I was simultaneously shocked and shamed by the site’s recent post on Jackson Powell. For those who haven’t seen it, Powell, a seventeen year old powerlifter from Tennessee, recently posted a video on Instagram of him squatting 885 lbs. Two things immediately came to mind. First that Powell completed the squat with incredible style and, second, that people’s perceptions of strength have increased exponentially in recent decades. When I was seventeen, a 300lb squat was otherworldly. Powell nearly tripled that for fun.
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