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Natalie Kate Salm

Name: Natalie Kate Salm
Age: 24
Home: Brisbane, Queensland
Occupation: Strength and Powerlifting Coach and Barber
Gym: Iron Underground
Weight class: 57kgs               

Personal Best Raw Squat Bench Press Deadlift Total
Competition: 136.5kg 90kg 145kg 371.5kg

Australian Open Women’s 57kgs:
Squat – 136.5kgs
Bench press – 90kgs

Oceania Open Women’s 57kg Bench Press -87.5kgs
Oceania 57kg Junior Women’s Bench Press – 70kgs

57kg Junior Australian Champion 2014
57kg Junior Oceania Champion 2014

Favourite Lift/s: Bench Press all day every day.

Best powerlifting moment:
Squatting 136.5kgs for the Open Women’s Record at the Melbourne Open. I walked off the platform and balled my eyes out I was so overwhelmed with happiness. Straight after that I benched 90kgs. I went 9/9 that day with a huge 45kg PB on my total.

Worst powerlifting moment:
Not doing as well as I had hoped for in a meet. My ego was hurt for a week or so but then I got over it and put everything into perspective and realised not every competition will be your best performance.

What got you into powerlifting and when?
I loved hitting PB’s in the gym more then anything else. A friend of mine mentioned I should get into powerlifting but I didn’t know too much about the sport. After thinking about it for a few months I saw a local novice meet being advertised online so I put my name down 4 weeks out and went for it. I placed second and from then on I was hooked! That was in December 2013

How did you decide that you want to compete in Powerlifting?
After looking into Powerlifting Australia, seeing all the records at the time and thinking about what I could achieve I knew it was something I had to try.

How often and how long do you currently train?
Usually 5 or 6 days per week, as I get closer to a comp I train every second day which keeps me lifting heavy and helps me to recover. My session usually take around 2-2.5 hours.

What does your competition day look like?
I am usually pretty calm. I check my body weight first of course; so far I have always been on track to weight in under 57kgs so I don’t have to do anything drastic. I have a hot shower, spend time doing my hair and makeup (you always have to look good on stage) This is a rule of mine since I spent my childhood doing dancing and gymnastics and all other sports where you had to look good on stage.

I always have a huge bag full of food for the day. Head to the competition, I wait to weigh in then I literally scull a bottle of Gatorade the second I step off the scales. I eat heaps of delicious food for a while, usually until I feel a little sick. Then I start to stretch and work on my mobility and wait for my food to digest.

30 minutes before lifting starts I start to warm up back stage and that’s pretty much it!  I focus on what I am there to do and then its game time!

How do you stay fuelled and energized during competitions?
Gatorade, energy drinks, a lot of carb heavy foods like sandwiches, lollies, salty chips and chocolate of course.

What’s your favourite post comp food?

Buffalo chicken wings and a Cider.

Who are your role models and why?
My Mum has always been my biggest role model. She is the strongest Women I know! She is so hard working and has always been there for me and believed in me. As a kid she always had me in a million different sports, driving me around, paying for my costumes and travel all because she believed I had a talent and I loved it. If it wasn’t for her I wouldn’t be the athlete I am today.

My Coach Paul Thompson is a huge role model to me. He practices what he preaches and has helped me come such a long way in powerlifting. Most of the time I think he believes in me more than I do. I work hard because I wouldn’t want to let him or myself down. That’s what a good coach is.

What advice would you give someone who wants to start powerlifting?
You really have nothing to lose so just go for it! Seek out a good coach or gym in your area. Have a chat to someone who knows all about Powerlifting and start training. Back yourself 100% and be passionate about lifting!

What are your plans and goals for the future in powerlifting and generally?
I want to continue getting stronger and increasing my Wilks points. My next big comp I have my eyes on is the IPF World Championships in Killeen, Texas 2016. This will be my first Worlds if I am able to go and I would LOVE to get a medal in Bench Press or place top 5.  

Recently I have also taken to the idea of becoming a professional Female Wrestler.  This is something I am going to look into further. I think an Australian Female Powerlifter/Wrestler is pretty damn cool.

But most of all I want to keep motivating people to get strong, healthy, love themselves and be happy as I will continue to do for myself. 

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