|How did you come to powerlifting or olympic lifting?
|I train at a gym where strength programs are designed and written about every six weeks. I enjoyed seeing my progress and then asked to compete in Powerlifting when I felt like I had decent numbers to compete.
|Do you have any previous athletic or lifting experience?
|I have trained in gyms and with trainers for a long time but I had never learned Powerlifting. Squat, bench and deadlifts were all new to me and it was fun.
As for athletic experience it seem so long ago but I did dance (hip hop and jazz) and do gymnastics as a young person.
|Do you compete? Why or why not? If you compete, what do you like most about the competitions?
|I do compete twice a year. I started in 2014 and then this year I actually competed three times and it was a bit too much and I got Injured before Raw Nationals which was my third comp for 2018. So ten comps so far.
|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 do have a coach at my gym. It is helpful to have a trainer who know about Powerlifting or lifting in general. Also—if they know how to write programs that is a huge bonus.
|Where do you train? Gym, garage?
|I train at Results Fitness owned by Alwyn and Rachel Cosgrove.
|What is the hardest part about beginning lifting as an older woman?
|The older I get the longer it takes for my body to recover. I am thankful that I am at a gym that knows about writing Powerlifting programs and I am thankful for my rest and recovery days.
|How has lifting affected your health?
|I am so much stronger and more confident. I walk with better posture and feel so much better.
|What would you tell women just beginning this journey?
|Be patient with your progress. It takes time to get stronger and it happens as you keep at it. You will surprise yourself with how strong you are.