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 Brianna Lanoye.
A little about Brianna
My name is Brianna Lanoye; I’m from Buffalo, NY and I currently hold all of the NY USAPL state records for the Female Raw 52kg lifters. I currently teach fifth grade at Buffalo Public School 6 and theater classes at Empower for children diagnosed with Autism. I am inspired by my students every day. I graduated with my BFA in Theatre Performance and a BA in English Literature from Niagara University in 2013. Realizing how unmarketable my degrees were I decided to work in Disney World as a character performer. I then applied to and was accepted into the Teach For America program, which helps fight against educational inequity by placing teachers at failing schools in low income areas. I was placed in Buffalo and enrolled at Canisius College. I will graduate this year with a Master’s Degree in Childhood Education with a concentration on Students with Disabilities. Powerlifting has revolutionized my life and given me a positive outlet to channel some pent up aggression and frustration. I usually fit it in right after I teach and before I go to grad school! The limited time makes me even more focused and determined to reach my goals.
Question and Answer time!!
USAPL-NY: What got you interested in Powerlifting?
Brianna Lanoye: I was at the gym doing my typical workout (which involved absolutely no program and was usually dictated by whatever part of the gym was least crowded) when someone approached me and asked if I had ever tried powerlifting. I hadn’t, but I liked the idea of being able to turn lifting into a competition, so I started training for my first meet. Once I got into it, I was inspired by the strength I saw in others and the fact that I lost, so I decided to pursue powerlifting more seriously.
USAPL-NY: Where was your first meet?
BL: My first meet was in April 2015 at the USPA Western New York Powerlifting Championship in Niagara Falls, NY. The next year I decided to switch to a drug free federation and that’s when I found the USAPL.
USAPL-NY: What have you learned since that first meet?
BL: Basically everything—I was very naïve going into that meet and didn’t know much about equipment, commands, weigh-ins, etc. Since then, I’ve been more focused and dedicated in committing to competitive lifting.
USAPL-NY: What goals do you have for the future?
BL: My ultimate goal is to become the best 52 kg female lifter in the federation. I would also like use my passion for powerlifting and my love for the students I teach in Buffalo to create a program in which they are provided access to powerlifting as a tool for empowerment.
USAPL-NY: What is your favorite lift and why?
BL: My favorite lift is the squat—I feel like the weight of the world is on my shoulders, and it becomes a mental game. I like the feeling of battling against things that are trying to keep me down.
USAPL-NY: What is your least favorite lift and why?
BL: Bench—I’m weakest at it, and I tend to not like things I’m weak at.
USAPL-NY: Do you follow a specific training program? And if you do what is it?
BL: I am training with Carley Skarupinski at Mustache Fitness & Barbell. I am currently starting a new strength phase for my prep for the Arnold. I plan on doing that phase until the last week in January and then work on peaking for the Arnold, where I hope to squat 150 kg, bench 72.5 kg and deadlift 160kg.
USAPL-NY: Do you lift as part of a team? Who are they and how did you become part of that group?
BL: No, but I train at a gym that has a positive lifting culture. I started training at Mustache Fitness & Barbell in Buffalo, NY just this past summer and I have grown so much as a lifter since then.
USAPL-NY: What advice would you give any new lifter young or old?
BL: Nothing works until you work hard; this sport takes time and effort. When you don’t hit your numbers for a day, when you feel weak or when you have just too many other stresses in your life do not let it change your mindset. Let those hardships make you work harder.
USAPL-NY: Tell us something about you that others in the PL world don’t know about you?
BL: I listen to musicals when I train – lately it’s been Hamilton, but I’m not opposed to a little Jersey Boys as well.