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5 Reasons Women Shouldn’t Be Intimidated by Powerlifting


5 Reasons Women Shouldn’t Be Intimidated by Powerlifting

When I first began powerlifting, I had little or no training experience, period. I knew nothing about the sport itself except for what my friends in the gym had taught me. Later, once I got further into training and completed my first competition I began to ask myself, “Why didn’t I start powerlifting sooner?”. The truth is, I really didn’t know what I was missing out on. That’s when it dawned on me—there are probably many more women out there that would love powerlifting but are just too intimidated or have no clue how exciting and uplifting a powerlifting meet really is. In this article I’ll explain some of reasons why I love powerlifting and why more women should take the initiative to powerlift.

5 Reasons To not be intimidated & Get Started

Caitlyn is a great testament to how you can be feminine and incredibly strong at the same time.

Caitlyn is a great testament to how you can be feminine and incredibly strong at the same time.

1. Women can lift heavy AND be feminine too. Take me for instance. I weigh 128 lbs. and on most days I’m able to squat more than double my bodyweight. Has it ever hurt or injured me — No. Do I look or sound like a man — No. Instead, it’s made me more confident, both mentally and physically. I’m more lean and in better physical condition than I was previously, and I get many more compliments from both men and women about my appearance than ever before (which is saying something considering I weighed 17lbs. less before powerlifting AND I still wear the same clothing size!).

2. It will help you reach your fitness goals. Whatever they may be, having a competition to work towards often doubles as a great training motivator and intensifier. I know that I want to perform my very best in a meet. It makes me mentally and physically kick things up a notch. Plus, I have the extra motivation to make sure that I stay on track with my diet. End result—I become stronger at a faster rate while simultaneously seeing results in my body composition by keeping a strict diet.

3. It gives you a chance to challenge yourself/showcase all your hard work. Don’t get me wrong; I challenge myself every single day in the gym. However, pushing yourself in a competition is a completely different feeling. You get an adrenaline rush that quickly turns into a powerlifting addiction. A meet is where you shoot for personal records that you have never reached before. This is the opportunity to show yourself as well as everyone else just how much your hard work has paid off. Who wouldn’t want to showcase a 20lb bench personal record to the public? That’s something to be proud of. Especially if it’s taken you a couple of months to get over that number you’ve been stuck at for what seemed like an eternity.

4. The powerlifting community is a supportive network full of informative individuals. There’s no need to be intimidated because everyone is very supportive of each other’s goals and extremely friendly. If you need help there is always someone willing to give you a hand. Never have I stepped inside a powerlifting meet and left without meeting and learning something from at least five new people. If you have questions, these individuals are more than happy to answer them while giving you several different ideas to troubleshoot your problems. We were all beginners once and are continuously learning new things about the sport. Plus, we all share a common goal: progress.

5. Finally, competition with other females is friendly and motivating. It’s not fun competing with men all of the time. It’s nice to have some camaraderie and a little friendly competition on the platform. At the end of the day everyone walks out as friends. Unlike many other sports, the female competitors are not cut-throat. Instead, we are very supportive of one another. The group of females that powerlift is a small one, so we are all just trying to spread awareness to help the sport grow. It helps to have other women there to ask questions that men may not understand or relate to.

I can describe all of the benefits and reasons why women should powerlift all day, but the best way to figure it out is to experience it for yourself. If this article doesn’t make you want to take the powerlifting plunge just yet, try going to a powerlifting meet and observing. If just watching the other female competitors fires you up to lift some heavy weight, imagine what competing actually feels like!

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Caitlyn Trout

Caitlyn Trout is a fierce duel athlete in which she is a top ranked pro raw powerlifting competitor and NPC Figure athlete. In powerlifting she has previously held multiple All-Time World Records for both the 123/132lb weight classes. Current stats include:

  • 391lb squat, 380 dl , 175lb bench and 946 total at 123lbs raw.
  • 405lb squat, 410 dl, 205lb bench and 1020lb total at 132lbs raw.

In her daily life, Caitlyn works as a full-time medical based Speech-Language Pathologist in Eastern Kentucky.




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15 Responses to “5 Reasons Women Shouldn’t Be Intimidated by Powerlifting”

May 28, 2013 at 3:03 pm, renee Williams said:

I feel the same way about powerlifting…I LOVE to lify heavy. Just a beginner trying the best I can. I need some good routines and a little help with the diet part.


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May 29, 2013 at 2:12 am, Nora said:

You are so right, I have being powerlifting for five years now and I am 70 years old and still competing, it has became a habit, and I love it and I started on my 60th birthday and went to a meet when I was 65 and can’t stop.


May 29, 2013 at 5:04 pm, Lynne Boshoven said:

This is my 30th year in powerlifting competition. I love it now as much as I ever have!!


May 29, 2013 at 5:30 pm, Adrienne Puglia said:

I could not agree more with what she said! I started fiddling with powerlifting this past year because of some friends I met in college and I’ve never loved my body more! My boyfriend is so supportive and we lift together when he lifts for college football and he can’t stop complimenting me on how I’ve started to change my body for the better. He is always baffled by how fantastic my legs are becoming. Granted I’m nowhere near where she is yet (290/135/345) but I’m on my way! I love to hear about other female powerlifters and I can’t wait to compete in my first meet.


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May 30, 2013 at 11:59 pm, Cass Pickard said:

Loved this article, I totally agree, I’m very new to powerlifting, less than 6 months & I’m hooked! I’ve been to 2 meets now & was honestly impressed with the amount of inspiring strong woman in this sport. I too had never heard of powerlifting before & when approached about giving it a go assumed it was for huge woman that just got bigger. Lol boy was I wrong, i have met some tiny woman who lift 2 nearly 3 times their weight, who are shock horror, attractive & mums & working & in the best shape of their life. Come on ladies give it a go who knows you might just like it 🙂 Train hard & have fun cheers Cass Pickard


May 31, 2013 at 5:23 am, Justin said:

Edit: used to weigh 117* lbs.


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August 25, 2013 at 2:22 am, angela said:

Caitlyn – i am curious as to your height – I am really interested in powerlifting but also in body physique – your weight and form are fabulous, so curious as to your height. Thanks, Angela


August 25, 2013 at 2:57 am, Chad Smith said:

Caitlyn is about 5’2″


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