On paper, I’m a nationally and world-ranked powerlifter, Duke University Doctor of Physical Therapy alum, coach, and team member and columnist for the company EliteFTS. At my best, I was ranked #2 in the country in the women’s #123 class. I’ve gotten stronger, weaker, injured, rehabbed, and made and learned from a lot of mistakes over my decade of true iron sport training.
I fell into powerlifting early in grad school after years of sports (and subsequent injuries), and had a steep learning curve when it came to my own training and rehab. Through immersion, I found myself consulting with and surrounded by the best in the industry, constantly seeking whatever the “next level” of coaching or movement assessment might be and digging deeper into how to get results, because my competitive sport and the athletes I coached depended on it. I’ve loved being able to leverage my knowledge as both a DPT and CSCS to teach people to move well, embrace strength, redefine goals, and promote longevity.
What has shaped me the most about both my competitive and educational experience is acknowledging that most of us have something that’s our “thing.” It gives us some intangible that nothing else in the world does quite the same way. My “thing” is powerlifting, and what it gives me is the opportunity to look at something heavy and hard, and adapt to grow through it. It’s taught me to overcome obstacles I never would have dreamed of, and to approach “failure” as an opportunity to course correct and create a win. As a person, that exposure changes me and grows me. I believe that when we invest in something difficult, like fitness or strength, the process teaches and grows us so much more than we anticipate, and those skills and principles carry over to so many other parts of life.