Best Lifter spotlight from the USPC Green Mountain Battle on May 22, 2021.
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Name, age & how long have you been Powerlifting?
My name is Amber. I am currently 27 year old and have been powerlifting for 2 years now.
Best lifts in competition?
My best squat is 136kg, my best bench is 76kg, and my best deadlift is 154kg in competition.
Athletic background? What you did before powerlifting?
I was an avid soccer player growing up from the age of 5 until I graduated college at 22. I am still heavily involved in collegiate soccer as an Assistant Coach for my Alma Mater. My favorite and most played position on the field was and still is goalkeeper.
I chose powerlifting because I recognized the consistency and dedication that is required to be a successful powerlifter. I chose powerlifting because it is a sport without instant gratification. You have to work your ass off for months at a time to prepare yourself for a meet. If you didn't prepare properly, the platform doesn't lie. The only person you have to hold accountable if you don't reach your goals, is yourself.
Trying alone or training partner/coach, team?
I prefer to train alone. I am one who enjoys really dialing into the task at hand. I believe putting intent into everything you do to prepare yourself for this sport and to me that means eliminating any distractions. However, there are some times where I prefer to train with my coworkers during our off times in the gym for some camaraderie. My most common training buddy is my wife, who is training for bodybuilding.
Something most people you train with (or those who follow you if you train alone) don't know about you?
Most people don't know that I tend to visualize my lifts A LOT. Typically, I visualize a successful attempt just before I approach the bar for my set ups. This goes for every top set and most drop sets if they're included. I've found that the more I visualize my success beforehand, the more successful I tend to be.
Biggest inspiration in the sport?
Stefi Cohen is my biggest inspiration in this sport.
What's your favorite lift?
My favorite lift is the squat. Something about having heavy weight on my back amps me up. Life or death. Squat or die.
Least favorite lift?
I struggle the most with deadlifts. I enjoy them, but they are by far the least favorite of the Big 3.
Biggest challenge in your training?
The biggest challenge in my training can sometimes be that I prefer training alone but I also prefer to train in a familiar place. It occasionally becomes hard to separate work from training because my place of work is also my most familiar and favorite place of training.
Training plan. Do your own programming or have a coach?
I hire a coach: Jared Maynard @jared.unbreakablestrength
I work as a strength and conditioning coach and do a lot of programming for other people. I've found it very relieving to not have to stress to program for myself. It allows me to put full intent into every workout and lift. It also allows for someone else to give me some objective feedback and an outside opinion.
Social media. Positives and negatives
I think social media is overrated when it comes to sharing proper information in this field. I think its a great tool to celebrate successes, to create community, and to bridge remote communication/marketing. I'm here to share my journey and inspire others to get involved in something they enjoy doing. It increases quality of life, and to me that is important.
Take what you find on social media with a grain of salt. Most proper influencers don't claim to have all the answers but they will share and forward who their greatest influencers on their education have been. From that you can make your choice whether or not that information is relevant to you.
Diet you follow? Supplements?
I don't follow a particular diet usually. I aim to just eat mostly whole foods. I love proats and breakfast foods. A lot of my protein comes from lean meats like turkey and chicken. I consume a lot of eggs and egg whites. The only supplement I take on a regular basis is Creatine.
Biggest accomplishment in your powerlifting career?
My biggest accomplishment in my powerlifting career is winning best lifter at the Vermont Green Mountain Battle!!
What's one of your non-powerlifting goals?
I have a non-powerlifting goal to one day hike the entirety of the Appalachian Trail.
Finally is there anyone you would like to acknowledge or give a shout out to (team, coach, spouse, sponsors)?
My workplace, home gym, hype crew: @flight_performance
My Coach: @jared.unbreakablestrength
My wife/handler: @rmverrill13