Each week, we shine the spotlight on one of our online coaching clients. The simple idea of making ourselves stronger through training brings together people of all different backgrounds and for all different purposes. In sharing our clients’ experiences we hope to share part of what makes our online community of lifters unique.
Brace yourselves for O’Della. She’s in her 80’s and has better technique than most of us. She also takes the cake for the sassiest response to “What or who gets you to train when your motivation is really low?”
O’Della’s daughter, Shauna, is there with her when she lifts, gives her cues and holds up these very important signs for her coach, Sully. This is a pretty fantastic lifting duo!
What is your occupation?
Who is your BLOC Coach?
What is something your coach has had to tell you a million and one times?
Tighten your gut!
What is your favorite lift?
Where do you live?
Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
Do you lift in a home gym or a public gym?
How long have you been training?
Since July 2017
Why did you start lifting?
To regain use of right arm/shoulder after three separate falls. Due to age, I felt written off by doctor and physiotherapist.
What do you love about training?
I love the feeling of accomplishment and overall strength and confidence.
What lifting achievement are you most proud of?
Accomplishing a 150 deadlift at the Barbell Prescription Clinic in Farmington
Did you ever think at any point in your life that someday you’d be as strong as you are now?
Describe a time after you started training when someone noticed your gains. What was it like?
It is being noticed all of the time – surprising, but good for the confidence
What or who gets you to train when your motivation is really low?
(DAMN, good answer O’Della!)
Pre-workout of choice
Good meal a couple of hours prior
What are some of your go-to lifting songs?
S i l e n c e
What’s one of your personal lifting superstitions?
Not into superstitions
What are some of your lifting-related goals for this year?
I’m a one-day-at-a-time person. Do my best every time.
Do you plan on competing in a meet this year? If so, what are your goals?
What have you learned about yourself from barbell training?
I’m a determined type of person
Do you love to eat?
It’s a necessity
What was your favorite childhood TV show?
No such thing as a tv when I was a kid.
What are a couple of your favorite books?
A Prayer Book for the 21st Century