Cat

Lifter

43 years old | Banking and Finance Strategic Sourcing Consultant | Melbourne
What got you here?

I rediscovered exercise in my mid-30s and did a lot of distance running.  In 2015 I got injured after a year of multiple half marathons and one full marathon.  Turns out you need a strong set of glutes and hamstrings to prevent injury!  My physio suggested I incorporate weight training in to my program and that’s where my love affair started.

After a couple of years of HIIT and then Crossfit style training, I saw an advert for the basics program on Facebook and the rest is history!

Why did you stay?

Fun, friendships, the challenge, the sense of achievement and cuddles with Charlie, the gym dog.

Why do you lift?

I used to lift for injury prevention, now I lift because I can’t imagine doing anything else!  It’s healthy exercise, time spent with friends, a way to deal with work stress and a great way to build confidence and feel comfortable in your own skin.

“Ask questions, listen, keep an open mind and be coachable, don’t be afraid to fail.”

— Cat, tip for beginners

“Ask questions, listen, keep an open mind and be coachable, don’t be afraid to fail.”

— Cat, tip for beginners

Where did you start and where are you now?

After completing the Powerlifting Basics Program my result for my first competition were:

First novice comp numbers? (April 2017)

S 57.5

B 37.5

D 72.5

T 167.5

First sanctioned meet?

GPC Melbourne Cup 2017

S 57.5

B 37.5

D 72.5

T 230

APU states numbers:

APU Vic States August 2019

S 117.5

B 60

D 142.5

T 320

What about your goals?

To go 9 for 9 at APU Classic Nationals in 2019 and hopefully medal in my weight class.  Outside of competition, my goal is to build my overall strength and improve my technique so I can carry on enjoying powerlifting until I’m even older than I am now.