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Getting to Know Priscilla Ribic

We had the pleasure to sit down and chat with the accomplished powerlifter Priscilla Ribic about life, training, and her upcoming competitions.

Q: Good morning Priscilla, tell us a little bit about yourself?
PR:   I come from a family of 5 kids, me being the second oldest.  I have a son, Wyatt, now 20 years old.   My hobby is riding motorcycles, which I currently have a Harley Deluxe, two Buells 1125s, an EBR 1190 and a little retro Honda.  Some day in the near future I am going to drag race.

Q: How long have you been competing in powerlifting and what’s the story on how you got into competing?
PR:  I started competing in December of 1999 after only 5 weeks of training.  I am one of those who jumps in feet first, but got instantly hooked.  I got the lifting bug back in high school by taking a weight training class and out lifted most of the guys.  It took me nearly a decade before I picked the weights back up and started lifting. 

Q: Why did you choose powerlifting over other strength sports?
PR: It is what I know.  I started powerlifting at the age of 27 and don’t think I am youthful enough to take up Olympic lifting and too short for Strongman.   And the one nice thing about powerlifting is you can do it in virtually any gym.

Q: Was it a long process getting to the level of competition you are at now?
PR:  I have the genetics for the sport, but was very green for the competition platform, so it took me a bit to find my groove.  I was fortunate enough to make an alternate slot on the Open National Team 2-weeks out from International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) Worlds in 2001.  I walked away with 5th place out of 11 lifters and repeated the same the following year.  Then in 2003 I hit the medals stand and have medaled at every international meet since then (over a decade now).   My first IPF Gold medal was in 2004.

Q: I know you are currently prepping for the IPF Master World Championships, what are you doing training wise to get yourself ready?
PR:  Training for IPF Master Worlds is a little tricky this year as it is just 6 weeks prior to IPF Open Worlds, which is the end game.   My main focus is to get the most out of each training day while staying clear of the overtraining line in the sand.

Q: Do you follow a strict nutrition plan when getting ready for a big meet?
PR:  Yes.  I wish I did all the time, but apparently I like food more than anything… or so I have been told.  But when I get engaged in my training cycle for a competition, I also engage my ‘clean’ eating.  As with every powerlifter, I eat lots of protein.

Q: What are your goals going into the IPF Master World Championships?
PR:  I am lucky to be able to be competing on home soil again and hope to do a repeat of what I did in Aurora, CO last November at Open Worlds and bring home the Gold for Team USA.

Q: Of the 3 lifts do you have a favorite?  And why is it your favorite?
PR:   Squat.  My toughest lift, it is the most mentally challenging for me, but I am determined to conquer it.

Q: What do you think it takes to become a great powerlifter?
PR:  First and foremost... mental strength.  I think you can be the strongest physical person in the world, but if you aren’t mentally, you can’t cash it on the platform.  Then followed by great coaching, genetics and a strong work ethic.

Q: What traits do you possess that has made you a successful powerlifter?
PR:  Genetics, drive and desire to be the best.  For those who have met my siblings, will know that the Ribic’s have the genes for strength sports and athletics as a whole.  It is kind of like looking at the Gillinghams, just shorter versions. J  But beyond genetics, you need to be mentally strong enough to be able to cash it on the big stage, gym PRs don’t count in my eyes, it’s the hardware you bring home in the end.

Q: How have supplements been able to aid your performance?
PR:  Pushing the limits in the gym, having great supplements to help in muscle recovery has been essential.  I often do back-to-back competitions and need to keep my body at top notch and avoid the dreadful overtraining curse.  With that, I depend on HMB, PEAK ATP, and BetaTOR for strength, performance and recovery.  With them I am ready to hit the next day’s challenge at the gym.    I am not a big protein shake person, I would rather get my intake mostly from beef and buffalo (I think I am the only Alaskan who doesn’t like fish).

Q: What has been your favorite memory since you’ve started competing?
PR:  There are so many of them.  My first IPF Gold Medal in 2004.   Being a part of the opening ceremonies at the 2005 Worlds Games and watching them raise the Olympic flag and winning 2011 IPF Worlds in the Czech Republic, my first Worlds since herniating my back and in tears to be able to overcome such a severe injury I couldn’t even tie my shoes to being the World Champion again.

Q: You’ve achieved a lot so far in your powerlifting career, what’s next to check off on your list?
PR:  My ultimate goal when I started lifting at the IPF level was to make the IPF Hall of Fame.  I am honored to have reached that in 2009.  Now my goals are to keep the longevity going in the sport and to continue to medal at the IPF World level, a forever challenge as I move further into the Master’s class (over 40) and still compete in the Open arena with amazing women who are 13+ years younger.   

Q: Last, but not least, what are a few things most people don’t know about you?
PR:  Shy!  I hate being in front of people; it literally took me 13 meets to get comfortable on the platform.   If anyone can find video of my first Nationals, it looks like I run on and off the platform. I was just trying to get the job done and out of being in front of people ‘watching’ me.   Powerlifting has definitely brought me out of my shell. J

Thanks Priscilla for your time and we wish you the best in prepping for these upcoming IPF meets!


Posted on August 5, 2015


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