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Terry Todd

Terry Todd (born January 1, 1938),[1] is a former Powerlifter, and Olympic weightlifter.[2] Todd is co-founder of the H.J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports, co-editor of Iron Game History: The Journal of Physical Culture, and creator and event director of the Arnold Strongman Classic.[3] Todd has also held a career as a journalist on the staff of Sports Illustrated magazine, as well as doing commentary for CBS, NBC, ESPN and National Public Radio.[3] Todd lives with his wife Jan on a 300-acre (1.2 km2) cattle ranch on the San Marcos River with a large collection of animals including 5 peacocks, a Percheron draft horse, 50 cattle, two Sicilian donkeys, an English Mastiff dog, an Emu, and three Maine Coon Cats.[2]

Terry Todd
Jan and Terry Todd.jpg
Terry Todd and wife Jan Todd in the reading room of the H.J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports.
Born Terry Todd
(1937-12-31) December 31, 1937 (age 80)[1]
United States Austin Texas
Occupation powerlifting, Olympic weightlifting, historian
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 335 lb (152 kg)
Spouse(s) Jan Todd
Competition record
Representing  United States
AAU US National Championships[1]
1st 1964 +90kg
1st 1965 +90kg
2nd 1966 +90kg
Olympic weightlifting
Representing  United States
Junior National Weightlifting Championships
1st 1963 +90kg


Athletic HistoryEdit

Terry Todd began as a weightlifter in 1956, and won the Junior Nationals in Olympic weightlifting in 1963. He then turned to Powerlifting, and won the first two national championships in 1964 and in 1965 (the first official Senior Nationals) as a superheavyweight.[2] At the 1965 Nationals, Todd became the first man to squat 700 lbs. in competition, although the actual weight was in fact 710 lbs.[3] at a bodyweight of 335 lbs.[4] Dr. Todd became the first man to total 1600, 1700, 1800, and 1900 pounds in competition. His best official lifts were: a 720-pound squat, a 515-pound bench press, and a 742-pound deadlift.[4] Todd retired from competition in 1967.[4]

Later yearsEdit

Terry Todd was directly involved in the development of the sport of women's powerlifting. He helped Jan Todd organize the first national women's meet in 1977, and coached the women's Canadian team, with Jan, from 1976-1979.[2] In 1979, Todd was elected to the Executive Committee of the United States Powerlifting Federation. Todd lobbied for, and ultimately achieved autonomy for the women's committee, but finally abandoned the USPF when he could not convince the organization to institute a steroid testing program for men and women lifters.[2] In 1977, when the World Powerlifting Championships were televised in the USA for the first time, Todd was the color commentator for NBC. In the following few years, he also did color commentary for national and international powerlifting events for NBC, CBS, ESPN, and the BBC, some of which involved women's powerlifting.[2]

In 1977, Todd published the first major book about powerlifting, called Inside Powerlifting.[2] The book profiled seven of the leading powerlifters of that period, one of whom was his wife Jan Todd. Terry Todd covered the major national and international powerlifting events during the 1970s and 1980s for such magazines as Muscular Development and Iron Man.[2] He also helped to introduce powerlifting to a larger audience through his articles in Sports Illustrated, covering such lifters as Lamar Gant, Bill Kazmaier, Larry Pacifico, and Jan Todd.[2]

In 1966 Todd received his doctorate degree from the University of Texas. Once he stopped competing, he became a college professor in 1967 at Auburn University.[4] Todd taught at several universities in both the United States and Canada before finally returning to the University of Texas 26 years ago.[4] Todd retired from the classroom in the 1990s and is currently the Director of the H.J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports, a 27,500-square-foot (2,550 m2) library/museum, which is housed in the football stadium at the University of Texas in Austin.[4]

In 1990, Terry Todd and Jan Todd founded the H.J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports, which is housed in the Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium at The University of Texas in Austin. It contains more than 150,000 books, photos, films, magazines, letters, training courses, videotapes, posters, paintings and artifacts.[3] The collection covers the history of competitive lifting, professional strongmen and strongwomen, sports nutrition, bodybuilding, naturopathy, conditioning for athletes, drug use in sports and alternative medicine.[3]

In 2001, Todd was asked by Arnold Schwarzenegger to create a Strongman contest for the annual Arnold Sports Festival, which is held in Columbus, Ohio. This competition is known as the Arnold Strongman Classic. and is considered to be the most prestigious contest in the Strongman sport.[4]

Personal recordsEdit


  1. ^ a b c "Todd Terry - powerlifting and bench press performances, records, bio, photo, video". Retrieved 2014-06-27. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Archived from the original on March 24, 2009. Retrieved May 25, 2010.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ a b c d e "Feature Story: Body of Work: Two record-setting powerlifters pump up world's largest physical culture collection". Archived from the original on 2013-06-20. Retrieved 2014-06-27. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Terry Todd". 1938-01-01. Retrieved 2014-06-27.