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 Ann Whitmarsh.
I am the USAPL 2015 National Champion, Masters 3A, @ 63 kgs. I also hold the Masters 3A, 63 kgs New York State records for all three lifts and total. Recently I was a USA National Team member for Classic Worlds 2016 in Killeen Texas, where I beat my own New York State records in both the squat and deadlift at 70kgs and 100kgs respectively.
A little about Ann Whitmarsh
Home City: New York City
Schools:B.A. – Wellesley College
M.A. and Ph.D. – New School for Social Research
Question and Answer time!!
USAPL-NY: What got you interested in Powerlifting?
Ann Whitmarsh: I returned to strength training in 2012. As I progressed I wanted to lift heavier weights and therefore wanted to give the bench press a try. As I was already a runner I wanted to combine the two. I competed in several Pump and Run events, including the one at the Arnold. It was at the Arnold in 2014 that I had a chance to watch the powerlifting competions. It looked like something I wanted to try. I have been hooked ever since !
USAPL-NY: Where was your first meet?
AW: My first meet was USAPL New Jersey State Championships in August of 2014. At that time, I had just started trainining. I only knew how to bench and deadlift so I entered the Push-Pull and won Open and Masters 3.
USAPL-NY: What have you learned since that first meet?
AW: I have learned the importance of developing and continuing to refine technique. It is an on-going process for me.
USAPL-NY: What goals do you have for the future?
AW: First, to continue to train and add to my total. This summer I will be training to win again at Raw Nationals in Atlanta in October, 2016. I also want to continue to compete at the International level.
In addition, over the past year I have become a USAPL State Referee and USAPL Club Coach. I want to put more time and energy into these areas as well as my own training and competitions.
USAPL-NY: What is your favorite lift and why?
AW: Initially, I liked the deadlift the most because of the power felt when doing that lift. At present, however, I am enjoying the squat the most as I am making the most progress with that lift.
USAPL-NY: What is your least favorite lift and why?
AW: Bench is my least favorite because I lift the least amount of weight. I guess the upper body strength just is not there at this time.
USAPL-NY: Do you follow a specific training program? And if you do what is it?
AW: I train at South Brooklyn Weightlifting Club and Paulie and Becca Steinman are my coaches. Each week I am given a specific program for the days I will be training. I thrive on structure so this is what works the best for me.
USAPL-NY: Do you lift as part of a team? Who are they and how did you become part of that group?
AW: I do not train as part of a team at present.
USAPL-NY: What advice would you give any new lifter young or old?
AW: I would say be patient and focus on technique. Second, competition can be a lot of fun so I would not delay in signing up for your first meet. Third, once ready, take the referee test. It is a great way to learn more about the sport and become involved in a great community.
USAPL-NY: Tell us something about you that others in the PL world don’t know about you?
AW: I recently retired as a Clinical Psychologist. Looks like devoting my time to powerlifting is the next chapter in my life.