What better way to get back into the swing of blogging than introducing you to one of my favorite new lifters and teammates, Amanda Carroll! Before getting to the bit Amanda wrote about herself for this post, I have to share with you how much this woman inspires me and drives me to be the best coach I can be. I have never met a more passionate person. If there was ever a woman I would trust with my life, it would be her! As powerlifters, we all know “trust with my life” means the person you want to back-spot your max-effort squat, while ramping up your sympathetics with some loud yelling in your ear. Well she does just that…
“THIS IS WHAT YOU CAME TO DO!”
“THIS IS WHY WE TRAIN!”
“LET’S GO! YOU GOT THIS!”
She’s the best TEAM PLAYER in a teamless sport. When it’s just you against the barbell, she manages to help you lift that weight in some transcendent way. Everyone likes to have that kind of person around during a training session… Am I right?
When Amanda walks into the gym, EVERYONE knows it’s business time! Amanda may seem like fun and games, but trust me, she’s been dreaming about getting her lift on all day, every day! She always comes to do work with trigger point focus and determination, and she came to make sure YOU DO WORK, too! Team PrettySTRONG wouldn’t be the same without her. It’s athletes like Amanda that make coaching my favorite thing to do. She may not be aware of this, but she pushes me to improve my skills and knowledge of everything STRENGTH, to make sure my athlete’s skills are always progressing. It’s a journey I thank her for taking with me. For some reason she trusts me, and I can’t let her down!
The Brief History of Amanda Carroll…
I was born and raised in Baconton, GA (a small town just outside of Albany). I moved to the big city of Atlanta to attend GA Tech where I received my B.S. in Chemical Engineering in 2004. I worked out off and on at the big globo gyms, but it never seemed to fulfill me. I drove by Crossfit on the Square in Marietta one day in July 2012 and decided to stop in and see what it was all about. After talking to Ivy Perkins, the owner, it sounded like something I might be interested in. I happened to start at the beginning of their Olympic Lifting training cycle and the more I performed the Clean and Snatch the more I realized this was something I loved. I loved lifting heavy! I decided to take a Powerlifting workshop that was being taught by Vanessa Gale and David Bell. A light bulb went off and I had my “Aha” moment. This is what I am passionate about, and this is what I was born to do. Soon after the workshop, CFSQ add Strength classes to the schedule that were taught by Vanessa and Dave and of course I immediately signed up. I was hooked from day one. I decided to do my first competition (USAPL) in March of 2013 and it was one of the best experiences of my life. I now have three competitions under my belt and have signed up for two more. I train 3 to 4 times a week and I am proud to say I am a part of Team PrettySTRONG!
Competition Weight Classes: 165/181
More to come! Stay tuned for future Personal Records!
Team PrettySTRONG at Raw Nationals 2013
Left to right:
Shelley Toth, Amanda Carroll, Sara Cichorek, Stephanie Mahan, Vanessa Gale