Little Chuck was watching Big Chuck. About 1948, when Chuck Coker, who would later, in 1961, be in on the founding of Universal Equipment company, was working out hard and regularly in his Modesto, California garage gym, he often noticed a young man who would pause at the end of Coker’s driveway to observe the exercises. So, at the age of 16, Chuck Sipes was invited into the gym to learn the iron. William Sipes, Chuck’s father, recalls that Chuck was underweight in high school and wanted to add some size so he could play football. Later, of course, Chuck would run over other body-builders on world class competition playing fields.