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Doug Hepburn - Strongest Arms in History


* Regardless of lifters weight classes or type of barbell used. Heaviest Weight lifted WINS!

1. Doug Hepburn (photo above) - 116 kg (255 lbs) - Straight Barbell - (1959)
2. Denis Cyplenkov - 113 kg (249 lbs) - Ez Bar - (2015)
3. Luther Rogers - 107 kg (235 lbs) - Straight Barbell - (1960)
4. Larry Wheels - 105 kg (231 lbs) - Ez Bar - (2020)
5. Bruce Randall - 103.6 kg (228 lbs) - Straight Barbell - (1954)
6. CT Fletcher - 102 kg (225 lbs) - Ez-Bar - (?)
7. Hermann Goerner - 100.2 kg (220.5 lbs) - Straight Barbell (1932)
8. Hafthor Bjornsson - 83 kg (183 lbs) - Ez Bar - (2020)
9. The Gorilla Corey West - 82 kg (180 lbs) - Ez-Bar - (2019)
10. Maurice Jones - 80 kg (176 lbs) - Straight Barbell (?)



* Old School Rules regarding Strict Curling: Click here.

** Current Strict Curl "online" Rules **

  • Upper back and butt must stay in contact with wall during full curl motion.
  • During lift, lifter can take a close or wide foot stance.
  • Heels must be 12" / 30 cm from wall during lift.
  • Head, upper arms, wrists and elbows can move as much as you want as long as back and butt remain against wall.


Doug Hepburn Performing a Strict Barbell Curl - Photo by Ray Beck


Strongman Doug Hepburn (1926 - 2000) who was the 1953 World Weightlifting Super Heavyweight Champion, strictly curled a MASSIVE 255 lbs (116 kg) back in 1959! He used a straight barbell.


"On May 20, 1959, I curled 255 in good form and also swing-curled 300; this was done at a show here in Vancouver in the presence of AAU officials. Bodyweight 285 pounds." ~ Doug Hepburn

Quote Source: Ironman article: "Developing Curling Power" - March, 1961 (see below).

Doug Hepburn - Strength Feats


The current World Record holder hasn't actually improved on the strict curl. Instead, the record has been lowered! As to the reason why...Who knows? That official record today is owned by Denis Cyplenkov with a strict curl (using an Ez-Bar) of 249 lbs (113 kg). Photo below shows Denis setting his first Strict Curl World Record with 108 kg (238 lbs).

Denis Cyplenkov - 108 kg (238 lbs) Strict Curl - 1st World Record

Keeping track of records throughout history is very challenging as rules keep changing. Doug Hepburn's record on the strict curl should still stand today as it was done standing freely while using a straight barbell. Cyplenkov's curl is a slightly different lift, his back and shoulders are braced against a wall and he's using an Ez-Curl barbell which does make the lift easier, especially on the wrists.

More strict curl stats will be added soon so keep checking the leaderboard! If YOU come across any documentation (photographs or videos) that details any lifters performing "Strict Barbell Curl" strength feats, then post them below.

In the mean time I'll leave you with an impressive photo of Cyplenkov's arms...The man is a BEAST!!

Denis Cyplenkov - Crazy Genetics


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