Doug Hepburn was arguably the first bench press superstar. Throughout the early 1950’s, he became the the first man to officially bench press 400, 450 and then 500 pounds. Above, he toys with 460 lbs at an exhibition.
The bench press has become a much different lift these days. Note that Doug bench pressed in a singlet, without arch and the bench above didn’t even have uprights Doug’s training focused purely on strength development and his results speak volumes even many decades later.