1. Please introduce yourself. Who are
you? How old are you? Where were you born? Etc. Give the readers some
background about yourself.
My name is Lara Sturm. I was born and raised on the north
shore of Massachusetts and am 44 years old. Between my husband and I we have
four kids, 9,10,11, and 18 – 2 boys and 2 girls.
My husband and I spend a lot of time at the gym – we own
and operate a CrossFit gym with a strength focus. He trains for Olympic lifting
while I train for Powerlifting.
2. Where are you located in Georgia and where do you train at?
We live in Johns
Creek and I train at our gym – CrossFit Johns Creek – three times a week and once
a week with Josh Rohr at Quest. Josh does all my programming and I pretty much
just follow what he writes out. Being new to powerlifting, I didn’t really know
how to train for competition.
3. What are your hobbies (other than
None right now – I don’t have a whole lot of free time.
4. What is something that most people don’t know about you?
I have a degree in Fine Art – I used to draw and paint a lot. I also love
5. What is your occupation? Does it interfere with competing or visa
My husband and
I own and coach at a CrossFit gym located in Johns Creek.
My experience competing has made
me a better coach and I know my members have benefitted. (Nine CFJC members that
competed in the USAPL GA Games event with me and all of them did well. I was
really proud of them!) There are so many nuances to moving a barbell correctly
that have been drilled into my head repeatedly. Because of my experience
lifting I program our workouts somewhat differently than I used to – our athletes
squat, bench, and deadlift more often and now do it with better form. Their
numbers have skyrocketed and I know my experience gained from training for
powerlifting is a big part of that.
6. How did you get into powerlifting and how many years have you been
I am a novice at this– my first meet was in
March of this year – Battle on the Border in SC. (Team Georgia!!!)
I was an out of shape stay-at-home Mom with a toddler and an infant when I
first got into working out. I lost my “baby weight,” got muscles, and wanted to
compete. So for several years I competed in Figure and trained with a pro
bodybuilder. I was way into it: I
started working as a personal trainer and was chasing my pro card. After about four
years I got disenchanted with it and wanted to find something I could compete
in that was based on performance over looks. I found CrossFit and instantly
loved it – it’s hard, never boring, with lots of barbell moves. It has always been
the lifting – especially deadlifts -- that we do as part of CrossFit that I
My old knee injury started getting worse towards the end of 2011 and my knee
started to dislocate often, with almost any dynamic movement. I had to change up my workouts and I knew my
knee never came out while squatting or deadlifting. I started lifting more often
as a way to give my knee a break. The more I concentrated on lifting the more I
liked it and I started thinking I’d like to compete in powerlifting.
I go over to Quest to buy equipment for our gym pretty frequently. While I was
over there I was talking to some of the guys about competing and they mentioned
an upcoming meet. I started training with Josh as soon as I could and lifted at
Battle on the Border – it was such a high that I got hooked.
What are your
biggest squat, bench press, deadlift and total numbers?
I plan on beating all of these at the Raw Nationals on Aug 3. Best Squat
255lb, Bench Press 142lb, Deadlift 308lb, total 689lb.
8. What titles, records and achievements have you accumulated during
your powerlifting career?
I currently hold 8 state records in GA – for all three lifts and total
for my weight class in open and in my age group. Records are meant to be broken
and they will be…
9. Can you describe your training philosophy and/or a typical
I want to make my numbers for what is planned for that day. I make sure I
know what I am doing a couple of days in advance to get my head around it. I
try to give myself a long warm-up and get it done. I never train solo either
(boring, hate it) and we try to have fun while we are lifting but sometimes I
have to turn up some angry music and really focus to get into a big set.
10. 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?
Unequipped, weight class 148, Open and Masters (40-44)
11. What is your favorite lift, squat or bench press or deadlift or
all three and why?
Deadlift!!!! It’s just so pure – you “just” have to pick it up!
I love bench too – it’s so much more technical than the normal Joe in the globo
gym has any clue about!! It’s probably my weak point though – my shoulder does
not want to cooperate lately.
12. Do you have any upcoming
competitions? If so, when and where?
YES! Raw Nationals baby – Killen, TX - August 3.
13. How do you prepare for an upcoming competition? Describe each
aspect that you focus on as you prepare for a competition.
Train – and try not to miss a scheduled day. Hit numbers that are planned
for that day. That is about it.
Is there anything you will
do differently to prepare for your next competition that is different from your
Not really… I am really
focusing on just hitting a 340 Wilks coefficient so that I can qualify for the
Arnold for 2013. It’s my first national competition so I just need to focus on
what I need to do. The mental prep for
this one was different! There are some women in my weight class that have CRAZY
numbers – as much as it is great to win, it’s not like I can pull a 400lb
deadlift out of the air. The local competitions have so few women in each
weight class that it is going to be very different!
competitions do you compete in each year?
lol – well I guess I don’t know the answer to that one yet. TBD
16. Who is your greatest competitor/rival and why?
I am really not competing
against anyone except for myself. My goal at my first meet is just to set three
new PRs and I expect it will stay the same. OK… except for wanting to hit a 340
Wilks at the Nationals too.
17. What advice & tips would you give to a powerlifter that is
just beginning? If you are just beginning, what advice have you received from
other lifters or coaches?
Believe in yourself and stay focused. Train for it often and don’t miss a
training day. Have a good coach - powerlifting is more technical than it gets
credit for. Don’t take yourself too seriously but don’t mess around. Be ready
to lift heavy!
18. What is your favorite memory from any powerlifting competition or