Athlete Bio – Rachel Consoli

Rachel Consoli

Rachel Consoli
Weight Class
84+ kg
Squat PR:
345 lbs gym pr
Bench PR:
175 lbs gym pr
Deadlift PR:
365 lbs gym pr
Years lifting?
How did you come to powerlifting or Olympic lifting?
I decided it was time to make a change. I quit smoking cold turkey and joined the gym with my other half. We were only going to get healthy when an older gentleman stopped by us and suggested I try powerlifting because I had great squat form. We decided to give it a try and just have some fun. Here we are 3 years later roughly and I now hold all state records in my weight class and plan to continue breaking and setting new ones as long as I can
Do you compete? Why or why not? If you compete, what do you like most about the competitions?
I compete to show other women that it is possible, to prove to myself I can do it, but mostly for the fun of 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?
No coach/trainer, just myself and my husband.
Where do you train? Gym, garage?
Gold’s Gym and soon to be my basement
What is the hardest part about beginning lifting as an older woman?
I think the hardest part for me was when I first started, being intimidated by the equipment and not knowing or being sure how to use some of it
How has lifting affected your health?
It has affected my health by keeping me away from going back to smoking. It has helped me gain strength and confidence I didn’t have
What would you tell women just beginning this journey?
I’d tell them to just get out there and do it. Don’t be intimidated by anyone or anything. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.