Powerlifting for Women

PTC South Melbourne is home to medium, tiny and tall, women with the same goal: be strong.

We embrace and support strong women. Our female lifters have found lifting to be empowering, and our aim is to catalyze them to be even stronger versions of themselves. They have found a strong carryover from lifting to other areas of their lives – our gym has become witness to women forging stronger bodies and stronger minds. To date, the hard work of our strong women has resulted in national records and consistent strength progress, whilst getting leaner. While we don’t endorse big egos at our gym, we are 100% supportive of guiding our strong women towards bigger squat, bench and deadlift numbers.

“No Douchbags. No Exceptions”

— PTC Philosophy

female deadlifting female powerlifter PTC South Melbourne

“No Douchbags. No Exceptions”

— PTC Philosophy

female powerlifters PTC South Melbourne

Our facility is however, not limited to powerlifters, and we also have weekly female group training classes.

We keep our groups small to ensure our classes to do not become run-of-the-mill cardio classes.

We want to give women the tools to be stronger and any other ancillary fitness goals they may have – not how to run around the block 10 times.

To date, our ladies have since lifted the respective numbers:

Ruchell Hutton

Under 60kg – 37 years old

142.5kg squat

60kg bench

157.5kg deadlift

Ruchell achieved these numbers with only 12 months lifting experience and currently holds the Submasters GPC World Squat Record .

Venecia Bachee

Under 60kg

145kg squat

75kg bench

202.5kg deadlift

Venecia is also a competitive strongwoman and has since set a GPC Australia Deadlift Record.

Shenae Healey

Under 67.5kg – 24 years old

192.5kg squat

97.5kg bench

192.5kg deadlift

Shenae achieved these numbers with only 12 months Powerlifting Training and currently holds 3 Junior GPC World Records. Currently has the second highest IPF points in Australia.


Emilia Phillips


230kg squat

110kg bench

235kg deadlift

Emilia acheieved these number in a very short period of time and came to PTC South Melbourne with very little experience. She has a promising future in Powerlifting in Australia.

Get to know our lifters better, check out their stories.