This interview is from Issue #1 of Strengh Prose - New Beginnings.
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By Danny Lee.
I decided Sheina was a good person to interview for this issue due to the fact that just over a year ago she was a beginner herself and is a great example of all of the opportunities that can arise when New Beginnings are capitalised on.
A bit of background on Sheina—she is 21, from Manchester and a student of University of Liverpool. Prior to becoming a powerlifter Sheina played rugby union in her first year of university.
What got you into powerlifting? -
I kind of stumbled upon powerlifting. Id never heard of it before. Id Been going to the gym for a few months and really enjoyed it, and somehow i discovered Taylor’s strength online and then I discovered powerlifting and the rest is history.
How Did You Train Before Powerlifting? -
Before powerlifting I didn’t really focus on the compound lifts, I couldn’t deadlift and I certainly couldn’t squat to depth.
Obviously my strength has improved massively, but also just generally technique has and is constantly improving. I’m also learning that maxing out constantly doesn’t work, and that following a plan will lead to gains in the long term.
What is your biggest achievement in powerlifting so far? -
My biggest achievement to date is coming 4th at the British juniors in September, my first national competition. Despite the day not going exactly to plan I still managed to bag a couple of NW records too.
I’ve got a few months now till my next comp, the British Women’s to improve on technique and strength with Danny’s help. I hope to join the 400 Wilks Club and get into the top 3 juniors in the 57kg class, as well achieve a 70+ bench.
Who inspires you in powerlifting? (before getting into it and now) -
Since starting powerlifting I have been constantly discovering inspiring lifters. Stefi Cohen is one id say is inspiring on the world stage and then there’s Cat Smith, a fellow 57kg lifter who holds the junior world record on deadlift, I can only hope to have deadlift as strong as hers very soon.
How do you maintain the work/life/training balance? -
I am currently a third year medical student, which means balancing training on top of long days and studying, and making sure to eat enough before training as well as sleeping enough, this means sacrificing having a busy social life and accepting that the occasional training session won’t go as well as I’d like. However, this makes me more determined to do well.
What advice would you give to anyone who wanted to get into powerlifting? -
I would say to anyone thinking of starting or unsure whether powerlifting is for them, everyone has to start somewhere so give it a try, it’s a very rewarding sport and by picking the right coach you will get stronger in no time.