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Hepburn’s Law by Doug Hepburn

Hepburn’s Law by Doug Hepburn

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Introduction by Peter Yates, HOPC Editor

As a youngster there was nothing to suggest the latent potential possessed by Doug Hepburn. However once he had commenced training he promised himself to become the strongest man in the world. In order to achieve this end he embarked on various methods of training, while keeping detail of the results, discarding what was not useful and creating a system that worked from that which obviously worked for him. He became one of the very strongest men of all time and remained so for most of his life.

It had a similar effect for others who put the necessary time and effort into his programs. Hepburn’s system is not flashy but is based on solid training principles which if followed will cut out a lot of wasted effort in a trainee’s quest for both increased strength and muscle size. This is a system for building a firm foundation from which other types of training may be employed. If you are seeking real world power and muscular size look no further than Hepburn’s Law.

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Doug Hepburn – Sept. 16, 1926 – Nov. 22, 2000

Doug Ivan Hepburn was a Canadian world-champion weightlifter.

Born in Vancouver with a clubbed foot and cross-eyed, Doug Ivan Hepburn overcame these handicaps, setting a Canadian record for weightlifting in 1950 and winning gold medals at the 1953 World Championships in Stockholm and the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Vancouver. He was named British Columbia’s Man of the Year for 1954.

Hepburn won gold medals at the 1953 World Championships in Stockholm.

After his successes as a weightlifter, he became a professional wrestler late in 1954, signing what was announced as a five-year contract with Toronto promoter Frank Tunney.

Less than 18 months later, the relationship between Tunney and Hepburn ended, but Hepburn continued to work as a professional wrestler in the Vancouver area until 1960.

Like his father and stepfather he battled with alcoholism, and this combined with depression made for a hard private life

Hepburn opened a gym at the age of 37. Perhaps inspired with his own battles against addiction, Hepburn became a strong advocate of drug free athletics. Hepburn was a singer and songwriter, releasing a Christmas tune, the Hepburn Carol.

Hepburn won gold medals at the 1953 World Championships in Stockholm.

He had literary ambitions and had a large output of essays and poems and other writings. In his later years he custom-built gym equipment and marketed protein powder and other sports supplements.

Hepburn died of a perforated ulcer at age 74. He has been inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame (1953), Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame (1955), and the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame (1966). – Wikipedia

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Body Power Is The Key To Weightlifting Success by Doug Hepburn

(as told to Charles A. Smith)

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“Doug Ivan Hepburn was a Canadian world-champion weightlifter. Born in Vancouver he set a Canadian record for weightlifting in 1950 and won gold medals at the 1953 world championships in Stockholm and the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Vancouver. He was named British Columbia’s Man of the Year for 1954.

After his successes as a weightlifter, he became a professional wrestler late in 1954, signing what was announced as a five-year contract with Toronto promoter Frank Tunney. Less than 18 months later, the relationship between Tunney and Hepburn ended, but Hepburn continued to work as a professional wrestler in the Vancouver area until 1960. Hepburn opened a gym at the age of 37 and became a strong advocate of drug-free athletics.

Weight Training Central is currently featuring in its Articles section, “Body Power – The Key to Weightlifting Success by Doug Hepburn as told to Charles A. Smith. Reproduction – originally published in Muscle Power magazine July 1958.”- Roger Fillary

HOPC Ed. Note: “DOUG HEPBURN was certainly well qualified to give advise on such a topic. Apart from technique tips given by Chas Smith, Hepburn was self taught and worked things out by trial and error plus an intelligent mind.”-Peter Yates

HOPC Ed. Note: :DOUG HEPBURN was certainly well qualified to give advise on such a topic. Apart from technique tips given by Chas Smith, Hepburn was self taught and worked things out by trial and error plus an intelligent mind.-Peter Yates

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