Powerlifting Healed This Woman's Injury—Then She Became A World Champion
The Life of a Powerlifter
The hardest part, though, was eating. I tried to set new records at every weight class from 136 pounds to 182 pounds, so my body weight fluctuated about 45 pounds. I know it sounds silly, but when I would get past the 162- to 164-pound mark, gaining weight was so hard. I was eating about 8,000 calories a day. That'sso much food. It took a lot of discipline to make sure that I was eating enough, gaining the weight I needed, and lifting heavy enough because you're not trying to gain fat, you're trying to gain muscle mass. When I knew I was going to drop down a weight class, that felt much easier. I would drop down from 8,000 calories to 4,000 calories and shed the 15 pounds that needed to go in a week.