Introducing Sheri Miles – Prolific IPF Powerlifter

Sheri’s insane work ethic really fights the dumbfounded stigma that women can’t kick it on the lifting platform with their male counterparts. At Locker 27, we are so proud to have a thriving girls community, all the way from the academy to the weightlifters. They put in work every day, and our weightlifters, hybrid, and strength & performance attendees (& the rest) are an absolute testament to this. Sheri is flying the ladies’ powerlifting flag high, and we would love to see other girls trying it out and experience something different to what they may be used to. Our powerlifting coach, Sid, would love to have you all down!

Sheri, our resident IPF Powerlifter was kind enough to sit down with us after a gruelling session, and answer a few questions (We think the lure of a Mass Gains and an excuse to talk about food sufficed as payment).

Q. When did you begin powerlifting?

“2 and a half years ago.”

This is still so early in a powerlifters career, as technique and strength takes so long to develop.

However, if you ever thought you might be stronger than her, you probably aren’t. Despite knowing she could out-lift us all, Sheri is always smiling, and keen for conversation (so pop over and quiz her on her favourite food/powerlifting movement).

Q. How and why did you begin powerlifting, and do you have time for other hobbies?

“It just seemed to fall into my lap!

It wasn’t glamorous, or anything along those lines. My old personal trainer saw me lifting and figured that I might be pretty good at lifting heavy things. Initially, this idea didn’t appeal to me and I was unsure about the idea of it, which is an issue most girls face regarding the sport.”

With more encouragement, Sheri softened up to the idea of it all, and decided to go watch a live powerlifting meet.

“Watching it made me want to try it”.

Her enthusiasm seems to stem from the positive energy and sense of community that she witnessed at that meet, and she has not looked back since. As an ex-sprinter, and now also a pole-dancer, she is not scared of hard work, so powerlifting seemed to “dovetail” with her other hobbies. That is what made it so easy for her to start.

Q. What is the best & worst thing about powerlifting?

Best things: “Food, and how creative you can get with it.”

Just as a start, Sheri could have listed more benefits than there are grains of sand, but for the purpose of this, we condensed it. As stated above, the first benefit was food. Everyone loves food, so I guess we should all start powerlifting then? All jokes aside, she loves the physiological aspects of it. Seeing her strength steadily improve, and watching her body transform as a bi-product gives her immense motivation to continue. By putting on more muscle mass, she is “able to burn more calories” and enjoy her favourite foods even more.

Sheri also continued to say that without doubt, the best thing (aside from food) is how supportive the people within the industry are. If you need help with technique, or just getting started, the “online community is amazing” for those who are keen to give it a go.

Worst things: “Mobility & squatting”.

Oh, we understand your pain, Sheri.

As a result of lifting heavy, for continuous periods, the biggest set-back for her has been mobility and flexibility. As a pole-dancer, she needs a strong trunk (which powerlifting helps), but also needs to be really supple. While she doesn’t entirely blame powerlifting for this, she knows that it comes part and parcel with all of the (good) tension she puts her body under!

According to Sheri, because she is unconventionally tall (5ft 9 inches) for a female powerlifter, squatting is tough due to her levers being much longer than any other competitors’.

Q. What is your send off message, and goal for powerlifting as a whole?

“I want powerlifting to be a lot more mainstream”.

This was a big focus in our chat, because it is part of the reason that many people don’t powerlift. A huge aspiration of hers, and many of those in powerlifting is to promote it in a positive way that makes people feel welcomed, and empowered. This is probably what impresses people most with Sheri. She is so focused on the community, and its development, which is great to see and witness here at Locker 27.

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