Okay so I recently discovered T-Nation because there aren’t very many teen powerlifters where I live, and I needed to compare my stats to people my age. Unfortunately there are not very many girls especially at my age of 14, so I’m starting this log to mainly keep myself accountable and to get advice from people all over the world. So today, I’m going to explain my history, where I stand, and what my goals are.
So up until a couple years ago, I was crazy unathletic. Like working out, was not something that anyone would ever associate me with. But then my dad made me go to the gm with him, and I was like “whatever, can’t hurt me”. So I spent about two years doing a couple leg presses, squatting on a smith machine, and watching videos on my phone in the locker room of an LA fitness. I made about zero progress from my squat 1 rep max of about 120lbs (also I was obsessed with one rep max’/ until my former coach informed me that I should stop training with them).
Then, in August of last year, my dad convinced me to join his Crossfit gym because I needed somewhere to go after school. And it was a little life changing. Lifting became part of my identity and I felt like a had an authority to talk about it which made me feel important. I’ve also taken an interest in the fact that the human body can be pushed to lengths exponentially higher than that of its ordinary state. I one rep maxed my squat for the first time since I started, and I pulled 175 lbs last week. I haven’t maxed out my deadlift in a while, but the last time I checked it was 205 lbs, and my arms have gained some solid definition compared to before. But other than lifting I’m focusing on felixibility and technique.
My gym works on a lot of exercises that I simply can’t do. I recently got my toes to bar, and I’m super close on double unders (I can get them individually but not consecutively). About a month ago, I achieved my center splits, but I lost them after pulling a hamstring (I’m working on them again). I want to get my pull-ups and ring dips and hand stand push-ups, and all that stuff, but my upper body strength is disproportionately small to that of my lower. I’m working on it. I also only train Monday through Friday. Weekends I usually jog or hike.
So for my future goals:
-I want to compete in a competition this year
-I want to achieve those small technical tricks that I mentioned
-I want to get stronger
-I want to post a 2-3 times per week depending on my work load at school