Hugh Jackman And The Dogpound Join the 1000 Pound Club

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From Left: Thomas Farley, Myers, and Jackman Photo: Courtesy of Kirk Myers

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

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Grace Capobianco, CEO/Publisher of Downtown Media & Production was born to be a visionary. She has spent the majority of her life working, developing and marketing innovative media products that not only engage and inform but also bring entire communities together. Utilizing her personal vision as a professional guide, Grace started her first company, Tropical Publishing, when she was just 27 years old and from this moment on, she knew that entrepreneurship was her passion. On a perpetual quest to bring innovative and relevant news to communities, she also created, developed and published the first ever Chamber of Commerce magazine for the Palm Beaches, The South Florida Office Guide. Evolving within the realm of publishing, she moved on to launch Up The Coast magazine in the 1980’s, a guide to Jupiter, in north Florida, where the population aggrandized from 9,000 to more than 70,000 today, and then continued to hone in on niche markets with the launch of publications like Alternative Medicine and NewBeauty. Simultaneously, she launched ATSI, a telecommunications company, which sold Mitel and Siemens products to her publishing clients. The idea of Downtown Magazine NYC was born for Grace in the wake of the devastation of 9/11. A Lower Manhattan resident at this time, Grace saw firsthand the incredible sense of community the neighborhood had demonstrated during these trying times, as well as its immense strength and perseverance. She explored every angle of launching a magazine that would speak to this community but initially felt the timing was just too soon. It wasn’t until 2010 that Grace felt the community was ready to hear its voice and launched Downtown Magazine NYC.