Athlete Bio – Jen Thompson

Jen Thompson LVD_3483

Jen Thompson
Weight Class
63 kg
Where do you live?
Denver, NC
Squat PR:
345 lb gym PR
Bench PR:
330 lb gym PR
Deadlift PR:
457 lb Meet PR
Clean & Jerk PR:
Snatch PR:
Years lifting?
How did you come to powerlifting or Olympic lifting?
I came into powerlifting accidentally. I had been working out with my roommates, we had free weights in our rental home. I liked the changes I started to see in my body and the strength I was going. I was starting to catch up to some of the males in our group. On my honeymoon, we walked into a bench press competition on Muscle Beach. Afterwards, I spoke with some of the participating athletes and decided this was something I could do.
Do you have any previous athletic or lifting experience?
I was a long distance runner and I competed on the Marine Fitness Team in high school.
Do you compete? Why or why not? If you compete, what do you like most about the competitions?
I have been competing for over 20 years. I love the camaraderie among the athletes, pushing myself to new heights and performing in front of a crowd.
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 personal coach in my husband, Donovan. We have developed many programs throughout the years that have developed me into the lifter I am today. We just recently put all this experience and success into our app
It has programs for anyone of all levels, plus it is tried and true!
Where do you train? Gym, garage?
We train in our home gym in the basement.
What is the hardest part about beginning lifting as an older woman?
I began in my late 20’s but have been able to carry on into my 40’s. There are not many females who have had such a long career. Many leave the sport after marriage or giving birth. I have made it such a part of my life that I have continued on.
How has lifting affected your health?
I believe for the most part it has made me extremely healthy. It has propelled me to eat right and strengthen my entire body. I have suffered a few injuries throughout my career, but nothing that I considered sport ending.
What would you tell women just beginning this journey?
It is an amazing community of people. We celebrate each other and our individual victories. We are always looking to expand our tribe, jump in!
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