Exercise Science student Jennifer Huh is taking her education to new heights. She began powerlifting about two years ago, has recently started competing and is setting state records. Check out this interview with Jennifer to learn more.
Can you provide a brief overview of the kind of lifting you’ve been doing?
Powerlifting is a strength sport that consists of three lifts: squat, bench press and deadlift. During competitions, your best three attempts at maximal weight on the three lifts are calculated to get your total score. Currently, I am a powerlifter and I compete at powerlifting meets. I train at the gym five days a week, Monday through Friday. Each day consists of one of the three lifts or two of the three lifts plus a few auxiliary exercises.
Why did you start powerlifting?
Since the beginning of my freshman year of high school, I was very involved in sports. I was an athlete who played volleyball for three years, ran cross country one year and was involved in the school’s track team for four years. After I graduated high school, I didn’t know what I was going to do without joining a team or playing any sports. I know I had to do something physically because I could not just stay home and do absolutely nothing. Then, I started lifting with a group of friends before I started powerlifting. A year after being a regular gym-goer, I met my boyfriend, who got me into powerlifting. He helped me learn new techniques for all the three lifts, corrected my form and designed a program for me. I was basically his guinea pig, going through trial and error with the program to see what suited me best. He also convinced me to compete, so now I train for competitions.
What is your favorite lift?
My favorite lift out of the three would be squats.
What do you enjoy most about this sport?
I love the fact that you are not only going against other competitors, but you are constantly competing against yourself. There is always room to progress in strength, increase the weight you load on the bar and work on my form and technique.
Tell us about your recent achievements.
I compete in the 57 kg weight class, which is roughly around 115 – 125 lbs. Last December, I competed in the Season of Strength USAPL Meet. I won first place in the 57 kg raw junior class, beat the total record and deadlift record for my weight class and received the overall best lifter award. I currently hold the total record and deadlift record for the 57 kg raw junior weight class in the state of Georgia.
What’s next for you?
Right now, I am still training five days a week. I am not prepping for another meet at the moment, but my plan is to compete at a local meet around July. I am also planning on competing at the national competition, which will be held in Chicago this year. Hopefully, this will be a great experience and I will learn a lot.