Athlete Bio – Noelle Dale

Noelle D deadlift

Noelle D
Squat PR:
303 lbs official
Bench PR:
163 lbs official
Deadlift PR:
352 lbs official
Years powerlifting?
How did you come to powerlifting?
My fitness trainer quickly learned that I wasn’t a big fan of conditioning workouts but I really enjoyed it when she let me play with heavy weight. She suggested I sign up for a Powerlifting Strength Cycle to see if I would like it. I immediately fell in love with Powerlifting.
Do you have any previous athletic or lifting experience?
Nothing other than a couple years going to the gym 3-5 days a week and working out with a trainer. We did a mix of strength training and metcon workouts.
Do you compete? Why or why not? If you compete, what do you like most about the competitions?
I have not competed. I’ve been doing this for me, and my health. I keep getting encouraged to compete. Maybe I will one day, maybe I wont.
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 have a Powerlifting coach. I met him because of the recommendation to try a Powerlifting Strength Cycle from my fitness trainer at the time.
Where do you train? Gym, garage?
I train in the back corner of a crossfit box. I also have equipment in my garage at home.
What is the hardest part about beginning lifting as an older woman?
I’ve really enjoyed lifting as an older woman. The hardest part for me is to find anyone I know personally who is interested in Powerlifting. I would love to have a friend or two join me. Other people in my Powerlifting group are usually men. Once in a while a woman will join us. Either way they are always much younger than me. That’s ok though. My coach is my age so we have that in common. Besides it feels great to be “old” and be able to lift heavy things!
How has lifting affected your health?
I helps keep me fit. I am not the normal image of fit, as I am overweight, but I am honestly the most fit I’ve ever been in my life. Being strong helps prevent injuries.
What would you tell women just beginning this journey?
If you’re just beginning this journey my advice is to not compare yourself to anyone else. We are each on our own journey. Enjoy the journey for what it is, have fun, and lift heavy!