May Athlete of the Month

…’She thought she could – so she did’…

Amanda Hill

Age

32

Tell us about yourself. What do you do outside of the gym?

There is life outside training??! 😉 I work full time at Crossfit Victoria where I coach and am the member services coordinator so my life is mostly consumed by the gym. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I like to get outside exploring when I can and to the beach to recharge my batteries. I also love napping. And am very good at it!

 How did you come to strongwoman? What drew you to it? How long?

I am lucky enough to have Mase from Stand or Submit as a very good friend and training partner, so after Crossfitting for 2 years and enjoying the lifting side of it way more than the rest and playing with his Strongman toys every now and then the seed was planted. I was super inspired watching you girls all kill it at the Arnold’s 2016 and decided I wanted to be out there with you all the next year!

Who/what inspires you and why?

I am inspired every day by my amazing friends, my strong, resilient, adventurous, loving and grateful family and training partners, and the journey’s of the amazing, resilient members in my gym. I get inspired by the people who are doing it really tough and are still able to carry on and keep smiling. I draw inspiration from many people and many things and hope to be able to inspire others in any small way in return.

Do you do any other type of training/sports?

I jump in a class every now and then with my Crossfit Vic family for fun and love Olympic Weightlifting, which I’m taking a break from on the back of my shoulder injury so I can focus on Strongman for a while. I’ll be coming back to it in the future for sure.

What is your favorite and least gym movement and/or Strongwoman event & why?

Most recently I have developed a love for yoke. I don’t know how that happened because it used to suck the soul right out of me. I also love stones and the challenge they present. It’s taken me a long time to get confidence with them and I have a long way to go and they frustrate the sh*t out of me sometimes, actually a lot of the time but I enjoy challenge.

LEAST:  I do struggle with deadlifts, they are a constant work in progress and always trying to tweak them to get a bit better, but I still love it. The only things I don’t like are if they give me a bit of grief with my shoulder since the injury, I think it’s more because they make me nervous. Mostly bench, which I used to love and Monster DB, which I also used to love.

What are you training for next?

To see how strong I can get! But comp wise, the Best in the West 2017, Vic’s strongest and the Arnolds 2018 with some fun stuff in between.
Ultimate goal – qualify for Arnolds Ohio!

What is your favorite Strongwoman specific memory/ achievement/ PB?

I had such an amazing day at The Arnold’s this year. Was my first big comp. So happy with my result on the back of an injury that really hindered my prep.

How do you stay motivated?

I love what I do, so that makes it easier to keep going. I love training, I love lifting, I love competing. I still definitely have struggle times and get in funks so being surrounded by positive, supportive, motivating people on similar journeys to mine help get me back on track. But being very aware of MY “why” is what ultimately keeps me going.

 What is your best piece of advice for beginners?

Just jump in and have a go. Start slow, learn the basics, get strong and don’t compare yourself to others. It’s your own journey and everyone’s is completely different. You’ve got to enjoy what you do so make sure you have fun!

Are you a sponsored athlete?

I am very, very lucky and forever grateful to have an amazing support crew helping me out. The guys at http://www.kinematics.com.au/ took me on as a sponsored athlete just prior to me injuring my shoulder. They never waivered in their commitment to bringing me back to optimal performance and now beyond. Can’t recommend them highly enough for any injury or body optimisation needs.
http://www.melbourne-shiatsu.com/ Jumped on board to support me and work in conjunction with the Kinematics boys and did wonders for my rehab. Dan’s help with my body and mind maintenance does wonders for my training and performance.
https://www.pantactive.com/ are my newest sponsors and I couldn’t be more stoked to rep an awesome local brand who promote a message that resonates hard with me – Be Bold – Be Strong – Be Unique – Have Fun!
Im also very lucky to have my partner http://drnathanbridger.com/ looking after me for all my chiro needs. Working in conjunction with my physio team to keep me in peak performance.

Strongman Achievements to date:

July ‘16 – Unleash the Beast Canberra – Novice comp – 1st
Sep ’16 – Best in the West Strongwoman Challenge – Open Category – 3rd
Mar ’17 – Arnold Classic Aust – Under 82.5kg – 5th

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