GB Weightlifting – Mercy Brown kindly talks to Weights 4 Women

Mercy Brown GB Weightlifting Weights 4 Women

Welcome to Weights 4 Women Mercy!

Please introduce yourself and give us a bit of background information on how you were introduced to Olympic Weightlifting?

Hello, I am Mercy Brown and I am 20 years old and have been competing in Olympic Weightlifting for 5 years. In this time, I have been to every international except an Olympic Games. Across the years I have medalled in multiple internationals which include the European Youth 3rd Place, European Junior Champion, European Senior 3rd place. I also came 4th at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

I would like to congratulate you on your recent performance at the European Championships in Norway. Can you explain to the readers how the competition went?

The competition was a very interesting competition and one that I had trained particularly hard for. This was my first European Seniors and there was a lot expectation that I had placed on myself, as I always want to do the best that I can. So much so that I was nervous, but training was good and I was fit. I was working closely with my support team which includes my coach George Manners, team head coach Keith Morgan, my physio Tim Allardyce at Croydon Physio. I was prepared well and performed well.

I came 3rd on the snatch and 3rd overall. I really didn’t expect to medal at my first European seniors but it was always realistic. I always prepare myself to do what it takes to get a medal so I was focused on each individual lift as I know the coaches won’t put me in a dangerous predicament. The weight that has been called is what I am capable of and that’s what I remember. I feel like that what made it a great comp without too much pressure.

Mercy Brown GB Weightlifting Weights 4 WomenPhoto – Gregor Winter @ All Things Gym

What do you consider your greatest achievement so far?

My greatest achievement at the moment is medaling at the 2016 junior world championships. This was a medal I had been working for since my first international it was a goal I had in mind and one that I though slipped away. Preparation for this competition wasn’t great and I was burnt out training to attempt the qualification for Rio 2016. I decide that at my final junior worlds I would have fun, relax and do what I can. I went on to get 5/6 lifts I even stood up successfully with a PB attempt but it got called for a press out and even set multiple British Records. It was a great experience and one I treasure as it was a defining part of my career and my maturity as an athlete.

Mercy Brown GB Weightlifting Weights 4 WomenPhoto – Gregor Winter @ All Things Gym

What does your training programme look like at the minute? Can you briefly talk us through it?

There is no specific look at my programme, my coach George Manners writes the programme and I do it. I never really look to deep into things because I don’t want to think on the bar and become critical of myself. I take the summaries of what I need to be doing and what we are working on and apply it and follow my programme.

Favourite lift – Snatch or Clean and Jerk?

Neither, both have their ups and downs.

Who inspires Mercy Brown?

My coach George Manners, my team mates and myself.

If you could give the females reading this one bit of training advice, what would it be?

Commit to your training and stay focused. In order to achieve what you want to achieve you have to invest the time into it. My coach always describes it as banking. You can only withdraw what you have deposited, so you need to be your goal, live your goal and work past your goal.

 

Mercy Brown GB Weightlifting Weights 4 WomenPhoto – Gregor Winter @ All Things Gym


Participation numbers in Olympic Weightlifting have been slowly increasing over the last couple of years. How do you think we can get more women into the sport?

I feel that the GB women’s team are working hard at what they do which I feel has affected the increase, they have been inspiring and been working hard. We have broken many barriers and many stereotypical perceptions so I feel now it’s down to people changing their mind-set you got to break past your own stereotypes, your own stigma’s and doubts and worries. You’ve got to weigh it all up and decide what is more important, whether it’s how others see you or you see yourself.

What are your future goals? Can you share one short term and one long term goal with us?

My main goal is to compete at my second Commonwealth Games in 2018 and to compete at Tokyo 2020. Those are my priorities and as I have accomplished everything I’ve wanted, these will be the icing on the cake.

Thank you for your time, Mercy. Is there anything you would like to add?

You’re welcome and anytime. It has been a pleasure and I am grateful for the platform you’ve given to share about what I believe is my God given purpose.

I would like to take time to all that have supported me and all that continue to support me.

Thank you to my sponsors and partners that make all of this possible.

Mercy Brown GB Weightlifting Weights 4 WomenPhoto – Gregor Winter @ All Things Gym


If any of the readers would like to find out more about you, where`s the best place for them to go?

You can find me on
Twitter: @LittleMaxxie
Facebook: Mercy Brown
Instagram: MercyBrown

For any enquiries just contact me directly through one of  my pages

Olympic Gold Medallist – Anna Tunnicliffe

Anna Tunnicliffe – 2 x Olympian, Olympic Gold Medallist and CrossFit athlete kindly speaks to Weights4Women…….


