Tell me a little about yourself and your background?
My name is Heather Connor, I am 27 years old from the coast of North Carolina. I am currently the number 1 ranked 47kg/103lb powerlifter in the US as well as being lb. for lb. strongest female regardless of weight class in the International Powerlifting Federation.
What aspect of fitness do you enjoy the most?
My favorite part about fitness is being able to see what my body is capable of and pushing it past what people would consider the “normal” limit.
How long have you been into fitness and how did you get into fitness?
I have been into fitness for quite some time now. It started when I was younger. My dad was a coach that literally everyone in town knew. I was like his sidekick. Always at every one of his practices just watching all the stuff the athletes had to do and just really grew to love it.
What was a turning point for you to take it seriously?
My turning point actually happened in my very first powerlifting competition. I went into the competition thinking “I’m better than everyone” I had the wrong mentality and it def showed that day. I say it showed because that was the day that I got disqualified. In the sport of powerlifting you have to make at least one attempt in the 3 categories to continue on…I missed every attempt during the bench press which made me ineligible to get a total. All the work that I had essentially been for nothing. THAT was my turning point. I let down myself and that was a big NO in my book. I let go of the ego and continued to learn more of the sport and how I could improve as an athlete. Three months later I came back to another competition with a new attitude and ended up breaking every JR American Record there was.
How has fitness impacted your life?
Fitness has impacted my life in so many ways. Being someone that suffers from depression and anxiety, fitness has been my escape. It’s what allows me to be in my own world where any worries that might have come about that day, that workout took those worries away. In short term, fitness saved me from myself.
What words of advice or encouragement would you like to give to someone who is just starting out or would like to start but doesn’t know where to begin?
My words of advice for anyone that is just starting their fitness journey or who has been in it for a while is to take your time and enjoy the ride. It’s not a contest on who can get to X faster, it’s about setting goals and working to accomplish them. Learn and grow as an athlete and inspire those around you.