NATIONAL power lifting record holder Kat Becker will challenge some of the strongest women in the world when she competes in the international tournament Pro RAW 7 in Melbourne.
Becker (31) of Wundowie makes up in strength what she may lack in height, standing at just 162cm tall and lifting two and a half times her body weight.
The petite power lifter is hoping Friday, November 13 will be her lucky day and see her break a new record.
“When I started out I just wanted to see if I could be as good as everyone else,” she said.
“I found I could squat good numbers. Being naturally competitive, I moved into amateur competitions to learn the rules.
“The more you do, the more your body adjusts.”
Coming fifth out of six in her first competition simply encouraged her to “try harder”.
Fast forward a few years and Becker’s ability to raise the bar in her weight division is the benchmark for other women to follow.
“Power lifting is a very supportive sport, involving a close-knit bunch of people; I’d really encourage more women to get involved.
“It’s a growing sport.”
Becker describes ‘benching’ as an art form and emphasises the importance of learning to lift safely.
“I’ve seen some people fall over lifting and that’s why in competitions ‘spotters’ are close by to help out if needed.”
Despite suffering a dislocated shoulder and torn muscles in the past, Becker’s love of strength training is undiminished.
“When I first saw the world records, I realised I could be world class.”
Becker works as an insurance broker by day and trains five times a week for an hour or more, starting with a warm-up and building to her ‘working weights’.
“Having a desk job, it’s so important to exercise and in the past I’ve supplemented my routine with 20km obstacle courses.”