Busy Henrie finds time to set powerlifting records
Post Independent Intern
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Even though a new grandbaby and teaching responsibilities cut her training short, Kimberly Henrie was able to take home top honors at the USA Powerlifting RAW National Championships the weekend of July 16.
The 42-year-old unofficially set the national record for all four categories – bench press, deadlift, squat, and overall score – in her division at the competition in Denver. The records will become official when they appear on http://www.usapowerlifting.com.
Henrie said she knew going in she could set the records.
“I knew that, as long as I performed at my level, I would probably come home with a medal,” she said. “I knew I could [set the record], and I did it. I always want to set a record. For me, it’s just increasing my own personal record. It’s really me against myself.”
Henrie also set the state records for those lifts in 2008.
Henrie, who owns Exclusive Athletic Club in Glenwood Springs, said she wasn’t able to train that much this spring because a new grandbaby consumed a lot of attention, and she took over teaching a barbell class at the club.
She said that, despite the lack of training, she went into the competition confident.
“I didn’t really train for it,” Henrie said. “I’ve become proficient in the three lifts [squat, deadlift, and bench press] over the years and I stayed physically fit by instructing classes, and I’m a personal trainer. By teaching, I’m working out at least 10 hours a week.”
The club helps her stay fit for competition, as it has all the equipment she needs to train, but it is also a huge reason she got into the sport.
Henrie said when she first bought the club four years ago, she asked members what could be added to the club. A suggestion was powerlifting/bodybuilding, and she decided it was a good idea.
She then became a powerlifting meet director for the state of Colorado and, after hosting a meet at the club, she decided she knew she wanted to compete in the sport.
Henrie added the sport gives a sense of accomplishment to powerlifters, and can help motivate others.
“You walk up to a stack of weights, pick them up, and it’s rewarding,” she said. “The sport is interesting, and it’s motivating for people to see a 40-year-old woman do it. They know they can do it too.”
Henrie added the sport’s demands are perfect.
“It really works well with my lifestyle,” she said. “With powerlifting, you really want to spend three to five hours week training.”
When she is not training, Henrie is teaching classes at the club, training as a personal trainer, spending time with her grandbaby, working with KMTS radio and maintaining the club. She said she has always had a lot to do, and she does it all.
Despite the busy schedule and owning national and state records, Henrie plans to keep on improving.
“My goal at the moment is to significantly increase my ability for the December state championships in Aurora,” she said.
Henrie is available for personal training and leads group classes at Exclusive Athletic Club in the Springs Center. She can be reached at 945-9107.
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