWeed). The clips promote a new line of malt beverages: Lightning Lemonade, Roadhouse Tea and Spiked Cola. As part of the car-pulling stunt, the company also distributed vouchers for cab rides in Charlotte to help racing fans make it home safely.
“Nah. I have been doing this for 10 years. As a strongman, I want to accept any challenge. It’s part of the job; people expect you to lift whatever they point at.”
In this promotional role, will you be doing more lifting stunts, and what’s the creative process like for a strongman: do you sit down for lunch and think “I could lift that fridge, that pizza oven… that food truck?”
“I spend time looking at stuff that’s not supposed to be picked up, figuring out how to pick it up. Then, I pick it up….I definitely want to do more with Jeremiah. I am up for doing anything for a good cause (like the cab rides program).”
“What I’d like to do is pick up two Smart cars. I’d like to figure out how to put a bar through them so that the Smart cars would be like 45 pound plates on a weight bar. Then I want to deadlift it.”
“Yeah…One time at a competition, this guy who looked like he could pick up the world tried to lift 1,100 pounds, but he couldn’t and he blew both of his knees out; the weight just crushed him. We had to get the weight off him and call an ambulance…. He just got owned by the weight. Guys try to test themselves, but you need to know your limits; it can kill you if you’re not careful.
“On heavy days or hot days, I like to drink the Spiked Cola. It’s got just a little alcohol content, so it’s a good drink for those days…In this Texas heat, my wife likes the lemonade.”
You consume 12,000 calories each day: What’s a normal breakfast, lunch and dinner menu for you?
“In the morning, I have 2 cups of oatmeal and 20-30 egg whites, depending on the day, and a weight-gainer shake. I eat like that every 2-3 hours…At lunch, it’s some fish, a few pounds of meat and maybe some rice or vegetables and then for dinner another few pounds of meat, like ribs – I eat 4 to 5 pounds of meat each day – and a potato and a vegetable…. 12,000 calories is a standard day, but on a heavy lifting day I can do as many as 14,000.”