Bio for Patrick Chen
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My introduction to the iron was in high school where I was fortunate enough to join an after school weight training program hosted by the high school art teacher. The traditional body building routine was the routine of choice at the time. Everyone in the program wanted to look like the person on the cover of the Muscle and Fitness magazine.

Fast forward 16 years later and my journey to power lifting started with a severe lower back injury at the gym. The injury had made me realize that I needed to start a program that would make me strong from the top of my head to the tips of my toes. After some research, I found that a powerlifting routine would be the way forward.

Competing in powerlifting was never on my radar but after enough convincing from my workout partners (Leon, Paul, and Chris), I found myself on the platform competing for the first time at the Ottawa Open in 2017 and am looking forward to future meets. I am still very thankful to Leon that he took the time to be my handler for my very first meet.

What attracts me to the sport of powerlifting is the excitement of PRs. Whether it's watching someone I know hit a new PR or hitting a new PR myself, there is nothing in the world that can replace the feeling of the excitement/happiness/accomplishment of a PR and realizing you are stronger than you thought you were. If you are just starting in the world of powerlifting or are a season expert to the sport, Never stop getting stronger and get your PR on!