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Chuck Sipes

August 22, 1932 – February 24, 1993
Sterling, Illinois, USA

 

Born in Sterling, Illinois, Chuck Sipes moved to Modesto, California, with his family when was a youngster. His was a rugged physique, and he preferred lifting heavy weights over contest posing. Nonetheless, Sipes won the 1960 NABBA Mr. Universe, the 1960 IFBB Mr. Universe, and the inaugural 1968 IFBB Mr. World.

He later achieved his goal of winning an over-40 division when he was crowned Mr. Pacific Coast in that category in the spring of 1974 in Portland, Oregon. Sipes weighed 220 pounds at his peak, and he performed a celebrated strength act during which he would blow apart hot-water bottles, bend iron bars and break chains.

Always interested in spreading the influence of bodybuilding, Chuck started the American Bodybuilding Club in the 1960s. He charged only $1 as a membership fee. His altruism was further demonstrated by the fact that he worked with disadvantaged kids, through the auspices of the California Youth Authority in Stockton, for more than 20 years.

As an artist in later years, Sipes used his massive forearms to deftly move his paintbrush over canvas to depict Western landscapes. He was also an avid mountaineer. Sipes retired to Northern California, where, depressed by his physical inability to pursue the outdoor activities that had been his joy, he ended his own life on February 24, 1993.

 

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