He is known for the Thomas Inch dumbbell, known as "172", a dumbbell that weighs 172 lbs and 9 ounces(78.27kg). It was extremely difficult to lift, partly due to its weight, but primarily because its handle was very thick (2 3/8 inches(6cm) in diameter) making it difficult to hold on to without an outstandingly strong grip. There were numerous reports that there was a hole in the original 'bell, in which Thomas would place a nail; thus allowing him to arrest any rotation and lift it. On June 22, 2002, professional wrestler and powerlifter Mark Henry completed a successful clean and jerk of the Thomas Inch Dumbbell using only one hand.
In 1909 he refused to compete in a weightlifting match against the Austrian strongman Max Sick (Maxick), who had recently arrived in London. However, by 1910 Inch had become a heavyweight and so relinquished his middleweight title to Edward Aston, and a competition was quickly arranged against Sick.
Pro Wrestler Justin Gamache portrayed Sir Thomas Inch in the silent feature film Silent Times. It is directed by Christopher Annino and Geoff Blachette and was released in Italy on September 14, 2018. 
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