Doug Hepburn was a famous strongman and weightlifter from Canada, best known for winning numerous weightlifting medals in the 50’s and various feats of strength he used to perform during the same period.
The public became aware of Doug’s presence in 1953 when he won a gold medal at World Weightlifting Championships in Stockholm, after successful 1030 lbs Olympic 3-lift-total. Hepburn was the first man who managed to bench 400, 450 and 500 pounds and at one point he set a world record in deep knee bend squatting, using 630 pounds.
As a part of his training for the weightlifting championships, Hepburn toured Canada and performed as a strongman, showing many feats of strength, like finger lifting, oil can bursting, ripping feats and some more traditional ones, such as bench presses, squats, curls etc.
Apart from being a professional weightlifter, Douglas Ivan Hepburn was also involved in hand balancing. With more than 280 pounds in bodyweight at that time, Hepburn could do five reps in the tiger bend and twelve reps in the handstand press – which goes to say there is no excuse for avoiding bodyweight exercises and hand balancing, even if you are large framed. It’s definitely easier if you are lighter, though.
In the picture below, we can see incredible combination of strength & balance as Doug holds 205 pounds barbell plus 145 pounds person on top of it.
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