Terry Todd, weightlifting champion dies at 80
Powerlifting community has suffered a great loss with the passing of legend Terry Todd, who passed away at 80 years old. Terry Todd was the creator of the Arnold Classic Strongman competition and also the founder of the Stark Center for Physical Culture.
Terry was one of the Great Pioneers of Strength Sports. He was influential in the strength sports community, helping to both legitimize and popularize strength sports as an athletic career, an academic discipline, and a focus of broadcast and written media.
The bodybuilding legend Arnold Schwarzenegger shared two tweets on Sunday and also posted in the r/strongman subreddit.
“I remember the first time I saw Terry Todd in Gold’s Gym after I moved here, lifting weights I couldn’t believe. He was such a monster – a true force, but also a kind heart and a great storyteller.”
“He used those powers to be a fantastic leader for the fitness crusade. He was the ambassador of strength, the historian of health, the advocate for iron. My thoughts are with his family, and my workout tomorrow is for him. I hope you’ll join me in dedicating your lifts to Terry.”
He used those powers to be a fantastic leader for the fitness crusade. He was the ambassador of strength, the historian of health, the advocate for iron. My thoughts are with his family, and my workout tomorrow is for him. I hope you’ll join me in dedicating your lifts to Terry.
— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) July 9, 2018
View this post on Instagram
Dr. Terry Todd has passed away. If you are new to strength sports you should look him up. He started out in weightlifting and then moved to powerlifting. He was the first person to squat over 700 in competition with a 710 squat and was the first to total 1900. Dr. Todd authored the first book on powerlifting and did colour commentary when meets were actually on TV. In 2001 he created the Arnold Strongman Competition which is arguably the most prestigious strongman event in the world. Dr. Terry Todd was a true ambassador and without his work the strength sports would not be where they are today. – – – – – – – #legend #terrytodd #strengthsports #ambassador #strongmantraining #strongmansunday #bluecollarstrength #weightlossjourney #weightloss #powerlifter #powerlifting #strongman #weightlifting #bodybuilding #crossfit #fitness #training #workout #strength #garagegymlifeapparel #garagegymexperiment #garagegymlab #squat #benchpress #deadlift #theverticaldiet
Terry Todd and his wife were inducted into the International Sports Hall of Fame at the Arnold Sports Festival this year.