Welcome to WEIGHTS 4 WOMEN Monique! Introduce yourself and give us a bit of background information on how you was introduced to weight training?
I was introduced to weight training in 2010 after a brief bout of depression, I decided that I needed to channel my energy into something positive and I figured that weight training was a really good way to get stronger not just physically but mentally too. 4 months in to my training, I found myself doing my first powerlifting competition and I haven’t looked back since.
What`s your greatest achievement to date?
For me weight training has opened so many doors and given me the platform to pursue things I wouldn’t have normally had the opportunity or the confidence to pursue. In 2012 I was part of an Adidas campaign showcasing talent from young people across London in the run up to the Olympics. I appeared on a few billboards across London and had a short feature done following my powerlifting journey. Powerlifting rarely gets much media attention so to be recognised by such a main stream brand was very rewarding and hopefully I was able to inspire other young people and females to take up lifting weights.
Who inspires Monique?
I feel really inspired by anyone who has overcome great adversity to get to where they want to be. I have so much respect for people who aren’t afraid to be their own person and do their own thing.
What`s your favourite gym lift?
Deadlifts for sure!!
If you could give the females reading this one bit of training advice, what would it be?
Never take your eye of that end goal. When you feel like giving up remember the reasons you started in the first place. Surround yourself with positive and like minded people who motivate you and inspire you to be the best you can be. Most importantly believe in yourself and never underestimate what you can do.
What does the future hold for you?
I’ve recently become self employed which has allowed me to be a lot more flexible and focus on everything that’s important to me. I hope to continue to train and compete, pushing my body and my mind beyond it’s limits. I’ve also set up my own charity organisation and hope to continue to expand and help as many people as I can.
Thank you for your time Monique, is there anything you would like to add?
My decision to pick up weights has been one of the best decisions I have made in my life and I just hope everyone is able to get as much from it as I have. I’d also like to say thanks to my coach Dave Beattie who has helped me get to where I am and introduced me to a whole new world!
If anyone wants to find out more about what you do, what’s the best way to get hold of you?
You can find me on twitter “XMoniqueAmyX” or on Facebook “Monique Amy Newton”. Social media is great and it’s fantastic to be able to connect with like minded people.