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Feature Friday - Powerlifting Winners

This week, Rec Sports is featuring two students that embody a healthy lifestyle and a life in motion! Alex Hatke and Sarah Waibel recently competed in and won the Rec Sports Powerlifitng Competition. Here's the inside scoop on their experiences! 


Why did you decide to attend the Ohio State University? 

Alex: "I originally came here because I liked the idea of having a large campus and a large student body. No matter what your hobbies or interests are, you can always find a group of individuals who share your passion."

Sarah: "It seemed like the best option for me to attend vet school."


What are some of your hobbies outside of school?

Alex: "If I'm not weightlifting or in class, you can probably find me rock climbing in the OAC. I love to be active outdoors, and I've been interested in hiking and kayaking lately, but climbing and exploring occupy most of my free time."

Sarah: "Rock climbing is my passion but I also enjoy weight lifting, biking, and cooking."


What got you interested in powerlifting? Did you have any experience prior to college?

Alex: "Other than going to the gym on my own, I had no experience. I hadn't competed before. I really liked the idea of competing on a fair level playing field. I've always been on the smaller side, so going up against some of the other lifters knowing their height and weight would play to my advantage was a nice change."

Sarah: "I've always been naturally strong and have been lifting since high school, my throw's coach used to joke that I should quit throwing and just be a lifter."  


What is your favorite lift and why? 

Alex: "It depends on the day, really. Bench press requires a lot of focus and attention to be really successful at, so it's really rewarding to see it all come together in one motion. But sometimes it's just satisfying to simply move a whole lot of weight on deadlift."

Sarah: "I love bench press. It has always been my favorite, however, I'm not really sure why."


Tell us your experience in the Rec sports Powerlifting Competition. 

Alex: "This was my first full competition, my previous competition was the Push-Pull meet last semester, which was also hosted by Rec Sports. It was tons of fun. Everyone was so supportive and just happy to be there. We were all there to do the same thing: show up and give it our best effort."

Sarah: "This was a my second competition and first full meet. I enjoyed the comradery of everyone there. Everyone was cheering and applauding one another even though we had all just met."


What skills have you gained from powerlifting, and how do they transfer to your everyday life?

Alex: "Powerlifting taught me to really reflect and learn from my mistakes. There's a lot of tweaking and fine tuning involved when it comes to making changes in diet and routine, and requires going through everything with a fine-tooth comb and evaluating what appears to be working, what isn't working, and make changes and adapting to new variables. Sometimes, I'll be following a routine that doesn't resemble my original plan at all because I'll have to make adjustments to compensate for an injury or something that's just not working in my diet."

Sarah: "I've learned that becoming good at anything (rock climbing, powerlifting, etc) requires dedication and a lot of hard work. You have to be willing to put in the effort if you want the rewards."


What are the next goals you are looking to achieve  involving powerlifting?

Alex: "I definitely want to try out an independent meet, I have a long way to go before I'll be confident in entering, but it gives me something to work towards."

Sarah: "My dream is to bench 200lbs. Other goals include a 410lb deadlift and if I could simply squat 275lbs, I'd be happy since that's an area I struggle in." 


How do you best live a life in motion? What advice would you give to those who might be trying to live a better Life in Motion?

Alex: "Just try it out! Rec sports has so many opportunities to get active and involved, it's hard not to find something you'd enjoy. If you're even remotely interested in something, take a class or participate in an event! If you don't like it, you can say you tried it out and you may have learned something, or you might find your new passion!"

Sarah: "Work hard and train/play even harder. Trying something new can be hard but it is how you choose to view life that makes it special."