More Auckland women turn to powerlifting
The perception of powerlifting is quickly changing amongst Auckland women.
New Zealand’s number one female powerlifter Carolina Dillen says this is mainly due to the impact of CrossFit - a fitness regime of varied movements, performed at high intensity.
CrossFit workouts incorporate aspects from a range of exercise including gymnastics, weightlifting, running and rowing.
‘‘A lot of women don’t know what powerlifting is and the numerous health benefits it offers,’’ Dillen says.
‘‘CrossFit makes powerlifting a lot more mainstream than it once was and makes it accessible to so many different populations.’’
Dillen, who also owns the CrossFit East Auckland Gym in Howick and Ellerslie, says it’s had an equal number of men and women doing CrossFit.
Their powerlifting ratio however, was almost 70 per cent female.
‘‘There are beginner programmes that offer introductory sessions for people who have never exercised before and they are taken through it step by step, building their fitness, strength and confidence.
‘‘The transformations are quite incredible.
‘‘We have seen women lose a phenomenal amount of weight, recover from eating disorders, beat mental illnesses like anxiety and depression and enjoying better life.’’
Dillen says women are drawn to the sport because it is social, with lots of support and camaraderie.
‘‘As you get progressively stronger, you lift weights you couldn’t even have imagined a few years or even months before.
‘‘It’s a very empowering feeling and it’s a journey that never ends, you can always improve.’’
Dillen, who has represented New Zealand in powerlifting, says the sport’s growth is also due to more women stepping up as trainers.
‘‘Powerlifting is empowering, mentally physically.
‘‘The lifts are relatively easy to learn and people experience awesome results quite quickly, which makes training fun and motivating.
‘‘I never imagined powerlifting would be something I would enjoy so much. I would encourage anyone who’s never tried it to give it a go and see for themselves.’’ very and
From left - Jo Talton, Carli Dillen and Carissa Garcia from CrossFit East Auckland Gym.