Athlete Bio – Anita McCullough

Anita McCullough
Weight Class
Where do you live?
Kansas City, MO
Squat PR:
205lbs workout 185lbs meet
Bench PR:
105lbs workout 95lbs meet
Deadlift PR:
215 workout 205 meet
Clean & Jerk PR:
Snatch PR:
Years lifting?
How did you come to powerlifting or Olympic lifting?
I started out with doing boot camp 6 days a week. We had competitions and games and I enjoyed competing in them, and did quite well. It led to curiosity about what else I could do. I researched Powerlifting and wondered if I could do it. I had my first meet in February 2023 and won first place! Now I’m ranked in the top 20 nationwide for my federation.
Do you have any previous athletic or lifting experience?
I have been a dabbler off and on for years. Nothing official or truly competitive.
Do you compete? Why or why not? If you compete, what do you like most about the competitions?
I do compete. It helps with my goal setting and gives me a sense of satisfaction. I hope to continue on for many years to come.
Equipped or Raw?
Do you have a coach or trainer? In person or online? How did you find your trainer/program? Do you have any advice for women looking for a trainer?
I do have a coach. I found him through my husband’s gym, MVP. He is a competing power/Olympic lifter, studied weightlifting in college and is super excited to be coaching me. He has taught me so much and has remarked on how teachable I am.
Where do you train? Gym, garage?
I train at a gym that is multifaceted and expanding.
What is the hardest part about beginning lifting as an older woman?
The soreness almost daily. It’s hard to get used to that. But, I’ve been learning what to do for those occasional aches and pains and I have developed a regiment that helps.
How has lifting affected your health?
I feel stronger, more confident. I’ve lost some weight, toned muscles and feel mentally younger.
What would you tell women just beginning this journey?
Don’t give up. It’s for quality of life, perhaps even quantity.