This past Saturday, actor Hugh Jackman completed a 355-pound squat, a 235-pound bench press and a 410-pound deadlift that earned him a spot in the 1000 Pound Club. Trainer Kirk Myers and the other members of The Dogpound, where Jackman trains, held an event devoted to the challenge over the weekend. A long time friend and trainer to Downtown Magazine CEO Grace A. Capobianco, Myers operates the West Village training group that includes NYSE president Tom Farley, former America’s Next Top Model judge Nigel Barker and two Olympic-medal winners.
Mayers and the other members of The Dogpound have been training for the challenge and held a special event devoted to helping the trainees achieve the goal. No small feat, the challenge entails lifting weights through bench press, squats and deadlifts that, when combined, are equal to or greater than 1000 pounds. It seems like a challenge reserved for Olympic athletes and sadists, but it has become prevalent among athletes, fitness fiends and even celebrities. Jackman, who is well known for his fitness habits that produce his amazing, silver screen-worthy body, accomplished yet another amazing strength-related feat by completing the challenge.
Pleased with the event, The Dogpound hopes to host many more 1000 Pound Challenge events as well as have the proceeds from the event go to charity. Check out The Dogpound and schedule a session with any one of the charismatic and motivating trainers to help reach your own fitness goals, 1000 pound or otherwise!
You can also check out Jackman, triumphantly joining the 1000 Pound Club here:
-by Johanna Silver