Christina Nosari - Powerlifter

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

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

I am a lawyer and a CrossFit coach. I started powerlifting casually about 4 years ago, but didnít get serious about it until about 2 years ago.

2. How did you get into it?

I was an amateur boxer in college, and I started CrossFit in law school. My CrossFit gym there held an unsanctioned powerlifting meet when I was first getting into CrossFit, and I decided to sign up just for fun. I really enjoyed it, and I did my first sanctioned meet about 2 years later.

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3. What are your best lifts?

Deadlift has always been my best - 330 lbs was my last max.

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

I have a pretty classic powerlifter style with most of my lifts: low bar back squat with a moderately wide stance, conventional deadlift, and wide grip bench with an arch. Since I didnít have a powerlifting coach until about 3 months ago, I learned most of that from watching videos of other powerlifters.

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

I eat a vegan diet, but that doesnít mean I donít eat a lot! I eat around 2,000 calories per day for maintenance and around 2,200 per day when Iím bulking. When I have meets coming up and I have to cut weight, I eat around 1,800 calories per day. I have counted macros in the past, and although I donít count exact numbers anymore, I still try to make sure to hit about 40% carbs, 30% protein, and 30% fat every day.

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

I have been working with a new coach for about 3 months now. He has me training 5 days per week. Usually I squat twice a week, deadlift once a week, and bench 3 times a week. For each day, I usually have sets of one or two big lifts and then some accessory work. A lot of my accessory work targets my upper back, because a strong upper back can increase all 3 big lifts, so I do a lot of lat pulls, rear delt flies, rows, etc.

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

The best test is always on the platform. I usually try to hit my openers a couple weeks before a meet and then save the big lifts for meet day.

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

Deadlift has always been the easiest for me, because my spinal erectors are probably my strongest muscles.

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

Every competition has been memorable, particularly the sanctioned ones. The feeling of being on the platform is indescribable. Of course when I place in a meet, that is always an incredible feeling as well.

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

As far as mental strength relates to powerlifting, I try to set small goals, and now that I am with a great coach, just trust the process instead of getting frustrated. It isnít always easy, but I try to keep in mind that it will be worth it when I step on the platform again. I also practice yoga sometimes, which I think is very good for mental strength. Regarding non-powerlifting-related mental strength, I do a lot of reading and documentary watching.

11. What do you like doing away from powerlifting?

I love being with my boyfriend and our dogs. We have 3 dogs, and they are a ton of fun. I also love music (mostly metal) and going to concerts. We usually go to a couple every month.

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

ďTo live is to suffer. To survive is to find some meaning in the suffering.Ē - Nietzsche

13. Future goals?

I want to go to USAPL Raw Nationals in the next couple of years. I want to deadlift over 400 lbs. Ultimately, I just want to become as strong as I possibly can.

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