Athlete Bio – Beth Anne Moonstone

Name
Beth Anne Moonstone
Age
48
Weight Class
220
Squat PR:
200 official, 250 unofficial
Bench PR:
130 official, 135 unofficial
Deadlift PR:
290 official, 315 unofficial
Years lifting?
4
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?
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!