After banging out ten reps with the replica Inch dumbbell at the 2005 Arnold Strongman contest, Hugo Girard was in Japan to do more.
Hugo Girard on his way to ten reps with the replica Inch Dumbbell at the 2005 Arnold. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. photo.
As part of a group of athletes selected to break world records in their disciplines, Girard had his sights set on exceeding the mark set at last year's Arnold, and after banging out eight reps with his right arm, he switched to his left arm and did another four reps.
"I think I could have done more," Girard told IronMind®, but explained that his goal was to break the record - not necessarily put it absolutely as high as he could. Nonetheless, Girard was very happy with his performance, especially because he said that he weighed about 35 pounds less than he did at the 2005 Arnold.
Girard went to great lengths to say how gracious his hosts had been and how much he enjoyed his first visit to Japan: "One week is too short . . . I will have to come back."