2017 Cooperstown Monster Bench Competition
1ST PLACE: WEIGHT CLASS - 175 LB BENCH PRESS
1ST PLACE: AGE GROUP - 175 LB BENCH PRESS
1ST PLACE: REP-OFF - 96 LBS FOR 36 REPS
2016 Cooperstown Monster Bench Competition
1ST PLACE: OVERALL FEMALE RAW - 165 LB BENCH PRESS
2015 Cooperstown Monster Bench Competition
1ST PLACE: OVERALL FEMALE RAW - 155 LB BENCH PRESS
1ST PLACE: WEIGHT CLASS - 155 LB BENCH PRESS
2014 Cooperstown Monster Bench Competition
1ST PLACE: WEIGHT CLASS - 135 LB BENCH PRESS
FOCUSES & SPECIALTIES
- Develops strength, balance, flexibility, core stability and power simultaneously
- Uses body weight and gravity as resistance
- Allows you to deliberately change your center of gravity, which challenges your muscles
- with emphasis on proper form
- bench press progression
- includes circuit weight training
- benefits include greater muscular strength, improved muscle tone and appearance, increased endurance and enhanced bone density
- stronger muscles improve posture, provide better support for joints and reduce the risk of injury from everyday activities
- high intensity interval training
- bodyweight exercises
Strength & Weight-Loss Training
- total body workouts
- use of resistance to induce muscular contraction, which builds strength
BIO & Experience
There is a beast in every woman and it stirs when you put a barbell in her hands.
I turned 40 and made a new commitment to fitness. I had belonged to a gym for years, but like so many others, the membership was the extent of it. This time was going to be different. Both of my parents struggle with their weight as aging adults and I was going to be proactive. In the beginning all I did was run. The gym I belonged to offered much more, but all of that was outside my comfort zone. To keep myself motivated, I challenged myself to run a 5K every month for a year. 12 months later I had a dozen 5Ks behind me and was looking for a new challenge.
Someone suggested adding weight lifting into my work outs. I had never lifted a weight in my entire life and the thought of entering the weight room that always appeared to be full of men, made me anxious. I decided to give it a few weeks and figured if I didn’t love it, I’d go back to the safety of the cardio room and my treadmill. Something happened during those first few weeks of weight lifting. I was seeing physical changes that running just wasn’t providing, my sets were getting heavier, my confidence was growing and I was no longer intimidated by being the only female in the weight room.
Then a close friend introduced me to suspension training. I was leery at first because I was afraid it would interfere with my weight training. At that point, I was having so much success in the weight room that I was afraid to switch things up. I agreed to attend a suspension training class with my friend knowing full well this was going to be a “one and done” thing for me. I was the strongest I had ever been and I assumed there was no way that suspension training could give me the same workout that weight training did… I was wrong.
Suspension training was a challenge for me. It made me vulnerable again. I quickly realized that although I was strong, there were plenty of ways that I could get stronger, and suspension training was the answer. I’ve been hooked ever since. I frequently say that suspension trainers (Onnit rings, TRX, Jungle Gym) are the most underused piece of equipment in every gym, but can give you one of the best overall body workouts in a short period of time. Suspension training exercises develop strength, balance, flexibility and core stability, simultaneously. I can’t recommend it enough.
I continue to weight train and strongly believe that by adding suspension training into my own weekly program, I am stronger than I would have been without it. If you are a female and have ever even considered weight training, I encourage you to give it a try. It has not just changed me on the outside, but on the inside too.