A local woman has gone from ‘strength to strength’ after qualifying for the European Championships in powerlifting at the age of 50 - just four months after taking up the sport.
Bev Johnson, from North Thoresby, competed in the British and Amateur Powerlifting Union Northern Quarter in Scunthorpe on February 7, and was delighted to discover that she had been selected to represent Great Britain at this year’s WPC European Championships in Stoke on Trent in June.
Bev has taken her fitness particularly seriously in the last three years, taking up self-defence and kickboxing at Function First in Louth back in September 2013.
Bev told the Leader: “I have been a jogger for just over 20 years, but got heavier and heavier as I got over 40.
“I have lost over three stone in weight in the last three years, and started training - initially with Kettlebells - which accelerated my weight loss and toning.”
“I then took up self defence and kickboxing in September 2013, with [Function First coach] James Breakspeare’s encouragement, which has improved my confidence and he has seen me change as a person.
“My husband of almost 20 years has seen a massive change in me and has been a great support throughout.”
Bev praised Function First for their innovative training methods and support, and it was a seminar led by record-breaking powerlifter Andy Bolton last October which first inspired her to give it a try for herself.
Bev said: “My coach James Breakspeare, myself, and another member entered a novice comp at the end of November, where we were asked about entering a qualifying competition.
“Due to other commitments the other two were not able to compete last week, but James has coached me through a strength program for bench press, back squat and deadlift, and helping me with overall and specific training and nutrition and looking after my body.”
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