Terry Todd Strength and Conditioning Coach

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Terry Todd began Olympic-style weightlifting in the early 1960's and transitioned into power-lifting, winning many national competitions and setting impressive records, including being the first man to total 1600, 1700, 1800, and 1900 pounds for the squat, bench press, and dead-lift combined. His best official lifts were: a 720 pound squat; a 515 pound bench press; and a 742 pound dead-lift. He competed until 1967. Todd's long and impressive career has included being managing editor of Strength and Health, university professor; powerlifting coach; strength and conditioning coach; and television color commentator and top official for several of the earliest "World's Strongest Man Competitions," as well as several World Power-lifting Championships on CBS and NBC. He also created and directed the "Strongest Man in Football," a television show on CBS that ran for three years and wrote articles for Sports Illustrated, as well as numerous books and articles for both popular and academic journals. Todd and his wife, Jan—also a champion power-lifter—have co-edited Iron Game History—the Journal of Physical Culture since 1990. Over the years, together they have collected countless books, magazines, photos, videos, films, posters, and artifacts dealing with the field of physical culture. Todd is currently the director of the H.J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports—a 27,500 square foot library/museum, which is housed in the football stadium at the University of Texas at Austin and which provides a wealth of archival information that follows the development of Physical Education, Weight Training, Sports Conditioning, and Competitive Sports that is unmatched.

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