What an absolutely awesome thread idea.
Age 12: first time I squatted 170 pounds, with my dad in our old breezeway. The number might sound weird, but I got my start lifting at home with my dad on a set of Standard plates with a bar that weighed 30 pounds, and our biggest plates were 35’s, so this was my first time moving “2 big plates” per side on any lift.
Age 13: first time I benched 200 pounds, felt like a big deal because our high school had lists on the wall for people that year who hit various benchmarks (200 bench, 250 bench, 300 bench, 200 clean, 250 clean, 400 squat, 500 squat…I think those were all of them) and I felt SUPER cool as an eighth grader to be strong enough that I was on one of the lists.
Age 17: first time I benched 300 pounds.
(As with many teenagers, I liked benching more than anything else)
Age 21: power cleaning 315 pounds the summer before my senior year of college football.
(Ages 23-27, I was off running, biking, rock climbing, and not really lifting…)
Age 29: deadlifting 500 pounds for the first time.
Age 30: deadlifting 600 pounds for the first time.
Age 32: deadlifting 620 two months after my son was born; the number itself has no significance, but setting a PR after my son was born showed me that I didn’t have to give up on strength gains just because I now have parental responsibilities.
(As some of you know, now I take him to the garage with me sometimes and put him in his little jumper while I lift…gotta get him in the right mindset early)