April 2019 Featured Lifter

USA Powerlifting-NY would like to spotlight some of the stand-outs in the state. We will feature a new lifter each month, and ask them some random questions to get some insight into what makes them tick…..

This month’s featured lifter is SARAH GRAVINO.

A little about Sarah Gravino

I am a mom of two teenage boys, married for 18 years, stubborn as they come, don’t know how to quit, never make excuses and believe in memories over stuff.

Training Center: Mustache Fitness and Barbell

Question and Answer time!!

USA Powerlifting – NY: What got you interested in Powerlifting?

Sarah Gravino: A friend I like to refer to as my heterosexual life partner in all thing stupid- really, that’s what I call her.

USA Powerlifting – NY: When and where was your first meet?

SG: My first USAPL meet was in February of 2017 somewhere in western New York. I’m over 40. I forget things pretty fast.


USA Powerlifting – NY: What things have you learned since your first meet?

SG: I’ve learned that I’m capable of way more than I ever thought possible. I’ve learned my coach and the weights are the best therapist around. I’ve learned that you get out what you put in and I’ll continue to give it everything I’ve got and sometimes even more.


USA Powerlifting – NY: What does the future hold for you in regards to powerlifting (PR’s higher total, weight loss, etc.)?

SG: I don’t believe in the future. Tomorrow never gets here. Live for today. Train to be the strongest I can be today.


USA Powerlifting – NY: What is your favorite of the “Big 3” and why?

SG: That totally depends on the day. I’ve got short arms that makes bench easy, one wacky leg that makes squats uneven and deadlifts are always just a battle between me and gravity. How can you compare things that are so different? I’m one of those weirdos who like to work on what I suck at.


USA Powerlifting – NY: What is your least favorite of the “Big 3” and why?

SG: See answer above.


USA Powerlifting – NY: Do you follow a specific training program? If so, is it a custom program for you or a template style program like 5/3/1 or the Texas Method?

SG: My program is written by my coach Carley.


USA Powerlifting – NY: Do you lift as part of a team or a group? Who are they and how did you become part of that group?

SG: I’m part of 3 groups. We will start with the smallest- my family. Lots of my lifts are done at home with my family waking up early to spot me on bench. Anyone with teenagers knows this is something to be very thankful for. Second is my team at Mustache. Always there to laugh with, grunt with and most importantly mobilize with. And last is the entire community of lifters and supporters at any USAPL meet. Regardless if they know you or not the feeling of having 100+ people screaming and wanting you to get that lift, no matter what the weight is on the bar is indescribable. Go team!


USA Powerlifting – NY: What advice would you give a newbie powerlifter?

SG: The same advice I give every lifter, newbie or not. Have fun. Learn something and don’t get hurt.


USA Powerlifting – NY: Tell us something about you that those in the powerlifting world wouldn’t know about you (guilty pleasure, vice, anything at all)?

SG: I sucked at sports. Last one to get picked in gym class and didn’t start lifting until I was 35.


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