Welcome to Weights 4 Women Anna! Please introduce yourself and give us a bit of background information on how you were introduced to weight training?

My name is Anna. I have been involved in sports my whole life, sailing being my primary sport for most of it. I ran track and cross country in high school, but then went to college to study and sail.  During college I decided right after graduation I was going to dive into Olympic Sailing and make a bid for the 2008 Olympics. I won my trials and went on to win the Gold in the Laser Radial. I then switched boats and campaigned for the 2012 Olympics. During 2011 I was introduced to CrossFit and instantly fell in love with the sport. I worked with my coach to get stronger and fitter while staying healthy for the 2012 Olympics. Immediately after the games I dived straight into training hard in CrossFit as my goal was to qualify for the 2013 CrossFit Games.

CrossFit Anna

You have competed across multiple different sports at the highest level, what do you consider your greatest achievement?

I would say my biggest achievement to date would be winning the 2008 Olympic Gold Medal. It is almost every athletes dream and to have it come true is an experience that can’t be described in words.

What does your training programme look like at the minute? Can you briefly talk us through it?

Right now, I hit up the gym at least twice a day. The first session involves strength training and or gymnastic skill training. The second and sometimes third sessions are the workouts ranging from 4-20 mins. We have just finished the CrossFit Opens which is the first qualifying series for the CrossFit Games. Our regional meet is in the middle of May so our focus has switched to that and the intensity is ramping up.

You have competed at the last 3 CrossFit Games (finishing an amazing 9th overall in 2013), what are your competition plans for the rest of 2016?

My goal is to compete at regionals and then hopefully qualify for the 2016 CF Games. After that I will do some other competitions in the “off” season for fun and to keep in check with training.

Full Snatch Anna

How did you find the transition from competing at the highest level in sailing, to competing in CrossFit?

My initial transition was easy because I was surprising myself all the time in CrossFit, so there were never expectations in the beginning and I was just having fun. The two sports are totally different both mentally and physically so I approach each as their own, but having competed at the Olympics twice definitely helps in high pressure situations.

Who inspires Anna Tunnicliffe?

My coach and fiancé Brad Tobias, and also my parents. They all give me so much support in everything that I do that I want to go out there and give everything I have for them.

If you could give the females reading this one bit of training advice, what would it be?

“Never Give Up” – it’s something I have tattooed on me because i believe in it so much. Sometimes, things get difficult or seem damn near impossible, but with persistence, you can and will achieve what it is you want to do.

Thank you for your time Anna, is there anything you would like to add?

Follow your dreams!

Sailing Anna
If any of the readers would like to find out more about you, where`s the best place for them to go?

They can follow me on IG and twitter at @atunnicliffe or Facebook at Anna Tunnicliffe.  I also have a website, www.annatunnicliffe.com

Thank you for your time, Anna! It is an absolute pleasure to have you feature on Weights 4 Women and we wish you the very best for the 2016 competition calendar

WBFF Figure Pro Tania Clark – Weights 4 Women Interview

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Weights 4 Women introduces WBFF athlete…….

Welcome to Weights 4 Women Tania! Introduce yourself and give us a bit of background information on how you was introduced to weight training?

A little bit about myself. I am a Figure Pro Diva model and athlete with the WBFF.   My biggest job is a mom, wife of 19 years, accountant and Paleo nutritionist all rolled up into one.   I have been studying Paleo for over 3 years and absolutely love it! I love sharing recipes so below is one of my favorites at my house. My passion is to empower others to eat healthy for a lifelong success no matter the fitness level.

What is your favourite food / recipe?

Paleo Banana Pancakes

3 very ripe bananas

3 eggs

½ cup almond or cashew butter

1 tbsp chia seeds

2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla

2 tbsp chopped walnuts (Optional)

Coconut or Ghee for frying

Take all ingredients (except nuts) and place in food processor or blender and mix until batter consistency. Next fold in nuts if you want to include them. Pour into hot skillet with coconut oil or ghee and cook about 3-4 minutes each side on medium-low heat. Cooking tip: I usually take an ice cream scooper or you can take a measuring scooper as well to measure out the pancakes to make them close to same size especially if you are counting macros and want the exact servings.   These make around 6-8 pancakes. No syrup needed for this recipe and serve with some organic turkey or beef bacon for some added protein. Enjoy!

Who inspires you?

My true inspiration comes from by mom. She is a driven individual that taught me determination and drive to go after your goals. I am so much like her and so thankful. She amazes me at age 82 still works full time with children and walks every morning.   My superhero!!


What`s your favourite exercise?

