Aneela Wins Gold at British Powerlifting Finals & Qualifies for World Champs!
“‘To achieve what you have never achieved, you must do what you have never done.’ I’ve recited this mantra daily since the start of the year”, Aneela says.
She continues, “I’m in my 40s, I have a small physique and I am a female competing in an intimidating industry dominated by very strong men! So many challenges to overcome. I’ve wanted to prove to myself that with the right mindset and right support around me, I can achieve my goal of representing my country in Sport. My trainers are both British and World Champions and I’m lucky to be training with them.
It’s not easy. Juggling an agency, managing a team, being mum and wife whilst getting up at silly-o-clock to train before work, whilst ensuring every mouthful of food is weighed and liquid is measured (drinking 5L of water a day!), weighing myself twice a day and trying to get a good 8 to 10 hours sleep – it’s not for the feint-hearted!
Was it worth it?! Every single second of it, yes! Winning first place in my category is surreal. I lifted a total of 242.5kg, a PB of 85kg in squat with my bodyweight of 52.9kg is exceptional. My score has qualified me for the World Championships in Manchester, in August. I’m resting this week and today I’ve already eaten 2 cheeseburgers, Lindt chocolate and gooey pastries! Back training on Sunday, 12 weeks out for the Worlds, where I hope to break a few records!”