Douglas Ivan Hepburn (1926 – November 22, 2000) was a Canadian strongman and weightlifter. During the 1950s he was publicly known as the “world’s strongest man”.
Here’s the routine that Doug Hepburn used prior to the B.E. Games was this:
650lb all one single rep
700lb for 5 singles (5min rest between heavy poundages)
First high pull singles: 350lb, 400lb, 440lb, 475lb, 500lb,
5 Singles: 520lb (rest: 3-5 minutes)
After pulling 440lb he used straps or as the called “metal hand grips” something the same as used by Paul Anderson these enabled him to concentrate on the pulling without tiring hands.
He was pulling 520lb about 4 or 5 inches above the waist. According to Doug Hepburn these high pulls are also a great chest and shoulder developer..
After pulling 520lb he would continue on deadlifts (not high pulls).
He worked up to singles with 700lb.
Doug never combined upper body movements (pressing) with this routine. Upper body and lower body should never be worked at the same time when training for maximum strength. He did not use to train very strict. He may used to rest one day or two days
Bench press (dead stop, wide grip)
380lb 1 single
400lb 5 single
430lb 5 single
460lb 5 single
480lb 5 single
Standing Press From Rack
350lb 1 rep
370lb 5 reps
380lb 5 singles
Note: This is the routine Doug used to train for 430lb standing press.
Doug’s best lift at this time (1956)
Bench: 502lb (3 seconds pause)
Olympic press off stands: 430lb 4 reps
Two Arm Curl: 245lb
One Arm Press 195lb
Jerk from shoulders 600lb
Side press 250lb
Height: 5ft 9 1/2inch
Neck 19 1/2 inches
Chest 58 inches
Waist 47 inches
Hips 48 inches
Thigh 32 1/2 inch
Arm 21 1/2 inches
Forearm 16 inches
Wrist 9 inches
Reg Park Journal – December 1956