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If they had told me it would take 21 years of training before I would finally squat over 500 lbs...

I got my first gym membership in 1980 when I was 14 years old.  I worked out consistently until I was 27.  In those early years, I was always interested in getting stronger.  I competed in powerlifting between the ages of 21 and 27.  I was never particularly good at it but I enjoyed the camaraderie and the process of slowly increasing personal records.

Back in those days (87'-93'), there was only equipped lifting so we competed in squat suits, used knee wraps, and near the end of that period, the first rudimentary bench press shirts.  As a result, I never tested my 1 RM "raw" squat.  Back then, my 1RM in a squat with knee wraps and squat suit was 500 lbs.  Even though the internet nowadays likes to somehow claim the suits and knee wraps of the early 90's were equal to today's singlet and tight knee sleeves, this was not close to the truth.  I got almost 100 lbs from my Marathon squat suit and Marathon Goldline knee wraps.

In 1993, I moved to Toronto, Ontario…