Con­fi­dent and proud

The Tatura Guardian - - News - By Tara Whitsed

By day Chloe War­bur­ton and Ka­rina Joy work at Goul­burnMur­ray Wa­ter in Tatura as an on­line con­tent co-or­di­na­tor and se­nior hy­dro­ge­ol­o­gist re­spec­tively.

But out­side of work, they are each a pow­er­lift­ing force to be reck­oned with.

Chloe be­came in­ter­ested in the sport in mid-2016 when a lot of women were post­ing on so­cial me­dia about pow­er­lift­ing in what had pre­vi­ously been a male­dom­i­nated space.

‘‘It’s in­spir­ing to see women tak­ing part and break­ing down these gen­der bar­ri­ers,’’ Chloe said.

‘‘Ka­rina and I each be­came in­ter­ested in it about the same time and we were tag­ging each other on In­sta­gram, so it was a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion to train and com­pete to­gether.’’

Chloe had been fol­low­ing a ba­sic train­ing pro­gram, and met Ka­rina at her lo­cal gym.

They took part in a novice com­pe­ti­tion in early June in Melbourne — re­turn­ing with im­pres­sive re­sults.

Chloe achieved a 52.5 kg bench press, 100 kg squat and 110 kg dead­lift, while Ka­rina achieved a 60 kg bench press, 100 kg squat and 140 kg dead­lift.

‘‘We were stoked with those re­sults,’’ Ka­rina said.

‘‘It was a good way to cut our teeth and see how far we can push our­selves,’’ Chloe said.

‘‘You get to meet other women in­volved and see where peo­ple are at. It was amaz­ing.’’

Ka­rina’s in­tro­duc­tion to pow­er­lift­ing came after bat­tling a chronic ill­ness — small ves­sel vas­culi­tis.

‘‘It was af­fect­ing my joints, my ner­vous sys­tem and my en­ergy lev­els,’’ she said.

‘‘I got into lift­ing weights to build up my strength and bal­ance again.

‘‘I was happy to be back in the gym and en­joy­ing the work­outs.’’

Chloe and Ka­rina be­gan in­cor­po­rat­ing pow­er­lift­ing into their gym rou­tines un­til they en­listed the pro­fes­sional help of trainer Fabian Vil­lani, owner of GV Cross­fit and GVWeightlift­ing and Pow­er­lift­ing, in Oc­to­ber last year.

‘‘I ac­tu­ally broke my ribs twice — once in June and again in De­cem­ber of 2016— so that was good mo­ti­va­tion to get some pro­fes­sional ad­vice on pow­er­lift­ing,’’ Ka­rina said.

‘‘Since then we’ve been train­ing three to four times a week with him.’’

Ka­rina said the sport had no­tice­ably im­proved her strength and ner­vous sys­tem func­tion.

‘‘As a woman, I’m con­fi­dent and proud of what our bod­ies are ca­pa­ble of. The pow­er­lift­ing has con­trib­uted to me feel­ing strong and fit,’’ she said.

‘‘The fo­cus is less on body im­age and more on look­ing after yourself, eat­ing well and build­ing strength.’’

Ka­rina is now fo­cused on pre­par­ing for up­com­ing novice pow­er­lift­ing events in September and Oc­to­ber.

In­spired: Goul­burn-Mur­ray Wa­ter em­ploy­ees Ka­rina Joy and Chloe War­bur­ton spoke about the ben­e­fits of pow­er­lift­ing for women.

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