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Not Something to take Lightly Posted On 22 October 2021

 

Solihull teen sets new British powerlifting Record

At just 17 years-old, Lauren Recci, an ambulance service apprentice, has won a gold medal at the World Powerlifting Championships. Beyond winning gold, Lauren achieved a new personal best of 285kg in her combined deadlift, squat and bench press totals and set a new British record.

For those uneducated in the jargon of powerlifting, a deadlift is a weight training exercise in which a loaded barbell or bar is lifted off the ground to the level of the hips, keeping the torso perpendicular to the floor, before being placed back on the ground. A squat is a strength exercise in which you must lower your hips from a standing position and then stand back up.

A bench press is an upper body weight training exercise in which you press a weight upwards whilst lying on a weight training bench. Lauren won a gold medal for her deadlifts – lifting a staggering 140kg and earnt bronze medals for squats and bench press. 

Prior to the World Powerlifting Championships, Lauren competed in a West Midlands powerlifting competition where she qualified for the British championships. It was at the British Championships where the was selected to compete in the Worlds. Speaking to the Birmingham Mail, Lauren commented: “It was my first international championships, I had to go over there on my own because Sweden had a ban on UK travellers because of Covid, so that was a bit scary. When I found out I’d won gold for deadlift, it was crazy. I was so pleased. Deadlift is my favourite of the three, so I was very happy.”

Lauren was committed to her goal and trained 4-5 times per week for up to three hours at a time. She did this whilst working full-time as a West Midlands Ambulance Service apprentice. She explained, “I work 8am until 4pm so I would work, get home, eat, train for a couple of hours then go to bed. I work in Coventry, and I don’t have a driving licence yet, so I have to get public transport which takes two hours every morning and two hours home. It’s tight, but I never miss training.”

 

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