The lifter behind Tor Equipment
Hi, my name is Johannes Wisby Andersen, and I have been competing in equipped powerlifting in the Danish IPF affiliate since 2010. As most lifters, I spent the first years in powerlifting bulking up through the weight classes. Now I have settled into the -93 kg class (although everyone agrees that I should probably be in -120 kg). My best competition results are:
- Squat: 307,5 kg
- Bench press: 150 kg
- Deadlift: 292,5 kg
- Total: 750 kg
How it all started
As an equipped lifter, I frequently use wooden boards to help break in bench press shirts. In 2016 however, I grew frustrated with the wooden boards in my local gym. Their velcro mechanism was initially clever, but the velcro was wobbly and got worn out. I thought it must be possible to make a better solution that was modular, stable and would not wear out; so I set off prototyping different solutions. Half a year and several prototypes later, Tor Equipment’s first product was born, the Tor Bench Boards.