Teresa Gonzalez - Powerlifter

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

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

-33 Year old Mother of 2, Owner of Texas Elite Barbell in Houston, Texas ďHoustonís Strongest GymĒ Iíve been Powerlifting for a short 3 yrs but just getting started.

2. How did you get into it?

-What started as a competitive bet between two sisters on who could out total who on the platform turned into a great Love and Passion for the Sport.

3. What are your best lifts?

-Squat:347 Bench:187 Deadlift:407 (Platform numbers)

Last night I made a wish and today it came true????See yíall Bitches in LA #AmericanCup2018 #TexasEliteBarbell #HoustonsStrongestGym #RelentlessPowerSystems #LAFitExpo2018

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

-It's all been in trial and error with my first coach Joey Franzo (JoeyFlexx) Powerlifting was completely new to me when I first inquired about coaching. From quarter squatting, to barely benching the bar, and a deadlift? Whatís that? Lol itís been 3 years full of learning as I go and I am happy with how far I have come. Iím nowhere close to where I want to be.

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

-To be completely honest I have a horrible diet and eat whatever it is my heart desires as long as I am in taking enough protein and stay within 5 lbs of my competing weight of 75kg Iím happy.

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

-I currently train 4 days a week. Each main lift on a different day with accessories. And one full training day of just accessories. Accessories are mostly Hamstrings, triceps, Glutes and Back. (GHR, hip thrusts, tricep ext and pull downs, rows, lat pull downs, you know your basic bodybuilding type work)

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

-I only really monitor during training cycles for a competition. I keep track in a spread sheet of all of my training and numbers hit in training. Iíve never gone backwards on lifts. Numbers are always increasing. Slow but steady. Off season is just maintaining for me.

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

-The easiest lift for me I would say is my Squat. Not only is it my favorite lift but Iíve always had very strong legs and well they most definitely help me in my squat.

Big Back = Big Bench is what I was told so I've been working on my Big Back and this bench is getting better Fam!???? 180X3 for ya Girl ??

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

-I have two moments I will never forget. 1 being Texas States in 2016, it was the first meet that my boys attended. I was the last pull of the day and had been chasing 400+ for a year and I just knew with how my meet was going I wouldnít be able to lock that out so I went with 391 and that was still pushing it. My Youngest son Joshua who is also my biggest fan came up to me as I was getting in my head for the lift hugs me and says ďMomma look at me! You are gonna pull this for me, right?!Ē Of course I said Yes baby this is for you! Platform Ready! I set up, and all I could here was Josh screaming in the crowd Come on Momma! Well with a tight back and all that 391 was locked out!

2 Memorable moment would be 2016 IPL worlds where I placed 3rd by Wilks! I never expected to win I had no intention on even going there to place. I went to get a 400+ deadlift and a 400+ Wilks and walked away with 3rd place. That feeling of accomplishment will forever be remembered.

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

-We all struggle with something that has either broken us down or changed us. Everything Iíve been through, the pains, the struggles, itís all the wood to my fire. Iíve learned that I can use those things to make me stronger both physically and mentally. Your mentality is what you create.

11. What do you like doing away from powerlifting?

-As a gym owner I Love helping my Gym Family grow as individuals inside and outside the gym. I love the outdoors. And above all else I love spending as much time as possible with my boys and enjoying their childhood with them.

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

-ďHow Bad Do You Want it?!Ē

13. Future goals?

-To not only have the Strongest gym in Houston but the Biggest Powerlifting Gym in Texas. This is just the beginning and there is no Stopping for me.

Thank you,
Teresa Jeanine Gonzalez
Texas Elite Barbell
"Houston's Strongest Gym"

Contact info:
IG: https://www.instagram.com/momma__t___
email: texaselitebarbell@gmail.com

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