Wow that’s a hard one! I have many that are my favorite! If I had to pick one it would be shoulders. I usually train them twice a week with one session focusing on more presses and front delts and the other session on lateral raises and rear delts. Also for fat burning fun I enjoy circuit training classes, plyometrics or HIIT either on my hill at home or treadmill at the gym a couple of times a week. I enjoy outside biking for recreational fun.

If you could give the females reading this one bit of training advice, what would it be?

 

I have three key elements for training:   Consistency, Patience and Passion

Consistency – Staying consistent in your training is extremely important if you want to see results. I am talking months and years when I say being consistent. Remember this is a lifetime journey that should be included in your day to day lifestyle. Results do not happen overnight which leads into my next key element.

Patience – Being patient is what I emphasize the most to people that ask me how you achieve your fitness goals. You have to be patient with the training, nutrition and the plan you have set in place for yourself. You can’t just stop after a month if it’s not working. You have to give it time. Everyone responds differently, so some may take longer for one person than the other so don’t give up!!

Passion- Be passionate about your training! When you get up each day do you look forward to training? If not, then that will slow your progress down drastically. You have to enjoy what you are doing first and foremost to have the longevity of success. Also you have to set goals in your training. Never stay stagnant. Progression is key to change. Regardless of what your fitness goals are, just always remember enjoy the journey. Find what you love to do and go out and smash it!!

What does the future hold for you, any future goals you would like to share?

I have so many goals I want to accomplish. Competing has given me so much and open doors that I am truly thankful to experience in my lifetime. Currently I am 48 and so happy to be able to compete at this age and my plans are to compete at least 2 more years and end with a big bang at 50!   Also I am currently working on a Paleo cookbook called “Paleo Fit Chick Healthy Eating” that I hope to have out in a year.

Thank you for your time Tania, is there anything you would like to add?

Last, I just want to add that I am very passionate about maintaining a healthy lifestyle and hope to help and encourage others that everyone can achieve a fitness goal and all you have to do set a plan in action and start! You don’t have to compete to achieve a level of great fitness and health.

I would like to give a shout out to the brilliant VP (Healthy Vision Photography) at Red Rock Canyon in Las Vegas! Thank you!

If any of the Weights 4 Women readers would like to find out more about you, wheres the best place for them to go?

 

I want to thank Weights 4 Women for allowing me to share my story and if you would like to follow me on social media for my nutrition and health tips see below links:   Now go get’em!!

Sponsored: Elite Figure and Fitness/Greg Hasberry Coach

Facebook:   www.facebook.com/tclarkwbffpro

Instagram: @tclarkwbffproathlete

Twitter: tclarkwbffproathlete

Email: tclarkpaleofit@yahoo.com

 

 

WBFF pro bikini model – Eve Dawes

Welcome to Weights 4 Women Eve! Introduce yourself and give us a bit of background information on how you were introduced to weight training?

Thank you Chris. I’m a US citizen but originally from England. I’ve always been active; I started dance classes at age 3 along with tennis and horse riding lessons early on. Pilates was a part of my Ballet training from the age of 14 (I also had additional private sessions to help me learn to live with my scoliosis). At 16 I went into full time training as a ballerina at Central School of Ballet and London Studio Centre. I was frail looking so my teachers suggested light weight training; so the Gym habit started originally to work on my strength and keep me lean and my endurance up during the holidays.

After graduating I danced professionally; touring internationally as a ballerina and extensively in musical theatre, as well as on TV, in music videos, theatres, casinos, cruise lines and movies. After dancing, going into fitness and helping others seemed like a natural progression. I did my REPS Personal training certification in London and then upon moving to the US redid my certification with NASM.
Health & fitness is my lifestyle but it’s opened up so many other doors for me such as becoming a SAG-AFTRA Actress, sponsored Labrada athlete and writer. I have a holistic approach to health and fitness. Everyone’s goals, lifestyles, aspirations and ideas of beauty are different; with that in mind, I’m trying to lead by example to empower and inspire others to lead balanced, healthy, fit and happy lifestyles while feeling confident in their own skin.

 

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What is your favourite food / recipe?

I love spaghetti bolognaise as it reminds me of home. I make mine with grass fed organic beef or bison. I normally substitute the pasta for zucchini or quinoa pasta and cheese. I love carbs but prefer to eat them earlier in the day than at night. I make the sauce from scratch.

