At 24 years of age, his measurements were as follows:
Weight: 230 pounds
Note the continued use of globed barbells and dumbbells long after they went out of style.
Just a few years earlier at the 1924 Olympic Games, the athletes still had a choice of either using a solid, revolving, plate-loaded barbell like you would see these days, or the archaic shot-loaded globe barbells of year’s past.
All the members of the French weightlifting team, including Rigoulot, chose to lift with the oldtime globe barbells instead of the modern plate-loaded ones… Interestingly, Rigoulot won the gold medal in the light-heavyweight class while his teammate Edmond Decottignies also took home the gold in the light-weight Class.
Like many big athletic competitions, this event was held at the famous Voltaire Gymnasium in Paris. Originally built in 1870, the Voltaire Gymnasium is still around, if you know where to look… it has been preserved and athletic events are still held there to this day. It’s pretty amazing to think that you can go lift in the same place that Charles Rigoulot and Louis Hostin set many of their records.
The extremely long globe barbells leaning up against the wall on left are a pretty interesting concept… The large, open sand pit was to prevent breakage to any globes which may have been dropped during use. This gym is where the great lifting champion Charles Rigoulot got his start.
Rigoulot was also the first man to clean and jerk over 400 pounds, lifted Apollon’s Wheels. and broke 57 weightlifting records over the course of his career. One of these records was a one-arm snatch of 261 pounds, which will likely never be broken. Rigoulot was also a very successful professional wrestler and his greatest match was against fellow strongman Milo Steinborn.