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Other ill-advised weightlifting programs in Iowa history

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You no doubt have read about the Iowa football team's recent misadventures in weightlifting, but it turns out that Iowa's strength and conditioning coaches have a history of creating routines that go well beyond what is considered healthy, safe, or logical.

#1: Daniel Murray ordered to hold up leaning tower of Pisa for entire 2010 off-seasonMurraypisa_medium

This routine, created as a joint project between Iowa strength coach Chris Doyle and Silvio Berlusconi, led to Murray severely injuring his left shoulder and missing most of the 2010 season.

#2: Bruce Davis told to lift Saturn V rocket, August 2008

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Davis strained his back lifting the 6,699,000 lb. rocket and suffered severe burns on his arms when the chemical boosters accidentally ignited.

#3: Bryan Bulaga made to roll giant boulder up hill for all eternity, fall 2009 Bulaga_sisyphus_medium

Bulaga was given this arduous task as punishment for being late to practice.  Don't worry about him, though -- he managed to trick Markus Zusevics into taking over the task by telling him: "Hold this for a minute while I go get some Slim Jims."  Bulaga is now safe and working in Green Bay, WI and Dallas, TX.

#4: Matt Kroul ordered to hold up planet earth on his mighty shoulders, 2008

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Kroul actually suffered no injuries performing this task and is still at it today, keeping everything safe for the rest of us.

#5: Josh Koeppel instructed to perform "high velocity horizontal truck press", 2010

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