|Where do you live?
|How did you come to powerlifting or Olympic lifting?
|Well I actually don’t do what I see here as powerlifting or Olympic lifting. I work with a coach who trains me for strength and physique. Muscle hypertrophy is how she explained it to me. I am obviously very new to the lingo here but am having fun learning.
|Do you have any previous athletic or lifting experience?
|I have been in and out of the gym scene for a long time. A lot of boot camp style classes and (hehe) aerobics, back in the 80’s
|Do you compete? Why or why not? If you compete, what do you like most about the competitions?
|I do not compete. I do understand the benefit of having a goal to work towards though. Because I didn’t want to be on stage my trainer suggested training and prepping as though I were and then doing a private photo shoot. I did warm up to that idea and did that for my 60th birthday.
|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 work with my strength coach 2 times a week and also do Orange Theory classes 3-4 days a week. I highly recommend having a coach, for me it is about accountability as well as her knowledge.
|Where do you train? Gym, garage?
|Fit4You with my trainer and Orange Theory
|What is the hardest part about beginning lifting as an older woman?
|I can’t think of anything that feels hard about it. But if I didn’t have my trainer I would have never made it to where I am.
|How has lifting affected your health?
|Lifting heavy, building muscle in combination with a clean diet is what enabled me to get my weight and body composition where I feel the best. I love feeling healthier and stronger at 61 than I did at 41.
|What would you tell women just beginning this journey?
|One step at a time and seek out a professional that will work with you in whatever style you’re interested in.