My name is Janis Finkelman, and I am a powerlifter. I don’t have much of an athletic bacground–I rode horses as a principle activity from childhood into my early twenties. In April of 2012 I began training to compete in powerlifting. This blog is intended as a space in which I can discuss not only my physical training but the psychological aspects of adjusting to powerlifting as an activity, becoming used to the idea of being an “athlete” (one semester of track in high school is the most time I have spent being “athletic” in any official or competitive capacity), and sometimes rant about gym culture and gender rolls therein.
Some physical stats as well as current lifting PR’s (personal records, for those of you unversed at this sort of pastime):
I have competed in the 105, 114, 123, 132 and 148 pound weight classes. I currently hold the world record total and deadlift in the 123 class.
Best competition lifts:
Squat (no wraps): 303
Paused bench: 192
Best meet total: 950 at 123 no wraps
Visit my YouTube channel to see me lifting.