Athlete Bio – Mary Sittman

Mary Sittman
Weight Class
Where do you live?
Panama City
Squat PR:
165 official; 185 workout
Bench PR:
82.5 official
Deadlift PR:
215 official
Years lifting?
How did you come to powerlifting or Olympic lifting?
I was doing Crossfit and wanted to get stronger. A group of women in my gym got together and started training.
Do you have any previous athletic or lifting experience?
As a “youngster” I avoided physical activity at all costs – I just wanted to be left alone to read! When I turned 36 I became concerned with my weight gain. I started running. Eventually I went through all the fitness regimes – spinning, body pump. I finally found Crossfit about 9 years ago!
Do you compete? Why or why not? If you compete, what do you like most about the competitions?
I compete to stay motivated to train.
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 have an online Starting Strength coach. After Hurricane Michael destroyer our town and all our gyms, I hired an online coach to do my programming.
Where do you train? Gym, garage?
I train in my garage with my sister.
What is the hardest part about beginning lifting as an older woman?
How long it takes to make gains and how quickly they go away with the slightest break in training.
How has lifting affected your health?
I’m fitter than I have ever been.
What would you tell women just beginning this journey?
Just show up (and leave your ego at the door).