Athlete Bio – Beth Anne Moonstone

Beth Anne Moonstone
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How did you come to powerlifting or Olympic lifting?
The barbell saved my life. A few years ago, some life-long injuries I had became severe. A doctor told me I would never walk without pain and gave me pain meds and a cane. This led to a few years of pain, struggle and depression. Then my daughter encouraged me to reject this diagnosis and find a solution. I found a new medical team and started walking and educating myself. Slowly this went from a walk around the neighborhood to hiking mountains. Then I started general strength training trying to try and build some strength. Then through researching lifting form and strength routines to try I discovered powerlifting and I have never looked back. I was hooked.
Do you have any previous athletic or lifting experience?
I had been an avid hiker most of my life but I never played sports or considered myself an athlete. I had never felt comfortable with sports until I found lifting. Now I also compete in Olympic style archery and coach archery as a USA Archery Level 2 Instructor.
Do you compete? Why or why not? If you compete, what do you like most about the competitions?
Yes. My goal is to compete a few times a year. Competitions help me to set goals and challenge myself.
Equipped or Raw?
Raw and modern
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?
In the years since first discovering my passion for strength training I have worked to learn all I can about this sport, human biomechanics, strength training and mobility. I have become a Strength Coach, USPA Certified Coach, USA Weightlifting Level 1 Coach, Certified Personal Trainer (CPT-NASM), a Certified Pre and Postnatal Coach (CPPC) through Girls Gone Strong and attended numerous workshops on compound lifting, functional training and mobility work. I coach and organize my own team, the Be Awesome Strength Team.

I would advise people looking for a coach to speak to multiple people and perhaps look outside their comfort zone. Look for someone who both knows body mechanics well AND is a good coach. Being a good lifter is not the same skill set as being a good coach. I would encourage you to look for someone who will challenge you to push towards your own personal goals (not the trainers).

Where do you train? Gym, garage?
I run a small private strength and conditioning gym: Be Awesome, Be Strong.
What is the hardest part about beginning lifting as an older woman?
As an older lifter it is hard to find a peer group of lifters or find a support community. There are a number of lifters and strongwoman/man athletes at my gym but not many in my age group. Being an older lifter comes with some realities that just aren’t the same for those in their 20’s.
How has lifting affected your health?
Lifting has changed my life. I have gone from someone resigned to pain and injury to being able to feel that I can take on anything I want in life. I am stronger than I have ever been, happier and more resilient.
What would you tell women just beginning this journey?
Find your thing and go for it!