Lauren O’Sullivan THRIVING!

Lauren O’Sullivan is THRIVING!

Growing up in a household where sport was the basic undertone of day to day life, I always knew that in one way or another it was going to guide and shape who I am. I never could have imagined though how influential the synergy between powerlifting and other aspects of my life would be.

Lauren O'Sullivan QBL- 2017I’ve played basketball since the age of five and always had promise surrounding my ability. Being a solidly framed girl, I was constantly swinging between owning my power and not feeling worthy because I didn’t at the time for the stereotypical basketball body type. I played strong and hard and while I did achieve some great things in basketball that I am proud of, I can honestly say I never really felt like I thrived.

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Sports Nutrition

Sports Nutrition

What is the difference between Nutrition and Sports Nutrition?

Nutrition – according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), Nutrition is the intake of food, considered in relation to the body’s dietary needs.

Sports Nutrition – is a specific study of food with relevant nutrition for athletic performance.

Sports Nutrition has short and long term effects on metabolism, body composition and the performance abilities of athletes.

You can’t out-train a bad diet!

You can't out train a bad diet

 

Some Tell Tale Signs Of Poor Nutrition In An Athlete…

Ill Health          Failure          Injury

Poor Mental Health       Longer Recovery Periods

 

 

What Are Some Benefits Of Good Sports Nutrition?

Delays fatigue ::  Helps you to reach your fat loss/muscle gain goals

Improves your performance ::  Helps and enhances your concentration levels

Boosts your immune system ::  Refuels energy stores

Protects you against injury ::  Fights and helps to prevent disease

 

Essential Nutrients For Life…

 Major Nutrients of Food

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kathryn Chilton’s Story

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As I stood on the worlds podium in 2016, having just won 3rd place for squats, it was a real moment of reflection and somewhat disbelief. How did I get here?

Kathryn Chilton flag Worlds 2016

April 2015: So, here’s me, 22-year-old Kathryn, meeting another commercial gym PT. I’d been through a few, not really knowing what I was doing. Just knowing I should probably work out and get healthier. It had been this way for 3 years. He took me over to the squat racks and we got started. I was weighing around 54kgs at the time, still in the mindset of wanting to be skinnier. Then I squatted 75kgs. No knee sleeves, just a belt. Then we benched. I managed 50kgs. Finally deadlifts. 82.5kgs. Oh yeah, this is pretty fun. He told me this was powerlifting, and I was hooked.

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An Introduction To Powerlifting For Women

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What is Powerlifting?

Powerlifting is a sport in which you are judged on 3 lifts that are completed in the following order; the squat, the bench press and the deadlift. For each lift you have 3 attempts and your best successful attempt counts towards your total which is the combined weight of your best successful attempts for each lift.

What can I expect?

We will cover each of the lifts in more detail in the near future; but for now, I want you to understand a little bit more about what you can expect from being involved in the sport. Whilst powerlifting is an individual sport, the comradery and friendships that you build along the way are second to none. The powerlifting community is quite a tight knit and supportive community that feeds off of seeing others achieve their goals. Luckily for us there’s more and more powerlifting specific gyms opening their doors all over the world which means we can train with likeminded people.

Can I actually do it?

The great thing about powerlifting is that it doesn’t matter whether you’re in the gym just to beat your own PB’s or if you’re on the platform battling it out for a world record, just about anybody can do it! Within competitive powerlifting there are many different federations, all of which have their own specific rulings and differences in what equipment is and isn’t allowed as well as female/male divisions and weight/age categories.

Why should I powerlift?

Haven’t convinced you yet… OK so why powerlifting? Well after working with hundreds of clients over the years (specifically women), I have found that most people want fairly similar results and you know what… We all struggle with similar obstacles along the way. Getting women to focus on strength and performance has not only helped to empower and get my clients to rethink what they previously thought was possible, but it has also helped them to achieve some of the best improvements in body composition that I have seen to date! So, I guess if you don’t want to get stronger, leaner and more confident then powerlifting isn’t for you.

In conclusion, it doesn’t matter if you’ve never stepped foot in the gym before or whether you’re a regular gym goer looking for a new challenge, powerlifting is an amazing sport to be involved in that will not only help to improve your health, body composition, performance and confidence but you’ll be sure to build some amazing friendships along the way also!

Author,

Sean Bartle – Sean is an approved Powerlifting 4 Women Coach, certified Recomp Coach, Sports Nutrition Specialist with the ISSN and currently studying his BSc double majoring in Biochemistry/Biotechnology and Physiology.