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NBSV 135: Powerlifter Rachel Lakey on veganism, and queer and trans inclusion in powerlifting

5 years ago, Rachel started strength training with Coach K, and now they’re a competitive powerlifter who just qualified for their first pro meet!

Rachel is a Portland, Oregon-based strength coach and competitive powerlifter. They have been vegan for 14 years. Five years ago, they took a women’s introduction to strength training class with Coach K, and have been addicted to the barbell ever since.

In their first year of competing, they broke multiple state records and lifted at the National level. Rachel is passionate about expanding queer inclusion and representation in powerlifting and is involved in advocacy efforts around the Pacific Northwest.

Important topics and points you don't want to miss:

>> How Rachel started their strength training journey with Coach K, and now is a competitive powerlifter who just qualified for their first pro meet!

>> Vegans are incredibly underrepresented in the sport of powerlifting, especially at the elite level. It is possible to get big, strong, and competitive while eating plants!

>> Queer and trans inclusion efforts in powerlifting, including advocacy, community building, new federations/alternative avenues for competitions, and education/myth-busting about transgender competitors.

Connect with Rachel:

>> Rachel on Instagram: personal // coaching

Mentioned in this episode:

>> Rachel's favourite queer and trans inclusive powerlifting federations and organizations: Rain City Powerlifting Union, Strength for All Bodies, International Association of Trans Bodybuilders and Powerlifters, and Powerlifting America

Episode Transcript:

>> Access the full transcript of this episode here.


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