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 Meghan Pellatt.
A little about Meghan Pellatt
Two time silver medal winner at USAPL Raw Nationals in the Open 63kg Weight class
Silver Medalist at USAPL Raw Nationals in the Open 57kg Weight Class
Silver Medal for Deadlift IPF Raw World Classic Potchefstroom, South Africa
Silver Medal The Arnold Pro Raw Challenge
Best Gym Lifts: 340 squat/ 195 bench/ 435 deadlift
Best Competition Lifts: 320 squat/ 176 bench/ 410 deadlift
Home City: Troy, NY
Question and Answer time!!
USAPL-NY: What got you interested in Powerlifting?
Meghan Pellatt: The thing that got me interested in powerlifting was really a progression of things. First, I wanted to be healthy and thinner than I was at the time so I decided to start running. I quickly realized, running is boring to me so I decided to hit the gym. I started lifting bodybuilding style, and ultimately saw that what was more important to me in the weight room was how strong I was becoming. I was never afraid of the weights, never afraid my muscles would get too big and never afraid to lift with the boys. It wasn’t until I moved to Florida that I even knew what powerlifting was. I was in a Gold’s, doing pull-ups, and a trainer there approached me, “you know, you’re really strong. We have a local powerlifting team here, you should talk to them.” Next thing you know, I was reaching out to the coach at Sarasota Barbell and iron soon became my passion.
USAPL-NY: Where was your first meet?
My first meet was in Florida, I lifted at an SPF meet and won the best lifter award. I was hooked after that!
USAPL-NY: What have you learned since that first meet?
MP: Well in the beginning, the most important thing to me was strength. How much weight could I move? I wish that I had focused more on technique. A lift can so easily be missed because of one small technical error. Not to mention, I love watching a technician at work. Bryce Lewis, Mike Tuchscherer, Mickey Belaineh, to name a few, are technicians of the sport, watching them is like watching an artist at work. So methodical, it’s a beautiful thing.
USAPL-NY: What goals do you have for the future?
MP: To be honest, I have no competitive goals at the moment. The most important thing to me is to be healthy and happy. I unfortunately have had to deal with some health issues that have kept me from lifting for the past few months. I am slowly (but surely) making my way back to a training regimen. Now is the time for me to become a technician, I am in no rush for my strength to be where it was, now I can work on perfecting my art.
USAPL-NY: What is your favorite lift and why?
MP: Deadlift, Anyone who knows me or has seen me lift, knows that. There’s a certain intensity that I can bring to the deadlift that I just can’t muster for squat or bench. Plus, it’s my strongest lift!
USAPL-NY: What is your least favorite lift and why?
MP: Bench, because it is my weakest lift and it frustrates me to no end.
USAPL-NY: Do you follow a specific training program? And if you do what is it?
MP: At the moment, no. I have worked with some pretty phenomenal coaches though, they designed programs specific to my needs. Every one of them has made a huge impact on my powerlifting career!
USAPL-NY: Do you lift as part of a team? Who are they and how did you become part of that group?
USAPL-NY: What advice would you give any new lifter young or old?
MP: First, learn your lifts! Technique is important and imperative to health and longevity of the sport. Second, never lose sight of what’s important to you. Always lift because you love it!
USAPL-NY: Tell us something about you that others in the PL world don’t know about you?
MP: I am a huge Game of Thrones fan, I could talk for hours on end about the series.