Joanne Greagen (Vic)

…”She believed she could, so she did”…


Photo Credit Natasha Quinney



A bit about you, (what do you do outside of your training etc):

What don’t I do? I’m a mum of 3 boys, a business owner (Be Strong Fitness Geelong), and strength and conditioning coach and Athlete. I also run the famous Best in The West Strongwoman Competition IG @bestinthewest_sw and @Strongwomamau with this team.

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

I started in 2013 when a friend of mine recommended I gave it a go. So I competed in Victoria’s Strongest Woman placing first and loved every minute of it. I fell in love with the combination of Strength and Fitness required.  Not fitness as in running fitness but the type that is required to move ridiculously heavy things :/

Do you do any other type of training/sports? 

I’m also Elite Powerlifter. It has been the base my Strongman Training.

What Gym do you train at/ what do you love about your gym? 

I train at my own Gym now – Check it out. I also offer online coaching if anyone is keen Before this I was training at Elite Sports Performance and Iron Revolution

What is your favourite gym movement and/or strongwoman event & why?

Oh this is a hard question.  I actually love soo many things. Being a Powerlifter I am going to say Squats and as a Strongwoman – I love over heads – Zpress/push press etc.  Both these movements as “gym movement” are great for your entire body and they cross over and help increase strength for both Powerlifting and Strongwoman,
My Fav Strongwoman event changes all the time. Right now, as much as I suck at it, I would have to say Log Press. I’m on a mission to get better at it so even though my sessions are tough and emotionally I get let down when I just “don’t have it,” I think that it is what I am most interested in right now and most excited to improve at.

Least favourite & why

CONANS WHEEL – It hurts my lunges. No matter how fit I am it’s just bloody hard.

What are you training for next?

Right now – I’m training for Proraw9 and Strongwoman both at the Arnold Classic. I am returning from some injuries so now sure how I will go but I’m super excited that I’m back at training.

What is your favourite strongwoman specific memory/ achievement/ PB?

I think my favourite memory would be the first ever Strongwoman Competition that they held at the Arnold Classic. I fell in love with SW but it was a bitch fight to get comps up and running and to have been actively involved with getting a team together to compete at the first ever Strongwoman Comp at the Arnold Classic was amazing. Although it’s not a strength Achievement for me it was a turning point in SW for all women and I’m glad I was able to be a part of it.

How do you stay motivated? 

I just want to get better/stronger/healthier. I want to keep pushing the boundaries of what people’s perception of Women’s capabilities are.

What is your best piece of advice for beginners?

Stay true to yourself. This will make sense over time.  Don’t rush. It’s great to be the best/the strongest or as strong as “everyone else” but just remember it takes time. It’s a journey. A marathon. Find a coach who is willing to go through the journey with you because they want to see YOU succeed not just to promote themselves and their business. If your coach is pushing for fast results they are not looking out for your best interest. Most importantly – HAVE FUN.

Are you a sponsored athlete?

Yes. I’m sponsored by No Days Off Supplements. I love that I am sponsored by this company as I truly believe in their products so it makes it easy.