Doug Beaver: Gone but not forgotten

Doug Beaver, born in Ohio in 1943, got into bodybuilding at age 11 when he was inspired by fitness magazines. He began by doing his all-time favorite exercise, chin-ups, with ten sets of ten reps every day. He ordered a $19.95 York 110 pound weight set and worked out in his family basement; then progressed to the YMCA weight room.

Beaver was on the wrestling team in high school, played football in college, and was on the wrestling team in the U.S. Army while stationed in Hawaii, and Thailand.

Doug has been training, off and on, for the past 12 years. He began using weights to train for wrestling, when his coach put him under the tutelage of Bill Thomas, then the Ohio state lifting champion. Doug trained on the Olympic lifts for a year and a half and then made his lifting debut at the Pittsburgh Boys Club, winning second place in his class.

At this time was he bitten by the bodybuilding bug and lifting forthwith went by the board. He continued under the guidance of Thomas, progressing in bodyweight from 145 to 175lb in the space of 9 months.

During the early 60s Bruce Randall was travelling the midwest speaking and demonstrating for a barbell manufacturer. When he appeared in Marion, Ohio, Doug met him and has an opportunity to discuss bodybuilding and training with an expert. It was then that he decided to bulk up to a bodyweight of 250lb and train down to 200lb for the main contests. He joined with Joeal Sansone as a training partner and they applied themselves to the task of gaining size and weight.

They trained together 7 days a week, for 2 1/2 hours per workout. In the summer months they increased their training to twice a day, a session in the morning and another at midnight, when they got off work. No break was permitted in this routine and in two years they attained their goals.

In Doug’s case, this meant a weight of 252lb, 54 inch chest, 20 3/4 inch arms, 32 inch thighs, but a 43 inch waist.

Doug enrolled in Heidelberg (Ohio) College on a football and wrestling scholarship. During three college years his training was confined solely to working out for his two competitive sports and bodybuilding fell by the wayside. His weight dropped drastically and his size along with it.

At the end of three years he had to leave college because the money ran out, and he lost no time in going back into hard bodybuilding.

At the Junior Mr. America contest in York Doug came near to electrifying the audience. His muscularity was sharper than at any other time during the years, with arms and abdominals that were spectacular.

It is not too much to say that he was truly sensational in his intense definition and vascularity, combined with great muscle size. From then on the was a star in all the other national contests.

The Beaver physique is a distinctive one, with emphasis on the upper body. Doug is still working hard on his calves, since they are the stubborn parts of his body. High thighs are big and muscular but those calves let him down.

This is a common failing, of course, among men who have been active wrestlers or gymnasts, with highly developed upper bodies. When you look at Doug you are immediately impressed by his powerful wrestler’s neck and his immensely broad shoulders with deltoids like the proverbial melons.

He has very thick traps as well and the total muscular ensemble that tops off his physique expresses the epitome of power.

The Beaver arms have become famous. They are presently a full 19 1/2 inches of exceptional muscle. His biceps are huge and full but it is his triceps that will blow your mind. They are unquestionably the greatest triceps yet seen and represent the ultimate in development that muscle. Doug’s forearms are also outstanding, with full muscle masses and sinewy definition. He was not big-boned, had relatively small wrists, ankles, hands and feet.

Most bodybuilders who have developed extreme muscularity give diet credit for a major part of their physical transformation, and so does Doug.

He eats an average of four steak meals a day and one egg meal, plus one quart of milk a day. His usual diet also includes desiccated liver and vitamin E; when pulling out the “cuts” he uses lecithin, choline, inositol and kelp in large quantities. Whenever possible, he eats a meal every 2 1/2 hours – small meals with at least 30 grams of protein.

He trained 6 days a week for 2 1/2 hours each workout of concentrated intensity. 

Life after bodybuilding
Beaver served as general manager for European Health Clubs, in Orlando, Florida, and vice president for the Jack LaLanne International Health Centers in Torrance, California,working with owner Wynn Paris, and in Houston, Texas with Beaver opening his own health club called Fitness Connection.

Douglas Manning Beaver succumbed to heart failure in 2016, at age 73.

Doug Beaver’s achievements

Mr America – AAU, 23rd
Mr America – AAU, 8th;
Junior Mr. America – AAU, 6th;
Junior Mr America – AAU, Most Muscular, 2nd;
Junior Mr USA – AAU, 4th;
Junior Mr USA – AAU, Most Muscular, 3rd
Mr North America – AAU, 3rd;
Mr USA – AAU, 6th;
Mr USA – AAU, Most Muscular, 3rd;
Mr World – AAU, 3rd;
Mr World – AAU, Most Muscular, 3rd
Mr America – AAU, 3rd
Junior Mr America – AAU, 5th;
Mr Southeastern USA – AAU, 2nd
Mr Florida – AAU, 2nd;
Junior Mr America – AAU, 4th;
Junior Mr America – AAU, Most Muscular, 1st;
Mr World – AAU, 3rd;
Mr World – AAU, Medium, 2nd;
Mr World – AAU, Most Muscular, 2nd
Mr America – AAU, Medium, 3rd
Mr America – AAU, Medium, 12th;
Mr International – IFBB, MiddleWeight, 8th
Masters Nationals – NPC, HeavyWeight, 3rd

IM July 1974

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