Normally, when people think of the sport of powerlifting the first image that comes to mind are huge, burly men using chains and wraps of all sorts, grunting in old-school gyms, snorting nose torque, accompanied by a whole lot of screaming. Fortunately, the picture being painted around the sport now is evolving as more and more people (of all genders, capabilities, sexuality, and background) are being introduced to it—a large majority of those people being women.
To me, powerlifting is a community, it is a way to challenge myself, and it is a way to keep me accountable and consistent in my training. Sometimes it means I’m peaking for a meet and sometimes it just means I’m putting in the work to build a stronger foundation for tomorrow. When it comes down to it, it’s a way for me to feel strong and confident in all aspects of my life—and my only hope is that more girls and women will feel empowered to give it a try.
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