Powerlifting Isn't Just For Boys

Discussion in 'Female Training Discussion' started by PillarofBalance, Mar 14, 2012.

  1. PillarofBalance

    PillarofBalance Strength Pimp Staff Member

    Feb 27, 2011

    In the weight room at Lehman High School in Hays County, the girls work out right alongside the guys and they're lifting almost as much.

    "I started squatting with 145, now I'm at 345," says senior Alexis Pineda.

    Powerlifting has been a popular sport at the school for several years. This year, along with two boys, six girls qualified for state.

    "We come in completely decked out in pink and ready to lift," said Pineda.

    "I think there’s a big misconception. Our girls are very proud of what they lift," said Coach Eric Ray.

    The athletes train at least four days a week to build up their strength.

    "I just love this sport because I feel strong," said 109-pound Michaela Casillo.

    Castillo is the former Miss Teen Kyle, who has a three lift total, which includes dead lift, bench press and squat, of 730 pounds.

    "A lot of people, when I tell them I'm a powerlifter, they're like, what? They're taken aback and they don't believe me," said Castillo.

    As for the guys on the team, they say the girls make great teammates.

    "They're really fun to lift with, I love it. They're good inspiration, keep myself working hard," said Senior Brandon Alford.

    Coach Trey Rose adds, "For some of the guys it's motivation because some of the girls can lift almost as much as they can so it motivates them to push themselves because they don't want to say they got outlifted by a girl. But I wouldn't put it past these girls. Women can go out and do anything a man can and this is thought of as a man's sport, but it's not."

    The state meet is March 17 in Corpus Christi.
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  2. jandj0821

    jandj0821 VIP Member

    Jul 7, 2011
    Lol! Nice post POB
  3. Rottenrogue

    Rottenrogue Strongwoman Administrator Staff Member

    Jan 26, 2011
    :D great post
  4. shocketi

    shocketi New Member

    Sep 23, 2011
    Love it! I used to lift in HS as well and was one of only 4 girls in the class but two of them dropped out. We were in it to get strong and the guys completely supported and encouraged us without being creepy about it.
  5. dangerouscurves

    dangerouscurves TID Lady VIP

    May 25, 2011
  6. kjake55

    kjake55 Member

    Jun 11, 2012
    I train like a girl...try to keep up! :D

    Great post OP.
  7. monsoon

    monsoon Senior Bacon VIP

    Nov 1, 2010
    My daughter is the only one of my kids who shows any interest in weights and she's only 4. Maybe there is hope for the monsoon legacy.
  8. TenaciousA

    TenaciousA MuscleHead

    Mar 31, 2013
    POB, thanks for posting. I was, and still am (like we all are) THAT girl lifting right alongside the boys. Feels FANTASTIC.
  9. kov

    kov Senior Member

    Feb 6, 2014
    Just look at Bev Francis in the beginning
  10. GuerillaKilla

    GuerillaKilla Certified Pillow Biter

    Jul 17, 2013
    I love hearing about any young athletes defying misconceptions, stereotypes, and social bullshit and kicking ass all over the place.

    Great post.
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  11. porky little keg

    porky little keg MuscleHead

    May 21, 2011
    Great post.....

    I will say, this is the one really good thing I've seen come from crossfit - showing girls that you can lift weights and it's okay.
  12. JonM

    JonM New Member

    Feb 3, 2014
    Good work ladies! :)

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