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 :)