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 CARLEY SKARUPINSKI.
I am the owner and coach of Mustache Fitness and Barbell. I have been coaching for just under 10 years and Mustache has been open for almost 3 years.
A little about Carley Skarupinski
Mustache Fitness and Barbell
Question and Answer time!!
USA Powerlifting – NY: What got you interested in Powerlifting?
Carley Skarupinski: I was always a big kid growing up (not this big). I started powerlifting when I was a sophomore in High School. Really enjoyed it, but then gave it up for 8 years to do other things (bodybuilding, running marathons, weightlifting). Once I started Mustache Fitness and Barbell I started powerlifting again and fell back in love with it and the super heavy life.
USA Powerlifting – NY: When and where was your first meet?
CS: Technically high school (my junior year) but it didn’t count because they allowed me to use gloves, as well our deadlift portion of the meet was with a trap bar. My first real powerlifting meet was a USPA event held on November 14th, 2015. I totaled 1492 with a 578 squat, 336 bench, 578 deadlift. Since then I have put close to 400 lbs on my total.
USA Powerlifting – NY: What things have you learned since your first meet?
CS: Get a coach, and always put your health first. Powerlifting is a hobby, not a career, it doesn’t pay my bills.
USA Powerlifting – NY: What does the future hold for you in regards to powerlifting (PR’s higher total, weight loss, etc.)?
CS: Powerlifting for me has a endpoint. When I started powerlifting again in 2015 I told my self I wanted to total 2,000 the quickest way possible, and then quit. So I gained to date over 125lbs in bodyweight and started training as hard as I can to get to that goal. Hopefully, by next Arnold, I should total 2,000, and then I quit. I know being this big isn’t healthy or how I want to live my life, so eventually, I will lose all of that weight (some muscle mass as well) and get back into weightlifting. As for an immediate future; I am 4 week outs now from my next meet and looking to total 1905-1925.
USA Powerlifting – NY: What is your favorite of the “Big 3” and why?
CS: Squat. I am really good at it, and there is nothing more exciting than the feeling of having the weight of the world on your back!
USA Powerlifting – NY: What is your least favorite of the “Big 3” and why?
CS: Benching, well because I am on team poverty bench
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?
CS: Yes, I get coached by Max Aita from Juggernaut Training Systems. We use phasic training, I trust him with all of my training (listen to your coach). We have been working together for a year and a half.
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?
CS: I have my own training partners at the gym, but I am always a coach first, athlete second. So I get my lifts in all day and usually by myself. Sometimes I’ll get 5 – 30 min sessions in over the course of a 14 hour work day. I just lift when I have time.
USA Powerlifting – NY: What advice would you give a newbie powerlifter?
CS: Get a coach. From my own personal experience from following the “just doing what I wanted to do”. In consequence, I severely hurt myself with 3 bulging discs and 2 herniations by just being dumb. Thinking maxing out was cool all the time, or using bands and chains because I actually thought it made me stronger. I didn’t understand appropriate overload, overreaching, and didn’t listen to anyone. I could coach athletes, just not myself.
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)?
CS: I love to read books.
USA Powerlifting – NY: Who is your favorite powerlifting athlete and why?
CS: Dennis Cornelius…. He just lifts. He doesn’t just lift for Instagram. You have to love a guy who can lift over 800 lbs, barefoot, bare knees, in his garage listening to awful country music.