Alex is a beloved part of our team here and we love to see her working hard each day. I recently sat down with Alex to discuss her training experience thus far, here is what she had to offer.
1) Alex, as part of our Olympic weightlifting team here at Force Barbell can you describe your experience and tell us a little about yourself?
I’m 30 years old and was previously a Jazzercise instructor for 3 years. My fiancé, Tim, is a strength and conditioning coach for the White Sox. Last summer I told Tim that I wanted to gain strength and build muscle. I had muscle definition but I was not strong by any means.
When I first started training I couldn’t lift the bar over head. When I got home after my first session I was so sore! I had used muscles that I had never knew I had.
Since then I have come a really long way. When there are days that I don’t notice it, my friends and family are always making comments on my improvements. The more I come to train here, the more I love it.
2) What first sparked your interest in Olympic weightlifting?
Tim found Force Barbell when he was looking for a good coach for a few of his athletes. When Tim went into IFAST where Dan was working at the time, he met Dan’s wife Natalie, who was there training.
When Tim saw Natalie training he knew I would love it as well. After talking with Dan, Tim decided to send a few of his athletes to train with Force Barbell and he also sent me to check it out as well. I decided to give it a try. Thank goodness for Natalie being there the day that Tim visited otherwise I probably would not have gotten into Olympic lifting.
3) How has Olympic weightlifting changed your life?
I feel so much better about myself and that has helped all my other relationships. We always use the phrase here at Force Barbell, “A family that squats together stays together” and that’s so true for me. The strength I have gained has made me stronger in other areas of my life.
4) Can you explain to our readers what Olympic weightlifting is to you?
Olympic weightlifting incorporates everything. It trains your body, but it especially trains your mind. I think that’s the biggest thing that I have found with training. You can’t just come in with a poor attitude. You have to be focused and be mentally strong. The sport is challenging but very rewarding. When I come in to train I don’t just come in for a leg day or an arm day. I’m training all parts of my mind and body. I love it!
5) You just had your first competition last weekend. Can you tell us about that?
It was AWESOME! When I left the competition I said I could not wait for the next one. It’s a community I did not even know existed and now that I know it makes me excited for future competitions.
6) What are your training goals as of now?
Olympic lifting is more of a competition against myself and not necessarily against others. I don’t have set numbers I want to reach right now. I just want to continue to get stronger and to better myself everyday.
7) Do you have any advice to offer to women that might be might interested in Olympic lifting?
There is always this misconception that many women have that they feel they are going to get bulky from weightlifting.
That’s not true at all!
A lot of women underestimate their own strength so they feel like they can’t do it. They don’t realize what they are capable of. I think many women would be surprised at how strong they really are. They just need to be shown how strong they really are.
8) Is there anything else you want to add or tell the people of Force Barbell?
With Force Barbell not only do I walk into a place where I can come and train, but it’s a family to me now. I have met so many friends who are a big part of my life.
Thanks again to Alex for taking the time to sit down and talk with me about her experience with Olympic lifting. She really has come a long way!
Editors Note: You can learn more about Natalie’s training story in her interview with Molly Galbraith: Mom, Wife, Record Setting Lifter: An Interview with Natalie Brown
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