“The more you lift, the more you refine and grow into your technique. This makes you more efficient, and with that consistency allows you to increase your numbers over time – a very simplified way of looking at it, but really the more reps you invest in the bank, and the longer you invest, the better your return. I find this way of investing my time soothes my mental health as much as the physical. It’s addictive and I am really enjoying working on the mastery of the movements and trying to see what the best numbers I am capable of achieving are. All of that probably could have been summed up with – I just really love it.”
What motivated you to become a girevik? Why do you lift?
It suits me as an athlete better than any sport. I lift for personal achievement, to demonstrate the possibilities for women in the lighter weight classes, and because I want to do my part to spread awareness as GS becomes more known worldwide.
“The beauty and the challenge of this sport is having to constantly explain what it is. It’s like having an unusual name that everyone mispronounces: on the one hand you have a cool name, but on the other hand you go through the days correcting everyone. So it’s reiterated – it’s not an aesthetic event, it’s a performance event. It’s not about brute strength, it’s about technique, endurance and sub-maximal of strength.”
“If you’re on the fence to join your spouse in the sport, then I say give it a whirl; there’s a good chance you’ll fall hard for it and fall harder for your spouse as you cheer each other on.” – Karli Harshman
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