We all have a beginning, a moment when we decide what path we want to explore. It’s in those moments that we achieve greatness and realize just how unstoppable we really are. The day I chose to pick up a barbell was the day that everything changed. It was my entry into a world that would not only strengthen my body, but my mind as well. I have more drive, passion and motivation than ever before and I owe it all to Powerlifting.
When I first decided to get back to lifting I stuck to machines and dumbbells, I was too afraid to touch a barbell. It was intimidating and I was afraid I would get injured, plus I heard so many negative comments about women lifting heavy so I avoided heavy weights. I allowed others opinions to influence me and honestly I really didn’t want to hear all of the criticism. But once I started to notice more muscle definition and a body shape that I hadn’t seen in a while I became addicted to lifting.
The ne-sayers no longer had influence over my view of lifting heavy, all it took was for me to notice those traps and it all went uphill from there. I took all of those ignorant comments about women lifting heavy and I used them to fuel my workouts. I became a woman determined to be strong, sexy and confident about her body and I wanted to prove the haters wrong about women lifting heavy.
About 6 months into lifting was when I decided to pick up a barbell and go to work. I started with Powerlifting: Bench Press, Squat and Deadlift and would eventually move on to Olympic Lifting. At first my form wasn’t the best I actually don’t think I perfected my form for all of my lifts until this past year. But no matter how many times I failed or plateaued in weight I kept pushing and never gave up.
Bench Press has to be the most difficult lift for me simply because I really don’t have a lot of upper body strength, so I have been working my ass off to hit higher numbers with this lift and finally did it about a month ago with a PR of 130 pounds. It wasn’t the prettiest lift, but I did it and I craved more from then on. Now I did hit a snag with this because I pulled muscles in my back, but I will hit that number again. I’m hoping to get a PR of 140-145 pounds when I compete in June so we shall see.
Deadlifts were scary at first because I was so afraid that I wasn’t going to hurt my back. So I didn’t reach my full potential with this lift until about 6 months of powerlifting. I remember being excited about pulling a little over 100 that my husband said I could probably pull more. I was hesitant, but I did it and pulled 125 and it was an awesome feeling. I wasn’t unaware of my strength and once I discovered it when I lifted I felt unstoppable.
Squats are my absolute favorite lift! There’s no greater feeling then getting under a heavy bar and handling that shit! My PR is currently sitting at 220 pounds and for me weighing in around 138 I am super proud of that number. I spent a lot of time on this lift, perfecting my form and getting just the right depth to get the most out of this lift.
I would get asked constantly why Powerlifting? You can be skinny without lifting heavy, but I didn’t want to be skinny I wanted to be strong. Plus Powerlifting not only helps with physical strength it also accentuates a woman’s curves. You can’t get those kinds of results from cardio.
I love the feeling of being strong and knowing that I can push my body further than ever before. Being a woman doesn’t mean I have to be delicate and it doesn’t mean that I will break under the weight of something heavy. I am strong and I own that shit! Ladies don’t let those hateful words creep into your mind. If you want to compete in something that other stuff say is just for men, do it! Show them that women can be strong and sexy all at the same time. I’m proud to say that Powerlifting made his body.
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