Melissa “Mo” O’Keefe
|Currently 75kg. Has changed every meet.
|Where do you live?
|Metro Detroit MI
|Meet: 231 lbs. gym: 260 lbs
|Meet: 104.5 lbs, gym: 140 lbs.
|Meet: 259 lbs. gym: 300 lbs
|How did you come to powerlifting or Olympic lifting?
|I was working with a personal trainer and saw her compete once. I was HOOKED, and knew I wanted to do that too.
|Do you have any previous athletic or lifting experience?
|Never touched a barbell before turning 45.
|Do you compete? Why or why not? If you compete, what do you like most about the competitions?
|I have done 3 meets so far, and just registered for my 4th. I love the atmosphere, and seeing what I can do each time. Not every meet goes to plan, but each is a learning experience.
|Equipped or Raw?
|Raw, tested and untested.
|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 am one, and I have one. Even coaches need coaches. I work with mine mostly remote, though she is local to me so we do some in-person work also.
|Where do you train? Gym, garage?
|During Covid, I converted my living room into a gym. I used to also go to a commercial gym but stopped a year or so ago and now I do everything from my home.
|What is the hardest part about beginning lifting as an older woman?
|I didn’t find it hard at all. I started right out with a coach who took me seriously and understood the way my body works (classic hard gainer).
|How has lifting affected your health?
|My bone density has increased and my mental health is much better.
|What would you tell women just beginning this journey?
|Get a coach. Be patient. Trust the process.
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