Athlete Bio – Roberta

Roberta - Deadlift

Weight Class
63kg – potentially 72 again in the future
Where do you live?
Squat PR:
120kg (meet pr) 126 (gym pr)
Bench PR:
67.5kg (meet pr) 70 (gym pr)
Deadlift PR:
167.5kg (overall pr)
Clean & Jerk PR:
Snatch PR:
Years lifting?
On and off since college. Powerlifting competitively 3 years
How did you come to powerlifting or Olympic lifting?
I was doing crossfit. A crossfit coach was impressed by my deadlifting and suggested I do a powerlifting meet. I thought I would hate the stress and the pressure. But it was amazing. I have now quit crossfit and only compete in powerlifting.
Do you have any previous athletic or lifting experience?
I have been active since high school. I did marathon running and bike racing in my 20s and 30s. Then started crossfit in 2008.
Do you compete? Why or why not? If you compete, what do you like most about the competitions?
Yes. I went to IPF worlds this year in Helsingborg, Sweden. I love the feeling you get when you complete a meet. I love the camaraderie. I love being part of a community. I love being incredibly strong. And that’s strong period, not strong for my age.
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 a coach who I work with online. However, he lives near me so we meet in person occasionally. He usually attends my meets. He was recommended to me by a crossfit coach. Ask strong people for recommendations!! Make sure to get someone who will take age into consideration.
Where do you train? Gym, garage?
I train part time in my home gym and part time at a small independent gym. I built the home gym in December, the best thing I’ve ever done!
What is the hardest part about beginning lifting as an older woman?
I didn’t begin lifting as an older woman, so it’s hard for me to answer this. I have always felt confident and bad ass in a weight room. Don’t doubt yourself. Don’t make excuses.
How has lifting affected your health?
My health is great. Powerlifting is much better for my adrenal glands than crossfit was. I sleep better and losing weight is easier!
What would you tell women just beginning this journey?
Lifting weights is fun!! Be proud of what you can do and don’t compare yourself to others.