Gold Coast woman takes Aus­tralian lift­ing records dur­ing com­pe­ti­tion

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ARIELLE Chard is one strong woman.

At only 58 ki­los, she can lift close to a quar­ter of a tonne which is an un­fath­omable feat for most mere mor­tals.

The 27-year-old Run­away Bay lo­cal took out an Aus­tralian record in the log press for the un­der 62.5 kilo­gram ladies class on Sun­day with a 72.5kg log press and an axle dead lift record of 227.5kg at the Static Mon­sters world­wide at Coco’s Gym at Molen­d­i­nar. The in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion, which is in its fifth year, is run in 19 dif­fer­ent coun­tries on the same week­end and ranks the strong­est men and women from all over the world.

Ms Chard took out the second high­est log press and axle dead lift in her weight class in the world mean­ing she hit the high­est lifts in Aus­tralia.

“I am a fair bit lighter than most girls in my cat­e­gory and it has been a long-term goal of mine to get this record, then hit­ting two was just a bonus,” she said.

She was in­tro­duced to the sport of strong­man five years ago when at only 48 ki­los, she strug­gled to lift any­thing and wanted to gain weight and “not feel so frail”.

Ms Chard was mo­ti­vated to start strong­man when her and part­ner Jean-stephen Coraboeuf aka Coco – one of Aus­tralia’s lead­ing strength coaches and Queens­land’s strong­est man – opened Coco’s Gym back in 2014.

“I had never lifted weights be­fore so dove straight in the deep end with Strong­man,” she said.

Static Mon­sters was a goal she wanted and noth­ing was get­ting in her way.

“When I was walk­ing up to my last dead lift I thought about any­one who had doubted me or over­looked me in the past when I was weaker and got re­ally an­gry, and gave the lift my all,” she said.

“When I got the lift I in­stantly felt so many dif­fer­ent emo­tions as soon as I put the bar down and I was proud of my­self for fi­nally ac­com­plish­ing some­thing in the sport for my­self.”

Ms Chard trained for four to five days ev­ery week for eight weeks to pre­pare for the com­pe­ti­tion and cel­e­brated her achieve­ment with pool­side hangs and lunch with her friends to “calm down after such a high”.

“I’m proud that I’ve achieved some­thing for my­self,” she said.

“I wanted this for me and to show that even though I be­gun with no weightlift­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, I was not strong at all and it took me a few years to get here I still did it and that means any one can.

“I think for any­one want­ing to try Strong­man I would tell them to try it, it’s easy to think of the big guys pulling planes and lift­ing fridge yokes, but it also an in­cred­i­bly invit­ing com­mu­nity of peo­ple with the same goal of im­prov­ing strength, fit­ness while chal­leng­ing your­self to be a bet­ter ver­sion of your­self.

“For women, this sport gives you an op­por­tu­nity to show what you’re ca­pa­ble of with hard work.

“Dur­ing that lift it doesn’t mat­ter your size, what you look like, if you have cel­lulite or no make up, peo­ple only care about what you are lift­ing and achiev­ing.”

Ms Chard runs strong­woman classes at Co­cos Gym on Wed­nes­day nights and Satur­day morn­ings and said lift­ing weights can chal­lenge and change peo­ple for the bet­ter.

“You see how much lift­ing weights and be­ing around sup­port­ive peo­ple, can change some­one, you see them over the weeks of at­tend­ing train­ing grow into a new con­fi­dent per­son and find a pas­sion after see­ing that they’re stronger than they ever thought they were,” she said.

Gold Coaster Arielle Chard.

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