|Where do you live?
|How did you come to powerlifting or Olympic lifting?
|I began powerlifting about 2 1/2 years ago after a good friend of mine convinced me to sign up for a competition. Neither she or I had much powerlifting experience but she wanted to see what it was like. That first meet was amazing, I came in 1st place in my age division. This gave me such great self esteem and confidence to continue to see how I could grow.
|Do you have any previous athletic or lifting experience?
|The only experience I had with lifting was several years of working out at a small community gym where we used not traditional weights like cinder blocks, logs, tires and chains. As I look back, I chuckle as we made a make shift bench using an igloo cooler and cinder blocks. We made what ever we had work.
|Do you compete? Why or why not? If you compete, what do you like most about the competitions?
|I currently compete a few times a year
|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 do not have an official trainer but belong to a gym that has a small powerlifting team. The owner of the gym has decades of powerlifting experience and holds many records. We all workout together and critique each other as needed.
|Where do you train? Gym, garage?
|I train at a private key club gym.
|What is the hardest part about beginning lifting as an older woman?
|The hardest part about learning to lift at my age is my lack of confidence. I’m often told it’s in my head and to “get it out of there”.
|How has lifting affected your health?
|Lifting has improved my overall health in terms of energy level, eating habits and weight. Love that part.
|What would you tell women just beginning this journey?
|I would tell women who are just beginning this journey to enjoy it, believe in themselves and have fun. Do it for you, no one else.