Athlete Bio – Sheryl M. Cohen


Sheryl M Cohen
Weight Class
49kg (sometimes 45kg)
Where do you live?
Squat PR:
Bench PR:
Don’t really bench – maybe 40kg
Deadlift PR:
Clean & Jerk PR:
Unofficial 67kg
Snatch PR:
Unofficial 53kg
Years lifting?
How did you come to powerlifting or Olympic lifting?
Have been Olympic lifting since high school – married my coach years later and then became a coach myself.
Do you have any previous athletic or lifting experience?
Lifting since I was 15, hubby is 2 time head Olympic Coach for Weightlifting. I have competed in the Olympic Festival twice, many time Masters National Champion, Junior and Collegiate Champion.
Do you compete? Why or why not? If you compete, what do you like most about the competitions?
I compete in Olympic lifting, getting ready for my first Powerlifting meet this year. I love the adrenaline of competition- pushing you past where you think you can go.
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?
My husband has always been my coach- but he does remote and in person programming for others.
Where do you train? Gym, garage?
We run a gym for Olympic lifting, it is county subsidized, built for the Olympics in 1995 as a legacy and place for athletes to train.
What is the hardest part about beginning lifting as an older woman?
Facing your fears, finding a coach and place to train. Also dealing with aches and pains of arthritis for me.
How has lifting affected your health?
Lifting has kept me in shape all my life. It has given me goals to stay in a weight class and fight the obesity and health problems that run in my family
What would you tell women just beginning this journey?
Don’t be afraid to lift heavy. Women are stronger than we think.
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Sheryl Cohen