Doug often performed feats of strength before his matches, hence the dumbbell by his feet.
Doug’s finishing move was an inverted bear-hug, using his great strength to squeeze the life out of his opponents until they had no choice but to submit.
Having to clean the dumbbells first is an altogether different lift although while training at Yarick’s Gym, Doug had previously strictly cleaned and pressed a pair of 142 pound dumbbells.
Unsurprisingly, Doug also set a new world record in the press that year with a 366-1/4 pound lift.
Showing that a heavy bodyweight isn’t an obstacle, the great Doug Hepburn could easy perform handstand pushups at the drop of a hat at 305 pounds. Handbalancing is still very much a discipline that will benefit every strength athlete.
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.
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.