by Amanda Price
We’ve all heard the myth that if a woman lifts weights she’ll become bulky, but what if you come into the sport already bulky? And by bulky, I mean fat...
When I first found PTC Sydney I had been on a year long health kick, eating 1200 calories a day, exercising and burning 500-1000 calories a day by doing mainly cardio and a little weight training with a Personal Trainer. I’d lost 24kg but had plateaued at 105kg. I felt healthy, but I also felt I wasn't strong, and I was not getting challenged with weights by my PT.
I then had my first assessment with Trent and my results were a rough 60kg squat, 40kg bench and 110kg deadlift. I was also painfully shy and not at all confident or comfortable in my own skin. I did not even know what Powerlifting was when I joined PTC but in a matter of months I was doing my first Novice Comp. This was a huge overcoming for me because I was not at all comfortable with scores of people watching me potentially fail. (I did not fail, I finished with a 310kg total and 3rd place overall).
I did a few more novice competitions after that, slowly gaining strength and confidence, but there are only so many novice comps you can do before being inevitably asked to join a federation and start ‘officially’ competing. I decided that I would not. I wanted to do novice comps forever. The reason?
Two words – soft suit.
I decided I would not start "officially" competing.