Welcome to WEIGHTS 4 WOMEN Cheryl! introduce yourself and give us a bit of background information on how you was introduced to weight training?
I’ve always been into weights and strength & conditioning from a really early age. I studied sports science as an under grad which fuelled my passion for training, and so when I decided not to continue playing football due to persistent injury, fitness and weight training seemed the ideal pathway to go down. It wasn’t until I got talking to a few guys whilst training, including my now coach Gary Boulton I really started thinking about competitive Powerlifting. Once I’d competed in my first comp I’d definitely got the bug for it and ever since I’ve just trained hard with the desire to become better every day.
Tell us a little bit about competing at the bodypower expo? Exciting, nervous?
Body Power is probably one of the biggest stages I have competed on apart from the World Championships and so with it comes lots of adrenaline and obviously a whole host of pre-competition nerves. I absolutely love competing at Body Power, I feel its a chance to compete with and in front of some of the greatest names in Powerlifting and the fitness industry so I always make sure my preparation is on point enabling me to relax a little more on the big day! I enjoy the buzz of BodyPower and the opportunity to experience he competition, the stage and the crowds before I actually get out there and compete, I feel it adds to the adrenaline and helps me perform that little bit extra!
What are your short and long term goals?
In the short term I just enjoy focusing on constantly pushing myself to achieve PB’s both in training and competition. I see myself as my competition and constantly strive to achieve more and more which I think helps me to achieve my long term goals such as competing and winning at the World Championships in Prague last year. I guess once I have a number in my head, I go at it and won’t relent until I’ve achieved or surpassed it, I think that’s what helped me to achieve my World Record 150kg deadlift in Prague. Now, in the long term, as I have just entered the Open category I would love to achieve more records continuing my success from Junior into Open class Power-lifting.
Who inspires you Cheryl Kelsall?
My inspiration comes from within myself as well as my fellow competitors. I constantly strive to improve myself when it comes to training and am never happy in a session unless I have achieved the sessions targets.I also feel inspired by those I compete with. power-lifting has a great community spirit and the support and encouragement experienced at competitions is second to none, I feel inspired simply being a part of that. Last but not least, I can’t forget to mention my Coach Gary Boulton who may occasionally give me a good “telling off” but I don’t think I would have gotten this far without him, he’s the kind of guy you need when you’re having a bad session and ready to give up!
What`s your favourite exercise?
My favourite exercise has to be the Deadlift, I absolutely love it! I don’t know if it’s the bruised shins, ripped up thighs or torn callous’ or a combination of all of them but I do adore the deadlift. It’s my favourite of all three competition lifts and probably the one I pride myself on the most.
If you could give the females reading this one bit of training advice, what would it be?
Get off the treadmlll!! I see too many women pounding the treadmill for hours on end with minimal results, it’s annoyingly frustrating. Weight training and conditioning is by far the best exercise you can do, regardless of your goals. Don’t be afraid to stray into the weights section of your gym, every body has to start somewhere. The benefits for your body are endless especially for those women who are brave enough to venture into the big compound exercises like squats/deadlifts etc. Build a body you will feel confident living in, a body you can love, strong is definitely the new skinny!
What does the future hold for you?
Plenty more competitions, hopefully defending current records and achieving new ones! I will definitely be competing at the Body Power Expo next year without a doubt and with the GPC European Championships being held in the UK next year and the WPC Euro’s In Manchester I would love to compete for the title of European Champion in my home city!
If any of the readers would like to find out more about you and what you do, wheres the best place for them to go?
They can contact me on twitter @CherylKelsall or no doubt find my training down at Olympic Sports Gym in Ashton-under-lyne! I’m always happy to help, give advice to those who want to start training/get back into training or simply want to find out more about it!