Barbara Lee - Powerlifter

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

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

I am a competitive powerlifter and state referee in the USPA. I am 35 years old and have been competing for 5 years. I am a founder and coach of Relentless Power Systems with athletes across the US. I currently reside in Houston, TX and train at Texas Elite Barbell.

2. How did you get into it?

I started working out to lose weight. I drank excessively and had very low self esteem. My trainer introduced me to weightlifting after I hit my goal weight, and I fell in love with the sport. It helped change my life because I wanted to make sure I was healthy and able to progress in the sport. Training became more important than nursing hangovers, and I realized that I was motivating others. I wanted to lead by example.

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3. What are your best lifts?

Raw squat (1 year ago) - 347lbs
Classic Raw squat (with knee wraps) - 435lbs
Bench Press - 242lbs
Deadlift - 451lbs

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

I pride myself in being a very technically sound lifter. I train and coach lifters to workout within rep ranges to learn to push past comfort barriers, but not go overboard. I love pushing myself as long as my form doesn't break down significantly.

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

I eat big, but I eat clean. A lot of veggies. I minimize dairy as much as I can. I refrain from lots of junk food. I learned that what I eat before and after workouts plays a huge part in recovery, so it's become critical in keeping my body fat down and gaining lean muscle. I eat between 2000-2500 calories depending on the day, but of course those needs differ from person to person.

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

ALL OF THEM lol. I train 4 days a week: 1 day for each of the big lifts and their supporting muscles, as well as an extra upper body day.

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

I don't test maxes anywhere else except the platform, so I track my progress by improvement on rep ranges. For example, if I finish my previous cycle doing a certain weight for 5 reps and now I can do it for 8-10, I've gotten stronger.

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

Deadlifting is my favorite, but definitely not easier. I guess I would say squatting is "easier".

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

Ahhh the coveted 2 plates, 3 plates, 4 plates combo lol. Bench 225, squat 315, and deadlift 405. I would also have to say breaking into the 1000lb total club in October 2016.

10. What do you like doing away from powerlifting?

I am a makeup junkie. I will spend hours in Sephora and ULTA just looking at new makeup and playing in products.

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

It doesn't matter what it feels like, don't stop!

12. Future goals?

First, continue to grow Relentless Power Systems. Second, deadlift 500lbs. Third, own my own gym.

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