How do I describe how much I adore and love this woman without coming off as creepy?
I'm not sure so I'm just going to roll with it and see what happens..
Martha. When I first met you I didn't like you. And its not because you weren't cool or nice, its because you lifted more than me- I had never met a girl (other than world-class athletes) who out lifted me. That was intimidating as hell. Seriously intimidating.
(Note: as of now I have been humbled by many insanely strong female athletes and know I have a very very veeeery long road ahead of me, but I'm getting there).
THEN I got to know her. Turns out we are pretty much the exact same person.
- We both have strange backgrounds (hers is opera, mine is circus).
- We both love being on the stage, whether its in a theatre or on a platform.
- We both love lifting heavy and feel empowered by being strong as bulls (or in my case, strong as a Rhino... the Rhino is my spirit animal, I forgot to ask Martha what hers is, my bad, run-on sentence here, lets keep going... I love commas! and whatever you call these triple period things ... yep... Canadian public education at its best right here... I still avoid using semicolons at all costs because I don't really understand how to use them... They scare me...)
- We both have a passion for Weightlifting and getting girls involved in the sport: she is the original creator of the BCWA Women and is our major driving force.
- We have both had similar struggles in life, something I know (for me at least) built a deep connection between us.
Anyways, Martha be the bomb-diggity fo sho.
Great athlete. Great coach (she coached me in my last two comps - it was sooo much fun! She kept me super relaxed and happy, amazing!). And great leader.
Here are her questions and answers (in black)!
Stay consistent in my training.
2. How do you keep yourself motivated?
Seeing my hard work pay off in PRs!!!
3. Do you have any other hobbies or favourite 'down-time' activities?
Powerlifting? That counts as down time, right? I also sing.
4. What is your best athletic memory?
My first 200lb clean, so exciting!!!!
5. What is the biggest obstacle you have overcome in your athletic career?
My wrist. Not overcome yet, but so close.
6. Did anything in particular help you overcome it?
Time. Learning to take time to rest and heal.
7. Any athletic superstitons?
No superstitions, but rituals - I stare at the middle judge when lifting (sorry 12 words)
8. What is your general training philosophy?
Do something you hate, it probably needs the most work.
9. What is your general nutrition/supplement philosophy?
No philosophies yet, but I like how Jon North rolls.
10. Any advice to aspiring athletes?
Find someone who knows what they're talking about!
Learning to take the time to rest and heal. This is SO important. I 100% agree with the statement that there is no such thing as overtraining, just under-recovering. Thats why I take my rest days so seriously. Like, seriously-seriously, brah.
'Do something you hate' ... This is true. I hate running. And I SUCK at running. I should probably run more. Good thing I'm a weightlifter and running is useless for my sport.
Mr. North's food philosophy: An athlete needs calories. Get 'em in. Any way. Paleo-shmaleo. Just lift big and eat big. ... I agree with this to an extent... sort of... something I can elaborate on in a later post..
Lastly, finding someone who knows what they're talking about! PLEASE FOR THE SAKE OF MY SANITY, ALL NOVICE ATHLETES PLEASE PLEASE DO THIS! Holy cow. So frustrating sometimes. I see so many people put in so much effort and emotion and have so much potential but they are making no progress because they don't have experience to know proper technique or programming... I will also rant about this later.