February 2017 Featured Lifter

USAPL-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 KRISTEN DUNSMORE

A little about Kristen Dunsmore

I was born and raised in Syracuse, New York. I did my undergrad at the University of Tampa and received my Masters in Exercise Science from Syracuse University. I currently work as a coach for Juggernaut Training Systems and do some behind the scenes work with Renaissance Periodization. I am currently training 6x/week and just ending a volume block (so glad it’s over I am not a fan of reps!). I’m prepping for a meet in either June or July before preparing for this year’s Raw Nationals. Can’t wait!

Home City: Syracuse, NY

Schools: University of Tampa / Syracuse University

Question and Answer time!!

USAPL-NY: What got you interested in Powerlifting?

Kristen Dunsmore: It was never really my intention to compete initially. I was working at the human performance lab at my university during undergrad where I was first introduced to squat, bench, and deadlift. I was told I should compete but it wasn’t until about 2 years later that I actually took to the platform. Watching lifters like Kim Walford and Jen Thompson really inspired me to compete.

USAPL-NY: Where was your first meet?

KD: The 2014 North East Iron Beast in Latham, NY. I think there were about 5 females competing at the meet total. I was so nervous!


USAPL-NY: What have you learned since that first meet?

KD: Not to underestimate yourself. I was really nervous so I was super conservative with attempts. Also to make sure you know the commands beforehand as it can really throw you off if you’re not prepared for them. I think I re-racked my first squat before I got the “rack” command.


USAPL-NY: What goals do you have for the future?

KD: I would love to make it to Raw Worlds one day. I’m a squatter so I would like to break the world squat record eventually. My short term goal is to break the American squat record in the 63kg weight class.


USAPL-NY: What is your favorite lift and why?

KD: Squats because it’s my best lift.


USAPL-NYWhat is your least favorite lift and why?

KD: Deadlift and bench are equally evil I would say I still hold back on deadlifts just because I’m so paranoid about re-injuring myself, so mentally my least favorite is definitely the deadlift.


USAPL-NYDo you follow a specific training program? And if you do what is it? 

KD: I work with Chad Wesley Smith. He has been my coach for almost 2 years now. His programs use a block periodization style of hypertrophy, strength, and peaking phases.


USAPL-NY: Do you lift as part of a team? Who are they and how did you become part of that group?

KD: I currently lift alone but I’m part of Team Juggernaut. We have lifters from all over the country.


USAPL-NY: What advice would you give any new lifter young or old?

KD: The hardest part is actually doing your first meet. I think you just have to get the first meet jitters out of the way. It’s also important to have a support team there with you. My first meet it was my parents.


USAPL-NY: Tell us something about you that others in the PL world don’t know about you?

KD: I played the piano for 11 years and the only song I can remember how to play without sheet music is the song from Titanic, “My Heart Will Go On.”

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