Thank you to Recon Photography for these sick photos!
If you follow me on my new Instagram account (@sarah.lifts) then you know that this past weekend I competed in my second powerlifting meet! It had been almost exactly 6 months since my first meet, and a lot has transpired since then: I injured and rehabbed my partially torn hamstring tendon and my hip torsion, and I dropped a weight class. I’ve been eager to get back on the platform but I had to take my time letting my body heal.
Unfortunately my body wasn’t feeling 100% in the weeks leading up to the meet so I decided to just focus on qualifying for USAPL Raw Nationals (the Juniors qualifying totals are super low so that wasn’t really a concern) and having fun.
I ended up going 7/9, (should’ve been 8/9 but I goofed and didn’t wait for the start command on my first bench attempt lol), hit small PRs for bench (171) and deadlift (364), hit a Wilks PR since I’m now at a lower bodyweight, set three more GA state records, and got first place in the 72kg class for both the open and juniors division! Given how rocky these past few months have been, I was pretty stoked with these results.
But honestly for me, it’s not about the state records or the medals—it’s about improving as an athlete and beating my own previous bests. I really wanted to hit 182 on my bench 375+ on my deadlift. So while the meet was definitely an amazing day, I’m still not satisfied. But that’s why athletes keep training. There’s always room for growth, technique improvements, and PRs. That’s what keeps us going.
So what now? While I’ll still be training for powerlifting, I am officially shifting my focus to Strong(wo)man in preparation for my first Strongman show at the end of April. That means that I’ll continue to train the same lifts I have been for powerlifting (squat, bench, deadlift, overhead press, power cleans, chin-ups/pullups), just less frequently. I will be adding a few more lifts (front squats, rows, curls, bear crawls with a weighted sled), and of course spending a lot of time training with the actual Strongman implements. My competition has 5 events (log clean and press, yoke carry, atlas stone medley, axle deadlift and truck pull) so I’ll be placing a heavy focus on those.
I’m still chasing that 182 bench press and 375 deadlift, and I’m continuing my quest for 200 on my power clean (I’ve hit 195 twice now—so close I can taste it!) but those pursuits are taking a back seat to Strongman for now.
Follow along on Instagram @sarah.lifts for a daily look into my training and progress!
P.S. I’ve got a SUPER exciting project in the works with Ivy from Girls Who Powerlift that I can’t wait to share with you guys!!! But y’all gotta wait till April