Meet Leanna Carr, a fast rising powerlifter and figure competitor, based in Athens, GA. Leanna has transformed herself from cheerleader, to self-proclaimed party girl, into an emerging star in the fitness world. Combining beauty and strength like a true Iron Woman, Leanna is on a mission to help inspire and empower women across the world to reach their goals…
Name: Leanna Carr
Height/Weight: 5’4 140lbs
Hometown: Buford, Georgia
Current City: Athens, Georgia
Gym: The Omni Club
Job: Full-time student at The University of Georgia. Works part time at Lane Creek Golf Club
PRs: Squat: 290lbs
Planning on crushing all of these come July 🙂
Favorite training music…
Anything hardcore and aggressive! I love getting hyped to stuff like Metallica, Disturbed, and Behemoth! I’ve also got a playlist on my iPod titled “I’m a Boss” filled with Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Lil Wayne, Drake etc. Basically anything that will make me feel like a monster and get me amped to lift some heavy weights!
Favorite Non-Training Hobby…
Cooking or baking. Even when I’m dieting or trying to cut weight, I love trying out new recipes for my family and friends! I’m also a huge adrenaline junkie. If it involves sharks, jumping out of airplanes, or bungee jumping off bridges…. count me in!
Athletic Background and how did you get into powerlifting…
I was always pretty active growing up. My young start in gymnastics led me to competitive and All Star cheerleading for 6 years. After gaining the freshman 30 after my first two years of college at UGA (too much Taco Bell and cheap vodka ha) I initially started working out to lose weight and feel better about myself. The more I started lifting, the more I fell in love with it. Lifting weights gave me a sense of confidence and fulfillment that I had never previously experienced with anything else. I began working with Matt Jansen of INOV8 ElitePerformance and training with the UGA Powerlifting Team. I competed in my first powerlifting meet in December 2012 where I won my class! I’ve been hooked ever since. Since then I’ve competed and won my division in two USAPL meets and also my first NPC Figure Competition.
How do you balance training for strength and aesthetics?
I will be competing in both powerlifting and figure competitions this year, however my main focus right now is preparing for USAPL Raw Nationals in Colorado in July. Although my training is primarily focused to prepare me for the platform, my current training phase (programming by Brian Minor of INOV8 EP) is implementing quite a bit of weekly volume and increased frequency while also incorporating some accessory work targeting biceps and delts to keep things balanced. Even if the main focus was physique oriented, I believe that placing the foundation of emphasis on progressing the big 3 from both a load and volume standpoint would still be extremely beneficial. Hypertrophy tends to follow volume when implemented in a controlled manner.
What is one piece of advice you wish you could go back and give yourself, 5 years ago?
If you don’t believe in what you’re doing, how do you expect anyone else to? Be passionate about your choices, face your fears, and do the damn thing. Life is easy.
Gives us a brief overview of your diet? What’s your favorite cheat meal?
As a physique athlete, I eat for performance, goals, and long term sustainability. I follow a flexible dieting approach and I track macros. I prefer high volume and nutrient dense foods for the majority of my meals ie: a lot of fruits and vegetables, lean protein, quality fat sources! However, if I want some ice cream or cookies at the end of the day, I can usually fit that in without feeling guilty or deprived! My favorite free meal would either be sushi or a Chipotle burrito bowl followed by a giant $12 dollar bowl of fro yo!
What’s your favorite lift and whats a tip for the readers to improve that lift?
My favorite lift would probably be the squat! I recently made the switch to low bar and bought some Romaleos… total game changer! I think that pause squats have really helped me learn how to stay controlled and have taught me explosiveness out of the hole and how to grind through the sticking point. For any lift in the realm of powerlifting, I think it’s important to realize that the lift itself is a skill. Simply performing the lift more often with increased frequency than the common 1-2 times per week will usually make you better at that skill with improved neural efficiency. Basically, if you suck at squats… SQUAT MORE!
What do Juggernaut fans have to look forward to from Leanna Carr?
I’m still new to all of this so I think my enthusiasm is currently at a high! I know that I don’t have all the experience in the world but I’ve got the eagerness to learn and the passion and potential to execute and be as great as I want to be. I plan on showing up to Nationals in July and completely outperforming the only person that truly matters: myself. And I will use this same approach as I transition to my journey to the stage at the end of the year. I’m a firm believer in staying true to yourself, being passionate about everything that you do, working your butt off, enjoying the journey, but most importantly helping/learning from others along the way. That’s exactly what I intend to do as a Team JTS Athlete!