"I don’t see an end point for me."
Rhaea Stinn was named the Canadian Powerlifting Union Female Powerlifting of the Year in 2005-2006 and 2008-2013, Canadian Female Bencher of the Year in 2008-2010, and best female lifter at the 2008-2014 Canadian National Championships. She has competed at the world level since 2005
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How did you get into powerlifting?
I got into powerlifting through my brother, Ryan Fowler. He had been competing in powerlifting for just over a year, and I wanted to see how I would do at powerlifting because I thought it might help me with the other sports I was playing.
He was being coached by Jeff Butt, and at Christmas of my grade 9 year, he took me to the gym with him and the team that was training there at the time. I started getting coached by Jeff, and did my first meet in January 2003, about a month after going to the gym for the first time.
What makes you stick with it?
There is always more weight you can put on the bar, so you can always get stronger in this sport! Because of this, I don’t see an end point for me. There are always new goals to be set, whether it’s an individual lift, total, or technique, so there are always improvements that can be made.
What’s your favourite lift: squat, bench, or deadlift?
It’s hard to pick a favourite because they’re all important when it comes to the total.
Which lift surprises you the most in a meet and why?
It really depends on the meet. I’d say my biggest surprise on meet day comes when the lift that had been going the best in training doesn’t go as well as you had planned, or when the lift you had been struggling with comes together on competition day.
What’s your go-to PR/pump up song?
I don’t typically rely on music to get me amped up.
What’s your current training look like and why?
I’m just starting my program for Classic Worlds, which are being held the end of June in Texas. I typically train 6 days/week – I squat 4 days, bench 3 days, and deadlift 3 days. My husband, Ryan does most of my programming, and I tweak it and add in things as I see fit. Most workout are around 2 hours from start to finish. Leading up to Classic Worlds I’ll be in gear more than I regularly would be for a classic meet as I’ll also be competing equipped at North American’s in August and want to be prepared for that.
What are your goals for 2016?
My biggest goal this year is to qualify for the 2017 World Games. The World Games are held every 4 years, and it is a multi-sport event. Only 40 men and 40 women are invited to compete in powerlifting at this event. The main qualifier for this event will be Equipped Open Worlds in Orlando in November, with a few qualifying spots being available from North American’s in August. I’ve competed at 2 World Games, and it’s an experience unlike any else.
If you could only pick one thing, what advice would you give a new lifter?
Compete! Don’t compare your numbers to anyone else’s, and don’t wait until you’re “strong enough” to compete. Just get out there, experience what competition day is like, and if this sport is for you, you’ll be hooked!
Where do you see powerlifting in five years?
I think powerlifting will continue to gain popularity in the next five years, and we’ll continue to see our membership numbers increase. Slowly it’s getting to be a more known sport, with people knowing and understanding the movements, and I think that trend will continue.