|Sheryl M Cohen
|49kg (sometimes 45kg)
|Where do you live?
|Don’t really bench – maybe 40kg
|Clean & Jerk PR:
|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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