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 RORI ALTER.
A little about Rori Alter
Question and Answer time!!
USAPL-NY: What got you interested in Powerlifting?
Rori Alter: I feel like my interest in powerlifting was a natural progression from all my athletic experiences as a child, teenager, and young adult. I was a dancer from elementary school through college and in college transitioned into the sport of triathlon. I have always had an appreciation for the human body and human movement as a result of my experiences and have always been fascinated with how we move, grow and interact with our environment. This lead me to pursue a doctorate physical therapy and in graduate school I was introduced to my husband who was a classmate of mine. He introduced me to the barbell lifts and the whole thing just made total sense to me. The main barbell lifts are the expression of basic human movement in their optimal form and strength is the foundation of how we function in our daily lives. I fell in love with the idea of these movements and their abilities to produce ultimate strength and optimal function in all things related to life.
USAPL-NY: Where was your first meet?
RA: My first meet was a local RPS meet at Stony Brook University. It was pretty much a spur of the moment meet and I was hooked. I had so much fun!
USAPL-NY: What have you learned since that first meet?
RA: Since my first meet, and with each meet as a more and more advanced lifter, I have learned that it is not only about massive PRs from meet to meet but staying healthy so that you can continue to train, enjoy training and be successful in all aspects of the sport, not just on the platform.
USAPL-NY: What goals do you have for the future?
RA: My goals have become more general rather than specific as I’ve become an “older” powerlifter. I used to have number goals. Now, I really focus on just continuing to get stronger and chip away at my total. I focus on executing training and competition as well as possible and hope that one day I’ll be strong enough (in the USA!) to compete at IPF World Champions.
USAPL-NY: What is your favorite lift and why?
RA: This is always a really hard question to answer! I don’t know! I have such a high appreciation for each lift that I love them all equally. I think if I had to choose, bench would be my favorite because it’s my strongest.
USAPL-NY: What is your least favorite lift and why?
RA: I feel the same about this question as I do about the “favorite lift” question. However, I think squat would be my least favorite because it can crush you!
USAPL-NY: Do you follow a specific training program? And if you do what is it?
RA: Mike Tuchscherer does my programming. I do mostly what he says!! We work together to put the best program together for me 🙂
USAPL-NY: Do you lift as part of a team? Who are they and how did you become part of that group?
RA: Typically I lift as an individual.
USAPL-NY: What advice would you give any new lifter young or old?
RA: Never overestimate your abilities! So many people jump into intermediate and advanced programming. Start simple with a novice linear progression (not Texas Method, not 5-3-1, not Strong Lifts, etc.). Take the time to LEARN how to properly execute the lifts. Don’t get fancy with technical variations until you can consistently and strongly execute a SQUAT, a BENCH, and a DEADLIFT and have exhausted your novice gains. Then you can get a little fancy 🙂
USAPL-NY: Tell us something about you that others in the PL world don’t know about you?
RA: I am a Doctor of Physical Therapy and have my own PT practice and remote powerlifting coaching business. I am so fortunate that I have been able to build a business around what I love and specialize working with people who want to lift weights and get strong!