March 2012 - Victoria Robison
- Please introduce yourself. Who are you? How old are you? What are your hobbies (other than powerlifting)? Please give the readers an idea of what it’s like to be you.
My name is Victoria Robison. I’m almost 18yrs old and a senior at Peachtree Ridge High School. I enjoy powerlifting, photography, cuddling with my dog, and being with family and friends.
- Where are you located in Georgia and where do you train at?
I live in Lawrenceville, Ga and train at the Quest gym in Duluth, Georgia
- What is something that most people don’t know about you?
Voted “Most Likely to be a Comedian” superlative
- What is your occupation?
Currently unemployed, but I do have a photography business
- Do you find that your occupation interferes with competing or visa versa?
Trick question. Nothing interferes with competing.
- How many years have you been competing?
I’ve been competing a little over a year.
- How did you get into powerlifting?
I’ve always been involved in sports, but after deciding not to play soccer anymore and recovering from knee surgery in 2010, my dad, Jeff Robison, asked if I’d want to give powerlifting a shot. I was interesting in doing it, especially since I had seen him compete and love it himself. A week or so later, I began training and it’s been fun ever since.
- What are your biggest squat, bench press, deadlift and total numbers?
I’m not good with remembering my numbers, but I believe my best raw numbers are 214 squat, 126 bench and 264 deadlift. My best numbers equipped are a 275 squat, 155 bench and a 292 deadlift.
- What titles, records and achievements did you accumulate in your powerlifting career?
I placed 2nd at Women’s Nationals last year in the 148lb weight class. I hold the Georgia State Records for bench, and squat, along with an American Record in bench.
- Can you describe your training philosophy and/or a typical training session?
My philosophy is come to Quest and do the workout that Josh Rohr has given me.
- Do you compete equipped (squat suit, bench press shirt & deadlift suit) or unequipped (no suits) or both?
- What weight class(s) and divisions(s) do you compete in?
Typically 148 (solid)
- What is your favorite lift, squat or bench press or deadlift or all three?
I’ve grown fond of the squat in my powerlifting adventures.
- Who is the most impressive lifter you have competed against?
- Who do you think is the greatest lifter of all time?
My dad, Jeff Robison…best lifter & Dad hands down.
- When was your last competition & how did it go?
My last competition was the Georgia State meet back in November, it was phenomenal.
- Do you have any upcoming competitions? If so, when and where?
My next meet is the High School State Meet on my birthday, March 10th at Duluth High School
- How do you prepare for an upcoming competition?
I try to work hard in the training room and as strange as it sounds I just try to have fun in the gym a week before the meet, or else I’ll get nervous and psych myself out.
- Describe your nutritional intake for an upcoming competition?
- Is there anything you will do differently to prepare for your next competition that is different from your last one?
I don’t think I’ll be competing for a while after this next one, so I especially just want to have fun with it, we all know how fast meets go when you’re actually competing.
- How many meets do you compete in each year?
- Who is your greatest competitor/rival?
- 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?
If anyone is just starting to powerlift I’d suggest that they not get too stressed about hitting certain numbers. There will always be room for improvement no matter how strong you are, so just be proud of what you’re able to do and take it one day at a time; enjoy the struggle.
- How has powerlifting changed your life?
Powerlifting has been life changing because I’ve gained a lot of mental strength and learned that dedication is the key to success- in and outside of the gym. But mostly I’d like to thank powerIifting for allowing me to meet a lot of awesome people. I think it’s the memories made at Quest, not the necessarily the workouts, that’ll I’ll remember most about lifting.
- Do you stay in touch with lifters you compete against?
- Why did you decide to compete?
It’s fun, I like competition. I guess training only to get stronger wouldn’t make it as fun.
- What is your #1 or most prestigious meet you ever competed at in your career?
Women’s Nationals in Atlanta.
- Do you compete in any other strength sports such as Olympic lifting, strongman, highland games, etc?
I jump on my trampoline.
- What is your favorite memory from any powerlifting competition or event?
Well, I’ve worn this oversized singlet at my raw meets. It’s pretty funny looking because it’s so huge. I can’t think of a specific memory from one meet, but I did like walking out to “My Life Be Like Ooh Ahh” at the State Meet.
- Anyone you would like thank for helping you along the way in your Powerlifting career?
I’d like to thank my dad for getting me into it, Josh Rohr for taking the time train me, and everyone at Quest who has ever motivated me or given me tips. Especially Josh Rohr for training me though, I owe a lot of credit to him for everything I’ve accomplished. I also want to thank my mom and family for supporting me.
- Anything else you would like to add?
Victoria, thank you for your time and best of luck in your upcoming powerlifting endeavors!