Iron Man Lifting News

Posted on Saturday, March 30th, 2013 by John Wood

Iron Man Lifting News October 1968

Peary Rader’s Iron Man magazine covered many different lifting topics but focused primarily on bodybuilding.  For those who were more interested in heavy lifting of other types, in June of 1954, Iron Man started “Lifting News” which covered competitive Olympic weightlifting and what would eventually become the sport of Powerlifting. Lifting News ran for 142 issues.

Above, you’ll find the cover of the October, 1968 issue featuring Mel Hennessey, lifting in the 242 lb. class (at a body weight of 217 pounds!), bench pressing 560 pounds at the Northwest Invitational Power Meet held June 22nd of that year in St. Paul Minnesota.

Doug Hepburn Benchpresses 460 Lbs.

Posted on Saturday, March 16th, 2013 by John Wood

Doug Hepburn's Bench Press

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.
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Doug Hepburn

Posted on Wednesday, October 12th, 2011 by John Wood

Doug Hepburn was born in Vancouver B.C. on September 16th, 1927. He was of average height and build and took up weight lifting to bulk up. Soon it became very apparent that Doug wasn’t so average after all…Although Hepburn had a slight handicap (a club foot) that did not stop him from becoming one of the most powerful men in history. Hepburn became a Senior World Champion in 1953 and set eight World Records during his career.

Here’s a look at his best lifts:

Right Hand Military Press: 175 lbs.
Two Hands Press (Off Rack): 440 lbs.
Behind Neck Press : 350 lbs.
Two Hands Curl: 260 lbs.
Bench Press: 580 lbs.
Jerk-Press (Off Rack): 500lbs.
Two Hands Snatch: 297-1/2 lbs.
Two Hands Clean & Press: 381 lbs.
Squat: 760 lbs.
Two Hands Deadlift: lbs.