My first strongwoman competition was on April 12th, 2015. I had been working with my new coach, Chad Canter of Power NYC Training, for about a month, and I was utterly terrified. The last time I had competed in a sport was 6th grade softball.

Hitting a personal best at my first national contest, November 2015. Photo courtesy Seth Miller.

Strongman/strongwoman is a strength sport wherein competitors compete to see who can lift the heaviest, most awkward objects the most times, or who can lift the heaviest weight. Every competition is slightly different, though some classic events are the log press, yoke walk, car deadlift, farmer carry, circus dumbbell, and atlas stone load.

Chad thought it was important I compete sooner rather than later, in order to mentally prepare myself for the harder, larger competition I had registered for later that May. I performed well, had a great time, and took 2nd place in the Women’s Novice division. I competed again less than 2 months later and haven’t looked back.

Atlas stone over bar for the win at Delaware’s Strongest, April 2016.

I’ve since competed in 21 strongman competitions at the regional, ]national level, and world level, and am currently preparing to qualify for my 22nd, coming up in December 2018. I now train with The Performance Vibe under Andrew Triana.

Training in strongwoman has helped me change as a person, athlete, teacher, and artist, and as I continue to grow with this exciting and diverse sport, I hope to give back to it as much as it has given to me. One of my goals is help to educate more people about this amazing sport, and make it more accessible through creating educational content, performance seminars, and writing.

Circus Dumbell at the 2018 Strongman Games: World’s Strongest Woman. Photo: Scott Lloyd Photography.