yourself. Who are you? How old are you? Where were you born? Etc. Give the
readers some background about yourself.
My name is Amy
Walden. I am originally from Louisville, GA. I am 21 years old and a fourth
year at the University of Georgia. I am majoring in Nutrition Science.
Do you compete
equipped (squat suit, bench press shirt & deadlift suit) or unequipped (no
suits) or both and what weight class(s) and divisions(s) do you compete in?
I mostly compete
equipped, but I have competed unequipped as well. I have competed in both the
181lb and 165lb weight class in the open and junior divisions.
What was your
last competition and how did you do?
My last meet was
Collegiate Nationals in Orlando, FL in April 2014. I placed 8th
overall. My best numbers were 325lb squat, 165lb benchpress and 325lb deadlift.
When was your
The American Open
in December 2012.
How did you
improve from your first competition to your most recent?
Form was a key
issue as well as getting proper equipment and not being so nervous. I had to
learn to be confident in myself and what I was capable of.
What is your
Nationals 2015 in Atlanta, GA.
What do you plan
on doing differently for that meet if anything?
For my last meet I
had to cut almost 20lbs but for this one, I’ve done a good job at maintaining
weight (158) so that won’t be an issue. It’s hard to cut weight and gain strength
at the same time.
Where are you
located in Georgia and where do you train at?
I am located in
Athens, GA and I train at the Ramsey Student Center on campus.
What are your
hobbies (other than powerlifting)?
I love watching
football, hanging out with friends, and doing anything fun.
Who do you think is the greatest lifter of all
He just doesn’t seem human.
something that most people don’t know about you?
Before I got into
powerlifting, I was really into agriculture and FFA. I competed in several
forestry competitions (state, local, and national) and learned to identify
every tree native to Georgia.
What is your
occupation? Does it interfere with competing or visa versa?
I am a Strength and Conditioning manager at the
Ramsey Student Center. It doesn’t really interfere with training or competing.
School does a good job of that.
How did you get
into powerlifting and how many years have you been competing?
I’ve always been
interested in lifting and wanted to learn more about it. When I got to college,
I looked for some type of lifting club to join and that’s when I discovered
powerlifting and fell in love with it.
Are you involved in powerlifting in any way
besides as a competitor?
I am the Vice
President of the UGA Powerlifting Club. We recruit others to our team and
assist them with training and competing.
What are your
biggest squat, bench press, deadlift and total numbers? And how do your best
training numbers compare to your best competition numbers?
Squat- 325, Bench-
165, and Deadlift- 325. Those are my best competition numbers.
would you give a new lifter just starting out?
Learn proper form
from the start. It makes the lift easier when you start adding weight and it
prevents injury. Also, don’t worry so much about not being strong enough or
ready to compete. Everybody has to start somewhere.
Why did you decide to
I’ve always loved
competition. Plus it was something I had never done before and I love new
experiences and trying new things. It also really motivates you in training
because it gives you a goal and something to train for.
Can you describe
your training philosophy and/or a typical training session?
I always try to
get the most out of every workout. I don’t want to leave knowing I didn’t put
everything I had into it. Right now, I squat and bench three times a week and deadlift
twice a week but not heavy each time. I’ve started including a lot of accessory
work and doing more RDLs and rack pulls to increase my deadlift, which has
always been my weakest lift.
What is your
favorite lift, squat or bench press or deadlift or all three and why?
Squat for sure. That’s the lift that I’ve always
been the best at.
Do you have any
rivals in powerlifting?
Myself. I always
want to get better and stronger and beat my own numbers.
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