Ayse Jones - Powerlifter Interview

Author: Jonathan. L, owner - Models Observer
November 2017

1. Tell us about yourself and how long have you been powerlifting?

Iím from South Florida and I moved to Indiana last year. Iím coached by Steve Goggins and I train at his gym GogginsForce in Marietta GA, at Everyday Athletes in Louisville KY and I also have a garage gym. I recently became a judge for the USPA. Iíve been lifting about 6 years and powerlifting for a little over 4. I'm also a senior at U of L for Exercise Science.

2. How did you get into it?

I started going to the gym to be lean or aesthetic or whatever but after a while I liked going heavier and didnít enjoy the diet of bodybuilding or want to do a show. A friend from my old gym in FL told me I should do a meet, so I did one which I did pretty bad at but I liked it so I did more and got better at it.

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3. What are your best lifts?

341 raw squat/ 226 bench/ 419 deadlift @162

4. What is your lifting technique like and how did you develop it?

I try to lift aggressively but with control of the weight and not wasting too much energy.

5. How do you utilize your diet as a way to maintain your weight while increasing strength? What is your caloric intake?

When Iím off season, I donít track calories and eat mostly healthy but Iíll have sweets and pizza and all the breads. Usually this is for a few months then Iíll be back in meet prep so Iíll continue that if Iím meet weight. If Iím over the weight I want to be, I slightly reduce my calories and track them until the meet. I do it slowly and donít get too much over 165 so it dosenít effect my strength. Weight loss calories are around 1900 on low days and 2400 on high days. Maintenance 2200; 2500

6. Please describe your daily/weekly training. Which muscles do you target to improve lifting?

I squat and deadlift once a week and bench 2-3 times. Right now Iím focusing most on hamstrings and shoulders but I do all kinds of accessories that work all the muscles.

7. How do you monitor your strength building process in squat, bench and deadlift?

I keep track of how many reps Iíve done for a certain weight just by writing it down in a log and when I have to do that weight again, if I can do more reps or its easier then itís getting better. If I have videos of both sets I can compare them and see if my speed has improved etc.

8. Which lift is easier for you, and why?

Deadlifts seemed to come to me easier than the other 2 lifts, I guess less to think about just go pick it up. When I first started it was my favorite by far but now I like them all. Bench started getting kinda good a couple meets ago and Iím finally starting to like squats.

9. Tell us about some of your most memorable moments in powerlifting so far.

Last meet when I benched over 2 plates at the Expo after having elbow issues at the end of meet prep.
Squatting double bodyweight and pulling over 400 in a meet.
The times Iíve got to travel and compete with my team.
Training with and meeting different lifters.

10. How do you successfully grow your mental strength in addition to physical strength?

Be positive, like if the program says do what seems like a lot of weight or it feels heavy when I unrack it, tell myself I aint no bitch and just do it. I also never skip workouts, I might do it late or move it to the next day or just skip doing some other unrelated activity because no excuses it needs to get done.

11. What do you like doing away from powerlifting?

I enjoy walking trails and by the river and scenic stuff like that. I also like mowing the lawn and attempting to plant fruit and vegetables.

12. What is your favorite motto/quote in life?

"Don't have $100 shoes and a 10 cent squat." - Louie Simmons

13. Future goals?

Short term: Bench 250 in a meet.
Long term: Top 10 all time in each lift and total in my weight class.

Contact info:
IG: https://www.instagram.com/jones_gsaf
email: aysej305@gmail.com

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