Athlete Bio – Sharon Salomon

Sharon Saloman

Sharon Salomon
Weight Class
Squat PR:
155 lb
Bench PR:
105 lb
Deadlift PR:
225 lb
Years lifting?
How did you come to powerlifting or Olympic lifting?
I wanted to get strong enough to do a straight leg push up so I hired the trainer at the gym where I was working out to help me get there. I always knew that I was stronger than most women even though I’d never tried lifting before. After a few sessions, I was able to do 10 push ups (chest to the ground). The trainer suggested we try a squat “just for fun”. I loved it! The deadlift gave me the “high” I never got from jogging. I was hooked.
Do you have any previous athletic or lifting experience?
I’ve always been active. “In my day” most women didn’t do much with sports after they graduated from college but I’m not most women. I played volleyball until I was 8 months pregnant. After I gave birth to my first child, I learned to play tennis because it was really getting popular in the US at that time. After my second daughter was born, I joined a gym for the first time. I loved high impact aerobics. My husband gave me a mountain bike for my 50th birthday. That was fun for a while. Then there was jogging. Never loved any of it until I found lifting.
Do you compete? Why or why not? If you compete, what do you like most about the competitions?
I have competed in the Arizona Senior Olympics for the last 8 years. I want to go to other competitions because at my age (I’d be in the over 75 year Masters 4 group), there aren’t many women. But so far I have not gotten up the nerve to wear a singlet. What I love about the Senior Olympics is the camaraderie. Everyone cheers for everyone else. Sure, it’s a competition but it’s a friendly competition.
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 trainer. He’s an athletic trainer and I know I really need to work with someone who knows more about power lifting but I like the guy so I stick with him.
Where do you train? Gym, garage?
I train at a small training facility. But I also belong to the Y and that’s where I take cardio classes.
What is the hardest part about beginning lifting as an older woman?
I’m always concerned about getting hurt. I do my best to avoid injuries but occasionally they happen. At my age, healing takes a lot longer.
How has lifting affected your health?
I was healthy before because I was active. But I enjoy being strong!
What would you tell women just beginning this journey?
What would I tell women? Have fun. If it isn’t fun, then move on to something that is fun. I don’t follow any special diet. I don’t count macros or avoid carbs or take supplements. Because that’s not fun! I do this because I like feeling powerful. I like feeling that I can take care of myself. I like that my posture is better than many women my age. I like that I stand tall and walk fast. No one needs to help me with my luggage!