Doug Hepburn’s 1953 Training Cycle

An absolute goliath in the training world, Douglas Ivan Hepburn or Doug for short, was one of the most respected athletes of the mid-twentieth century. Winning gold medals at the 1953 World Weightlifting Championships, the 1954 British Empire Games and a series of other contests, Hepburn is perhaps best known for his incredible power. Indeed, the Canadian … Continue reading Doug Hepburn’s 1953 Training Cycle


Workout for a Working Man (1956)

How many reps? How many exercises? Eccentric or Concentric? These are some of the questions we ask ourselves when we are building our monthly routines or entering the Iron Church for one of our sporadic sessions. Here is an example of a workout performed several years back that can still prove useful today. The first … Continue reading Workout for a Working Man (1956)

The Tortuous History of the Treadmill

Did you know that the Treadmill was once a form of torture? In the early 1800s, an English Civil Engineer named Sir William Cubitt devised the World’s first treadmill as a means of punishing and reforming England’s prisoners. Disgusted by the idleness of the prisoners at St. Edmond’s Gaol in Bury, Cubitt believed that hard … Continue reading The Tortuous History of the Treadmill