Athlete Bio – Donna Opuszynski

Donna Opuszynski deadlift

Donna Opuszynski
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Where do you live?
Harrisburg Pa
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Years lifting?
40- 5 years as a powerlifter
How did you come to powerlifting or Olympic lifting?
I wanted to play a sport at age 55. I accomplished some records in softball and basketball earlier in life and wanted to pursue something different. Then I vended at a Raw Powerlifting event and saw 50-70 year old men competing along with a handful of women. I always loved strength so I looked into training as a powerlifter and the rest is history.
Do you have any previous athletic or lifting experience?
Played many sports years ago and been lifting weights for 40 years.
Do you compete? Why or why not? If you compete, what do you like most about the competitions?
I have a competitive edge in me and like to win!. What I love about the competitions is the camaraderie.
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?
My coach is Bentz Tozer of Max Fitness. We meet up 1x/week on season. He was a recommendation from business associates. When looking for a trainer make sure they have a powerlifting background.
Where do you train? Gym, garage?
Crunch – Harrisburg Pa
What is the hardest part about beginning lifting as an older woman?
Pacing yourself, over training and remember that I am not 25 anymore!
How has lifting affected your health?
As far as I know- in good health, no medications and look young.
What would you tell women just beginning this journey?
I stated to lift because I didn’t want to use a walker in my old age. My Mother was an uncontrollable Diabetic and I didn’t want to be like that. These were the motivation in my youth. Find a motivation to stay healthy! Refuse to be a part of the system and have vision for good health. If you have a killer spirit like me- compete!