Athlete Bio – Robin

Robin L

Weight Class
Squat PR:
255lbs unofficial
Bench PR:
150lbs unofficial
Deadlift PR:
250lbs unofficial
Years lifting?
How did you come to powerlifting or Olympic lifting?
Started working with the strength and conditioning coach at my daughter’s HS after 30+ years of running/Pilates/yoga.
Do you have any previous athletic or lifting experience?
Running, Pilates, yoga. HS basketball.
Do you compete? Why or why not? If you compete, what do you like most about the competitions?
No. I have SI Joint dysfunction and I have to be extremely careful how low I squat. I always squat to a box for the safety of my back. When my back is acting up I deadlift off of blocks. For me it’s not worth the risk to my back to push as I would need to in a competition.
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 hired a HS strength and conditioning coach.
Where do you train? Gym, garage?
A High School fitness center.
What is the hardest part about beginning lifting as an older woman?
People don’t get why I do what I do. I can tell they think it’s “unnecessary.” When I was a runner and much thinner I received tons of compliments. Now people say nothing.
How has lifting affected your health?
Stronger. Energized. Improved body awareness and back health! I feel as if I can do anything now! When I was a runner I was always exhausted and run down.
What would you tell women just beginning this journey?
There is nothing else as satisfying or empowering! I feel so much more confident. 3.5 years ago I started this and last year became a certified Strength and conditioning coach at the urging of my trainer. I am now the assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at my daughters HS. I LOVE inspiring the younger generation! So now I am a lawyer by day and coach in the afternoon and weekends!