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Q: First off, thanks Priscilla for taking time out of your crazy schedule to chat with us today. Since you’re travelling so much, which country or state are you currently in?
Priscilla: Traveling feels like an understatement. :) I reside in Anchorage, AK most of my time. A majority of my travel around the world and U.S. based depends on what is on the meet schedule, whether personally lifting or volunteering at an event.
Q: For those that don’t know much about you, could you give us a brief intro on your powerlifting career?
Priscilla: My lifting career started off in December of 1999 at a local push-pull (bench and deadlift only) meet in Bothell, WA. At that time, I didn’t even know about National or International meets. Since then, I have competed in 40 International competitions of which 24 were World Championships and 3 World Games. I have won 7 Open World Championships, 8 Master World Championships and have Total medaled (Gold, Silver or Bronze) at every World Championships I competed in since 2003. I also have set 30 IPF World Records since 2004.
Q: That’s an impressive resume! Congratulations on your recent win at the IPF World Women’s Classic Bench Press. How is it competing in a RAW powerlifting event versus suited? Do you prefer one over the other?
Priscilla: Thank you! Raw powerlifting is definitely a different game. I do not train specifically for raw competitions at this time since my main focus is equipped meets. The numbers I have put up at raw meets are generally my last warm-ups in the gym before I put on my gear for training. I do like the quickness of raw lifting because you can be in and out of the gym, but really like the technical complexity of equipped lifting.. takes it to a whole different level.
Q: The 2017 World Games in Poland are approaching quickly in July, what are your goals going into the 2017 World Games?
Priscilla: This will be my 4th World Games and as I get older, my goals become more realistic. My main goal going into any international competition is to get on the podium, which ever color the medal is. I have been fortunate enough to medal at the past three World Games and would love to keep that streak going.
Q: What does your training look like in order to prepare for that event? How many days are you training a week and what’s your split look like?
Priscilla: I currently train 5 days a week, Squats-Monday, Heavy Bench-Tuesday, Accessory Work-Wednesday, Deadlifts-Friday, Light Bench-Saturday. Right now I am coming off of a pulled quad at Nationals, so my training will be a bit of a challenge as I ramp up training for the World Games. I will have to see what my quad will be able to tolerate while healing up.
Q: Going into a competition do you typically follow a nutrition plan to keep your strength performance up and make sure your weight is in check?
Priscilla: Yes! For years (over a decade) I binged and purged. Or now as some say “bulking and cutting”, but we all know that is just a pretty way to word it. I finally broke down a year ago and hired a nutritionist (Kelsea Koenreich) to help me get on track. I now sit comfortably in my weight class year round and don’t miss the hard cuts to get there.
Q: Besides keeping your nutrition on point, are any specific supplements you use to help aid your training?
Priscilla: I keep my supplements fairly simple, mostly a well-balanced diet, multi-vitamins, creatine, HMB, BetaTOR, and BetaATP in helping the recovery process and keeping my body ready to handle the mass loads moved in training and on the platform.
Q: After the World Games, what else is in store for you this year?
Priscilla: It is a busy year for me. I have accepted both the team slots for Masters Worlds (the first week of October in Sweden) and Open Worlds (mid-November in the Czech Republic) and then I plan to be lazy over the winter!
Q: What is your favorite aspect of competing in powerlifting?
Priscilla: The mental challenge. Anyone can go to the gym and lift weights and get stronger, but bringing it to the platform and cashing in the training where it counts is all a mental challenge. I also enjoy seeing more females in the sport as it builds confidence in who they are and what abilities they have.
Q: I know powerlifting has allowed you to travel to a lot of places around the world. Do you have a favorite place to date?
Priscilla: My favorite place to visit is Prague in Czech Republic. This was the home of my first World Championship in 2001, then travelled back again in 2011 and now again in 2017. I’m looking forward to viewing the amazing buildings and sites around.
Q: Lastly, do you have any fun facts that maybe most people don’t know about you?
Priscilla: I hate fish… makes me gag and people think it is odd that I live in Alaska and won’t eat it.
Oh my goodness, that’s entertaining! Thanks Priscilla again for your time and we wish you the best of luck prepping for the World Games and your other World events in October and November!