Our first #FemaleANDPowerful
feature is the strong and beautiful, Abbie Perault (@abbs.mae
)! Read below to find out more!
Sophmore at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Nutrition, Exercise, and Health Sciences Major
Lifting 2 years, started as a Senior in High school
Starting numbers: 220 Squat, 115 Bench, 248 Deadlift
Current numbers: 300 Squat, 125 Bench, 280 Deadlift 👉 "My favorite part about powerlifting is that it gives me a way to gain strength, but also it helps me to relive stress and anxiety. When I go to the gym and workout I forget about everything that I need to do or get done by a certain time. I love powerlifting because it not only has helped me grow in strength, but it also has helped me to find ways to relax and recharge a bit.
My advice would be to just try it out. You never know until you try whether you will enjoy it or not. If its something you enjoy to do, take small steps to improvement. One thing that is awesome about this sport is that you are only really competing with yourself.
Some challenges I have faced are injury and weight gain. I have always been worried about how I look and how much I weigh. This became an even bigger issue when I started lifting more and gaining muscle. This made the number on the scale go up, which caused me to freak out and question whether I was doing something wrong. What I realized though was that yes, I was gaining weight, but only because I was gaining muscle. Just because the number went up on the scale didn’t mean I was gaining bad weight. It meant I was gaining strength and overall I have realized that I am way more confident in the way I look now then I ever was before I started seriously lifting. It’s not about the number the scale reads, it’s about how you feel in your own body. Everyones healthy looks different, and that is the biggest thing I learned through this struggle. Strong is the new skinny, and I love feeling strong and confident.
Improvement. One thing that is awesome about this sport is that there is always room for improvement. Room to improve form, room to improve strength, and room to improve in confidence. I am excited to see where I get to in the next few years..."