Name Sarah Williams
Strength Based PR’s? squat 155, bench 72.5, dead 155
Where do you train? Fuzzys Power Gym, Adelaide. (3/2 Barpowell Road, Welland. PH 0404 208 444)
How long have you trained strength? I met Fuzzy and started training under his guidance in December last year so about 13-14 months
What do you like about strength training? It’s still all relatively new to me so I like that feeling of hitting a PR when I’ve pushed my body further than I ever thought it was capable of. I’ve also really enjoyed transferring already built up strength to other sports eg playing strongman and oly in my off season.
What’s your favourite lift? Most definitely the squat. I find it to be the most natural movement out of the 3 Powerlifting lifts and the one I understand and enjoy the most. I think training squats crosses over to help your deadlift too. I train squats twice a week.
What’s your training Achilles Heel? Self-doubt and trusting the process. I think this applies for everyone especially when you first start lifting. Believing you can complete the lift is half the battle. The body is physically capable of much more than we think and Fuzzy wouldn’t program numbers he didn’t think I could hit.
How does your best mental and best physical strength manifest itself in everyday life? Mentally something that has crossed over for me is ‘the grind’! High reps, I hate performing them but I love what they do for me. This crosses over for me when I’m at work or doing the housework at home or something I don’t really enjoy but I know the outcome will be well worth it. Just get in and get it done, single reps are coming soon.
Physically I’m a much healthier and a more motivated person. My nieces and nephews love being picked up and thrown in the air and of course the main reason we all start strength training, I can carry all the shopping in at once.
Can you tell me a lifting cue, or approach or some advice that really hit home recently?
Listen to your body!
I recently found out I have Ross River Virus, I trained through a fair bit of pain in my knees and fatigue for a fair while, blaming every other aspect of my life before considering I might be unwell. If you’re not feeling quite right, it’s probably because something is wrong. Take note of how foods make you feel, work out how much sleep you require for optimal recovery, get that little twinge looked at before it turns into something that stops you from training.
Thanks Sarah x
Thanks Nathan @ Melbourne Vegan Strength for the photo of Sarah :)
Name – Kasey Mumford
Age – 36
Strength Based PR’s – DL firstname.lastname@example.org; PR email@example.com;SQ 5x5@60kg;
Where do I train? – Project Warrior, Wollongong NSW
How long have you trained strength? – 9 Months
What do you like about strength training? – I have tried lots of different forms of exercise and was one of those girls who thought that if I ran 5km a day, then I would look like a supermodel. At some stage after the birth of my second child, I got to the point where nothing was working anymore. I was totally frustrated. That’s when I decided to start lifting weights. The best things about training strength are that your progress is measurable and it’s the most efficient form of training for fat loss. We are also fortunate at Project Warrior to have great trainers and experienced lifters who are happy to chat to you about general health issues, so I would have to say another great thing about strength training is being part of a supportive community.
What’s your favourite lift? – Squats.
What’s your training Achilles Heel? – Probably mobility, particularly making sure my legs, glutes and hips are mobile because I personally find that if I don’t pay enough attention to them then they repay me with lower back pain.
How does your best mental and best physical strength manifest itself in everyday life? – I find strength training is a great way of relieving stress and anxiety because when you are lifting, there is really nothing else you can think about except how your body is moving and the bar. I always walk out of the gym with a clear head.
Can you tell me a lifting cue, or approach or some advice that really hit home recently? – If you squeeze and twist your little toes into the ground at the bottom of your squat, it will help your knees to stay out when you are driving up…Oh, and writing “Worst lifting day ever” in your training journal is negative and useless so don’t ever write it! Write notes that will remind you what you need to focus on next time instead.
Thanks Kasey x
Name – Jennifer
Age – 36
Where do you train? Dominance Mixed Martial Arts (Strength and conditioning classes)
How long have you trained strength? 5 years
What do you like about strength training? I like being mobile, toned and ‘functionally strong’.
Life is easier when you are strong and fit. For instance, I can easily work around the family farm, lift things, ride my bike up hills, do a ju jitsu session (and not be stuck underneath).
Any strength based PRs? – 18 (full) chin-ups
What’s your favourite lift? Squats(but I have to include chin-ups)
What’s your training Achilles Heel? Hip mobility. This prevents a good range for squats.
How does your best mental and best physical strength manifest in everyday life?
Principles which I weave into my training and life are discipline, patience and tenacity.
Can you tell me a lifting cue, an approach or some advice that really hit home recently for you?
Since my injury (minor neck disc bulge) I’m all about going back to stable, body building exercises.
1. Speed (slow on the eccentric phase)
Thanks Jen x