Sarah Holiday - Powerlifter

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

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

I am 24 years old, and was born and raised in Houston, Texas. I have been powerlifting for a year now. I am being coached by Barbara Lee and train at Texas Elite Barbell.

2. How did you get into it?

After noticing that I was gaining weight and feeling fatigued, I decided to start working out. My boyfriend then took the time to show me how to lift weights. I heard about a powerlifting team at my university and decided to join, and along the way I fell in love with it.

3. What are your best lifts?

Squat: 203.9 lbs (in competition), Bench Press: 99 lbs (in competition) Deadlift: 315 lbs.


Deadlift PR: 315 lbs. ?????? I haven't consistently deadlifted since September, but I decided to go for a pr regardless. #sholidayfitness #deadlift #girlswhopowerlift #random #powerlifting

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

Staying tight and being consistent with my setup is a must. I've learned a lot from coaches and other powerlifters that has helped me improve as I continuously keep working on my technique.

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

I eat when I'm hungry and stop when I'm full. I try to focus on eating my food instead of being distracted by electronics. I don't consume dairy and I limit the amount of meat I eat. I currently don't know my caloric intake.

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

I train 4 days a week. I have a bodybuilding style workout on one day and powerlifting days with accessory work on the other three days. I target all of my muscles.

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

I keep track of how easy or difficult the lift felt. Sometimes I'll test my 1 rep max.

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

Deadlifts are the easiest lift for me because I enjoy doing them. I feel like wonder woman when I do deadlifts.

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

Reaching my goals of deadlifting 303 lbs. and bench pressing 99 lbs. in my last competition. Also placing second in the 63kg weight class at my last competition (2017 USAPL Summer Power Fest).

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

Powerlifting has helped me grow my mental strength and confidence. Trusting the process of putting in hard work and seeing the results has been very motivating. Also, powerlifting has taught me that if I'm passionate about something and I can put my heart into it, then I can be successful doing it.


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11. What do you like doing away from powerlifting?

I enjoy helping others. I love working with kids. I love makeup and applying it on myself and my family.

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

"The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it.” -Arnold H. Glasow

13. Future goals?

My future powerlifting goals are:
Squat - 225 lbs.
Bench - 105 lbs.
Deadlift - 340lbs.

Contact info:
IG: https://www.instagram.com/sarah.a.holiday
email: sholidayfitness@gmail.com


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