NASA Nationals 2014

Emily —  October 14, 2014 — 4 Comments

It came and went in the blink of an eye. We now officially have another National powerlifting competition under our colorful belts. Just like every other meet we have been a part of in the past, this one came with its highs and lows, a giant bundle of nerves, and ended with high fives, smiles and the obligatory cupcake celebration.

We are all learning that the more you compete, the harder it gets. We have the growing desire to hit personal records during competition, but unfortunately as the weights increase from meet to meet, the harder those elusive PRs become. Learning to accept that misses happen and progress is not only measured by those numbers on the bar is something we are struggling to accept.

Yet, regardless of the challenges, we had a fantastic time. Competing is tough, but that’s part of why we love it. And more importantly, knowing that you have an amazing coach and supportive team that’s there to tell you how awesome you are regardless of the outcome really makes it all worth it.


Squat: 220 lbs
Bench: 110 lbs PR
Deadlift: 320 lbs PR and National record


Squat: 215 lbs PR
Bench: 110 lbs PR
Deadlift: 320 lbs National record


Squat: 220 lbs PR
Bench: 99 lbs
Deadlift: 299 lbs


Squat: 182 lbs PR and National record
Bench: 99 lbs National record
Deadlift: 220 lbs National record

If you’re wondering if we are missing someone, you’re right. The ever so awesome Suzanne opted out of this meet due to health and personal reasons, but of course was right there being our biggest cheerleader and paparazzi. ย She’s back in the gym and gearing up to make some PRs of her own in the very near future.


We also had two additional team members that we so much enjoyed watching crush some records, and who add a unique and irreplaceable dynamic to the group:


Squat: 198 lbs PR
Bench: 94 lbs PR
Deadlift: 243 lbs PR


Bench: 99 lbs PR and National record
Deadlift: 254 lbs PR and National record

Look forward to seeing the video of the competition that will follow shortly!



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4 responses to NASA Nationals 2014

  1. First of all, congratulations to everyone – that’s awesome! Second, I have an off topic question: I was wondering if any of you see a chiropractor regularly (or use other ‘alternative’ therapies). I’ve gone to a chiropractor for years but since I’ve been focusing on heavy lifting I’ve found it incredibly helpful in keeping me feeling ‘normal’ and able to progress with my workouts (even with an emphasis on corrective exercises/improving imbalances etc.)…Just curious what your thoughts are or if you’ve found anything in particular that helps you keep up with your training beyond nutrition/rest/recovery. Thanks!

    • Jen

      Hey Megan, thanks! I see a chiropractor and an acupuncturist on a fairly regular basis and I love them both. I tend to use acupuncture for overall balancing and stress. I’m fortunate to have an acupuncturist with a lifting background and an emphasis on sports medicine, so he’s great for muscle and movement issues too. I’ve recently started working with a physical therapist to address underlying weaknesses and compensation patterns which is also pretty exciting stuff. Suzanne and I both use Bioforce HRV to help gauge training and recovery as well. It seems like a lot, but I’m all about improving so I can continue to lift heavier and do this forever ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Congratulations!!!! It has been so fun reading about your training and preparation. You are inspiration to us all. You all should do a podcast. It would be fun to hear your voices tell these stories and share your knowledge. Just an idea. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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