STRONGWOMAN Nic Brown
…”She Believed She Could, So She Did”…
A bit about you, (what do you do outside of your training etc)?
Outside training I;m a nurse in Melbourne. Working predominantly in surgical admissions and day surgery. I am heading back to university in 2017 to further my nursing practice.
Outside that you can usually find me spending time with my Sausage dog: Ollie, out with friends or in Geelong with my other half.
How did you come to strongwoman? What drew you to it? How long?
I have trained most CrossFit until I stumbled across Michael Smits on Instagram. After a few comments here and there he invited me down to try Strongman at Strong Melbourne and he taught me everything I know today.
Do you do any other type of training/sports?
I’ve recently changed it up to add more accessory work and body building type movements into my program to build foundational strength. Cardio is a no go for me. CrossFit has definitely left the building.
What Gym do you train at/ what do you love about your gym?
After moving to the other side of Melbourne, I moved gyms and now I train at Strong Geelong now under Tyson Morrissy. Tyson has really helped me address my weaknesses physically and mentally.
I also get to train with my boyfriend, Steve, which is always great and I love the vibe there. It’s a great gym.
What is your favourite gym movement and/or strongwoman event & why?
Anything overhead. Barbell, Axle, Dumbbell… give it to me and I’ll do my best to get it up there.
Least favourite & why?
Least favourite is certainly Deadlift. A lower back injury in 2015 has played a reoccurring part in my training so I’ve always got that lurking in the back of my mind.
What are you training for next?
Fun. In short, I’m training for fun. I found, whilst competitions are excellent, they also push our body and mind to its maximum and sometimes not always for the better.
So, although I qualified for Arnolds Classic 2017, I’ve decided to pull back and build my solid foundation back up and just have fun again.
What is your favourite strongwoman specific memory/ achievement/ PB?
Definitely hitting the 27.5kg Monster Dumbbell at BITW 2016. I’d never touched that Dumbbell before, and although I’d lifted 30kg before, that one was particularly awkward.
How do you stay motivated?
I don’t always, and I’ve made peace with that. This StrongWoman stuff is bloody hard. Working at maximal capacity a lot of the time can be so difficult, taking training back to lighter loads and volume work has been a blessing for me.
I’m also very lucky to have great friends and a boyfriend who remind me that lifting, while fun, isn’t everything. Some days are going to be crap – but there’s always tomorrow.
What is your best piece of advice for beginners?
Listen to your Coaches and your body. If your body niggles, get it looked at. If your coach says lower the weight, lower the weight.
Strongman Achievements to date
1st BITW 2016 – qualified for Arnolds 2017.
3rd Strongman Fitness Expo 2016