|67 (68 this July)
|120 k (meet) equipped
|73k (meet)equipped. 63 k (meet) raw
|137.5 k (meet) equipped
|How did you come to powerlifting or Olympic lifting?
|Volunteered at a meet.
|Do you have any previous athletic or lifting experience?
|Started out bodybuilding.
|Do you compete? Why or why not? If you compete, what do you like most about the competitions?
|Yes I do. I like to challenge myself. Lifting in the gym (or in my case the garage) is one thing. Doing it on the platform is another. The hype. The camaraderie. The thrill. I love it!
|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 trained with a coach in the past and I do have one now. He is a friend and also a past powerlifter. My advice is to make sure they respect who you are and where you are in life and your goals.
|Where do you train? Gym, garage?
|I train in my garage.
|What is the hardest part about beginning lifting as an older woman?
|I first started Powerlifting at age 40. I loved it and really fell right into. There weren’t a lot of female powerlifters back then (early ‘90’s), let alone older ones so it was hard being a female in the sport. I have found as I’ve aged I’ve had to change my style of training. I need more time to recover from heavy lifts and if I injure myself, it takes longer to heal. I really focus on staying healthy and injury free.
|How has lifting affected your health?
|I am very healthy and I find I am more conscious now than ever before on keeping myself that way. Lifting helps lower my stress level, builds bone density, keeps me agile and in good physical shape.
|What would you tell women just beginning this journey?
|Set yourself some realistic goals to reach in a timely manner. Long range goals a good to have but short ones help keep you motivated as you reach them. Find a good training partner. Learn proper technique. Train smart and treat any injuries immediately. Have fun!