You probably have an opinion about her. You may even know her. This interview is about one of the most influential people in danish CF. But it’s also not about CF – it’s about powerlifting.
1. Even though most people know you as a Crossfitter and weightlifter, you’ve decided to step back on the platform as a powerlifter this fall. Why?
I like strength training and I’m the type of person who needs a goal in order to do it/learn it.
Raw powerlifting is most applicable to CrossFit and weightlifting, which is why I’m training for a raw powerlifting meet in the fall 2013.
I’m also very curious, so I’ll probably also try lifting with a lifting suit at some point.
I really can’t wait. Geared lifting is from my very limited experience something very different. I can also attest to Sarah being goal oriented, as I’ve followed her training closely over the past years.
2. What is you secret? How do you manage to keep getting better at so many different things?
First of all training with a coach is so much better. It pushes me much more.
Secondly, I train with great people – and I log my training in order always to measure success/progress and to push myself more.
Training is my free space where I do something just for me. I might not be the fastest – and I still cannot do muscle-ups, but I’m moving forward all the time and having fun meanwhile.
I try always to train with someone who’s better than me. In weightlifting, I train with coach Anders Bendix and with great lifters such as Karina Hauge, Simon Darville, Omed Alam and Tim Kring. The best settings for getting better. In CrossFit I train with lots of people who’s better than me (especially in gymnastics movements), stronger or faster.
… and in Powerlifting I just signed up at one of the best/maybe THE best powerlifting club in Denmark. I’m sure that they’ll teach me how to bench/squat/deadlift properly.
I’m not sure I’d say we (Sarah joined my club) is the best in Denmark, but there are some decent lifters. Hopefully Sarah will be a great asset for the club.
3. What is your biggest weakness as a powerlifter and what are you doing to address this?
Actually I don’t consider myself good at any of the 3 powerlifts. I’ve become decent at squatting by now (nothing crazy), but I’ve always struggled a lot with bench press and deadlift.
Right now I’m trying to focus on those 2 lifts, but without any real guidance, which is why I’ve joined a powerlifting club.
With Sarah’s work ethic, I’m sure she’ll be moving on nicely. I’ve already talked to her a bit over the past year about her deadlift, but training around stronger people regularly will be good for her no doubt. We’ll also hopefully get to train together some more. 🙂
4. You’re an extremely experienced and accomplished CFer and weightlifter. Can you use this as a powerlifter? Or do you get nervous thinking about being on the powerlifting platform again?
I had the most fun, I’ve ever had at any competition at my first powerlifting meet 2 years ago. I like that fact that I know what I’m training for (compared to CrossFit), and in my world less can go wrong in powerlifting (compared to CrossFit and weightlifting).
I’m in the process of setting goals for my next powerlifting meet and I hope I’ll have just as much fun as last time – and hopefully break a record or two
My best lifts at the moment are:
Squat: 120 kg.
Deadlift: 130 kg.
Bench press: 80 kg (2 reps)
… not on the same day though…
Raw powerlifting in particular is alot simpler than CF. You know pretty much everything will be the same from meet to meet.This allows you to visualize and focus mentally before a meet.
Seeing Sarah on the platform again is gonna be great, I can’t wait.
You can follow Sarah’s training here.