Unlike most old time bodybuilders, Chuck Sipes who was born in 1932 in Illinois was deeply involved in feats of strength as well. While he was still a teenager, Chuck’s family moved to California where he wanted to join a school’s football team. Unfortunately, he was too skinny to be part of the team and following this rejection Chuck decided to start weightlifting and build some muscle mass.
Very similar to Bruce Randall, Chuck Sipes started weightlifting to make a football team and ended up being an incredible successful bodybuilder. Chuck won numerous titles, such as Mr. America in 1959, Mr. Universe in 1960, NABBA World Championship in 1967 and Mr. World in 1968. Aside from his impressive bodybuilding career, Chuck regularly performed various feats of strength. In the picture below, we can see him bending 60-penny spike, but he also liked to do long braced feats. And he did all this while working long shifts as a lumberjack with less than optimal diet and recovery periods.
After Chuck retired, his time was devoted to helping the California Youth Authority in Stockton and almost 20 years of dedication has been very successful. Among other things, Chuck managed to change the lives of two troubled young people completely.
Sadly enough, Chuck Sipes died in 1993 after taking his own life due to depression issues which stemmed from the fact that he couldn’t perform his favorite outdoor activities due to various physical limitations.