|Where do you live?
|Laguna Beach, CA
|125 pounds (unofficial)
|Clean & Jerk PR:
|95 pounds (unofficial)
|68 pounds (unofficial)
|How did you come to powerlifting or Olympic lifting?
|My husband is a 60+ World CrossFit Games athlete (placed 5th and 6th a few years ago). He suggested I would like CrossFit, and I did for two years. A year ago, my coach suggested I try Olympic lifting to get stronger for CrossFit but I only lift now because I love it so much.
|Do you have any previous athletic or lifting experience?
|My prior athletic experience was competitive “mom” tennis, and running – half marathons and one marathon.
|Do you compete? Why or why not? If you compete, what do you like most about the competitions?
|I have competed in two Olympic meets, one in January and one in February. My goal was to qualify for Masters Nationals in April, and I did! I compete so that I stay focused on improving and making measurable goals. I like the competitions because I can hang and cheer on my sisters in lifting!
|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 only train one-on-one with an awesome coach. Look for a trainer who knows the technical aspects of Olympic lifts.
|Where do you train? Gym, garage?
|I train at Left Coast CrossFit where they have lifting platforms.
|What is the hardest part about beginning lifting as an older woman?
|For me, it was getting my first coach to take me seriously. Also, some of my friends don’t understand and don’t seem to want to understand it. Thankfully, I do it for me. My current coach wanted me to gain 10 pounds, which was very difficult, but I did it.
|How has lifting affected your health?
|I have always been very healthy so this has only changed my body composition. My husband loves the way I look and how I feel.
|What would you tell women just beginning this journey?
|Don’t worry about how much weight you are lifting. The most important thing is to get your form correct from the start. Trust the process! I also like to watch videos from Hookgrip on Instagram to see how the pros do it.