Because I eat so much animal and fish protein when prepping for a competition I eat a lot of vegan recipes the rest of the time. I have a sweet tooth and this is a chocoholics heaven. Raw vegan chocolate pudding:

http://www.angelvdevil.com/healthy-chocolate-pudding-recipe-quick-easy-raw-vegan/

Who inspires you?
It’s totally unfitness related as I don’t need inspiring to do that but Angelina Jolie. She’s not just a career and family woman but humanitarian and made the largest donation to the UN by an individual ever. She is so active and leads by example; flying into war zones, building schools and compounds, setting up her own charity the Jolie Pitt Foundation. She inspires me to be a better, more giving, charitable person.

 

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What`s your favourite exercise?

Honestly, gym exercises are something I do more for the result than because I enjoy it. Ballet is definitely my favorite as it’s escapism, you get to feel beautiful and elegant whilst toning every muscle in your body and performing (interpreting whatever the music may be).

If you could give the females reading this one bit of training advice, what would it be?
Find your ‘Why?’ Motivational quotes are great for a day but you need a reason why you’re going to do something, you need a goal and your own reason for doing it day after day. If your why isn’t strong enough you aren’t going to stick to it; the reason for sticking to it has to be stronger than the why not. Different things work for different people so personalize your plan of action: e.g. do you need a support group? If so try to start working out with a friend. What activities do you enjoy? There’s no reason to go to the gym to get fit if you hate going to the gym when there a tons of different options, many of which don’t cost anything e.g. hiking, jogging, biking (if you have a bike), skipping, plyometrics, community yoga classes, etc. Do you get bored easily or need goals? Take all of these things into consideration and find a plan that works for YOU. Through struggle and small steps repeated each day comes success!

What does the future hold for you, any future goals you would like to share?
I’m trying to write as much as possible, I would love to have my own health & fitness column or TV segment to make help and advice accessible to all, not just those that can afford a gym membership or trainer.

Thank you for your time, is there anything you would like to add?
Thank you to the WBFF for providing such a beautiful and glamorous platform for us to be able to promote ourselves and network. Thank you to my sponsors Labrada Nutrition and Lee Labrada who are incredibly supportive and keep up with my supplement needs.

Thanks to my trainer Manuel Torres for preparing me body and mind. Photography Noel Daganta and Georgina Vaughan.

 

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If any of the readers would like to find out more about you, where’s the best place for them to go?
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EveDawes
Twitter: https://twitter.com/evedawes
Instagram: https://instagram.com/evedawes/
Website: www.evedawes.com
Blog: http://www.angelvdevil.com
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/evedawes

If you enjoyed Eve`s interview, be sure to check out WBFF Figure Pro Su Farrell`s interview with Weights 4 Women – http://www.weights4women.com/wbff-figure-pro-su-farrell/

WBFF Figure Pro – Su Farrell – Weights 4 Women Interview

Weights 4 Women introduces WBFF Figure pro, Su Farrell……….

Welcome to Weights 4 Women Su! Introduce yourself and give us a bit of background information on how you was introduced to weight training?

My name is Su Farrell and as a previous gymnast I have been training for most of my life. I started hitting the gym as soon as I was old enough and have trained consistently since then. I took up competitive powerlifting in 2011 and claimed the title of WPC World Powerlifting Champion at the end of that year. I then made the switch to bodybuilding, first competing with The UKBFF and later with The WBFF where I placed 6th in the world in the Pro Figure division.

You have competed across multiple different sports at the highest level, what do you consider your greatest achievement?

As a teenager I had nationals trials in both netball and basketball which I am very proud of. Becoming WPC World Powerlifting Champion was also a fantastic achievement. But my greatest achievement to date would have to be placing 6th in the world at last years WBFF World Championships. Knowing the work I put in to get there, I was super proud of myself.

 

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Who inspires Su Farrell?

My mum. She is one of the strongest women I know and has accomplished so much on her own. She has taught me how to be a strong, independent woman.

What are your 3 favourite exercises?

It depends! I don’t have any exercises that I would call my absolute favourite, I like to mix things up in the gym.

If you could give the females reading this one bit of training advice, what would it be?

Do not be afraid. Do not be afraid of setting foot in the gym, or lifting heavy weights, or changing your physique, or making positive life changes. Do not listen to peoples negativity. There will always be someone who has something negative to say, but stay strong and consistent and you will never look back.

What does the future hold for you, any future goals you would like to share?

I was unable to compete at The WBFF World Championships this year due to personal reasons, so I have a few plans for the upcoming months but I’m afraid I can’t share those with you just yet! 😉

I am now offering online coaching so if you are interested please email me at su@sufarrell.com. Thank you!
If any of the readers would like to find out more about you and the services you offer, where`s the best place for them to go?

 

www.sufarrell.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Su-Farrell-Figure-Pro/422009801161955?ref=hl

Instagram: @sufarrellfigurepro

Twitter: @sufarrellfigure