Records will fall
with Amanda Lawrence
We’re less than 2 months away from the Sheffield 2020 competition now, and I’d like to thank SBD, and SBD USA for helping me to get an interview with one of the lifters from the event, Amanda Lawrence. The event promises to be an awesome occasion, with the top 24 lifters from around the world, fighting it out for a cash prize fund of £250,000, world records and the chance to be number 1! To buy your tickets, follow this link on British Powerlifting https://www.britishpowerlifting.org/news/ipf-sbd-sheffield-2020-international
You can follow Amanda on instagram if you don’t already at @miss.amanda.ann. She’s the IPF -84kg World Champion, and has an absolutely amazing total, but an even cooler attitude, check it out below!
How did you get started in the sport?
I played soccer and basketball growing up and I always excelled in those sports, and then I fractured my tibia in my senior year in high school and had to give up on the college sports idea. My mom suggested I try out bodybuilding so I gave that a shot and I liked it. Then a buddy at the gym asked me to try out powerlifting so I figured why not? I just did my first meet and it was history from there.
I’ve never found something in the gym fun to train for consistently other than powerlifting. With cardio or dumbbell work I feel I can’t really push myself, and pushing myself is what keeps me going. This started out as a hobby and it’s turned into something more than that.
How do you feel about other women in the powerlifting world looking to you as a source of motivation?
It surprised me honestly. I just started posting all my lifts on Instagram from the start to track my own progress, and it blew up into not just a lifting diary, but a place for people to look for motivation and my name just got out there quickly. It’s not something I anticipated happening.
Powerlifting used to be really male dominant, and now I feel I’m helping to bring more women to the forefront. It’s cool to see everybody come together and cheer each other on. Being strong is empowering. Now women are showing everyone that this is not a male sport, and that we’re strong too.
How do you manage all the work you need to do outside of the gym to stay competitive?
What I do outside of training is going to affect training. So I need to be making sure that I'm hitting my meals, getting enough protein in, and getting enough carbs in before training, and making sure I'm getting enough sleep.
Believe it or not, the more you sleep, the better your training sessions go and like that's not something that I like was always able to do when I was working a full time job before. Now I'm fortunate because I'm able to coach athletes online and then with the help of sponsors I'm able to keep a free schedule. So I'm able to kind of like control these factors better and train at the same time every day, so there's a full day of recovery.
I don't skip days except on very rare occasions. I work out six days a week. Five of those days I’m benching which is why my bench has blown up. Two days of squatting and two days of deadlifting just because while I used to squat every day once you get up there with weight it’s not really attainable to sustain. My legs are so sore from yesterday!
How excited are you for your next big competition?
This past month has felt depressing in a sense for me. When the next meet feels so far down the road it’s difficult. I feel like I'm starting to come back right now because we’re less than 10 weeks out from the Sheffield championships. It’s motivating because now it feels like we’re training for something. Because 16 weeks out sounds like forever!
I’m competing at Sheffield because it’s the biggest meet in powerlifting yet and I’m trying to make history, and Sheffield is where it’s going to happen. It’s just going to be exciting on a platform that you may never get to be on again. I’ve only ever competed against other 84 or 84+ lifters in the same session. It will be cool to be in the same session as different lifters like Heather Connor.
It’s going to be different when we’re sat there on our chairs behind the curtain and you see different faces back there. With Daniella [Melo] and I are normally at the top we’re looking at each other, and not those below us, but at Sheffield we’ll be looking side-to-side and seeing all these other champions.
The pressure will be on because these people are hungry and they want to eat too, and they’ve all proved themselves too, and this is for best overall. We’re not just winning our weight class, we’re looking for world records and winning overall. We might be friends outside of the meet but once it comes to meet time, we’ve never been in a situation where we’re in competition mode against each other.