|Beth Anne Moonstone|
|200 official, 250 unofficial|
|130 official, 135 unofficial|
|290 official, 315 unofficial|
|How did you come to powerlifting or Olympic lifting?|
|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 I 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 twice a year. Competitions help me to set goals and challenge myself.|
|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 started out with an amazing in-person coach. We met when he saw me lifting on my own at the gym and invited me to join a strongwoman class he runs. It surprised me, but, his training style and personal outlook was exactly what I needed. He pushed me to do the work, to do what I love, to constantly learn about myself and this sport.
In the 4 years since then I have made it my passion to learn all I can about this sport, human biomechanics, strength training and mobility. I have become a Strength 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 now coach and organize my own team, the Be Awesome Strength Team. I am looking forward to taking USPA Coach Certification this spring as I continue my education.
I would advise women 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 women to look for someone who will challenge them to push towards their own personal goals (not the trainers).
|Where do you train? Gym, garage?|
|I run the strength and conditioning facility Be Awesome, Be Strong as part of the Sattva Center for Archery in Florence, MA. I also have a home garage gym set up.|
|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!|