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Heather Porter

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Name: Heather Kathleen Porter

Height: 5’ 7”

Weight: 175 lbs

Hometown: Nocona, TX

Current Location: Elk City, OK

Occupation: Teacher and Personal Trainer

Sport(s):  Powerlifting and Bodybuilding

Title(s)/Records:  

  • Southern Powerlifting Federation (SPF) Records:

    • Squat - Raw:​

      • Full Power // Masters 40-44 // 181 lbs class // 405 lbs* **

    • Bench Press – Raw:

      • Full Power // Masters 40-44 // 181 lbs class // 215 lbs* **

    • Deadlift - Raw:​

      • Full Power // Masters 40-44 // 181 lbs class // 440 lbs* **

    • Total - Raw:​

      • Full Power // Masters 40-44 // 181 lbs class // 1060 lbs* **

    • Squat - Raw:​

      • Full Power // Open // 181 lbs class // 355 lbs*

    • Bench Press – Raw:

      • Full Power // Open // 181 lbs class // 200 lbs*

    • Deadlift - Raw:​

      • Full Power // Open // 181 lbs class // 415 lbs*

    • Total - Raw:​

      • Full Power // Open // 181 lbs class // 970 lbs*

    • Bench Press – Raw:

      • Push/Pull // Masters 40-44 // 181 lbs class // 215 lbs* **

    • Deadlift - Raw:​

      • Push/Pull // Masters 40-44 // 181 lbs class // 440 lbs* **

    • Total - Raw:​

      • Push/Pull // Masters 40-44 // 181 lbs class // 655 lbs* **

  • United States Powerlifting Association (USPA) Records:

    • Squat - Raw:​

      • Full Power // Masters 40-44 // 181 lbs class // 407.9 lbs* **

    • Bench Press – Raw:

      • Full Power // Masters 40-44 // 181 lbs class // 215 lbs* **

    • Deadlift - Raw:​

      • Full Power // Masters 40-44 // 181 lbs class // 429.9 lbs* **

    • Total - Raw:​

      • Full Power // Masters 40-44 // 181 lbs class // 1052.8 lbs* **

    • Squat - Raw:​

      • Full Power // Open // 181 lbs class // 407.9 lbs* **

    • Bench Press – Raw:

      • Full Power // Open // 181 lbs class // 215 lbs* **

    • Deadlift - Raw:​

      • Full Power // Open // 181 lbs class // 429.9 lbs* **

    • Total - Raw:​

      • Full Power // Open // 181 lbs class // 1052.8 lbs* **

    • Bench Press – Raw:

      • Push/Pull // Masters 40-44 // 181 lbs class // 215 lbs* **

    • Deadlift - Raw:​

      • Push/Pull // Masters 40-44 // 181 lbs class // 429.9 lbs* **

    • Total - Raw:​

      • Push/Pull // Masters 40-44 // 181 lbs class // 644.9 lbs* **

 

*State Record   **National Record

How did you start competing in your sport and how long have you been competing? 

I decided to start competing in powerlifting on a wim actually. Several people had suggested it at a couple different gyms I’d been to after they’d seen how much weight I could put up. I started doing some research and signed up in March 2018 for a competition in July of that same year. I competed in my first powerlifting competition July 7, 2018. I have been competing now for less than a year; however, I have walked away with a first place, broken and set new records, and/or won every competition that I have participated in since starting. 

What is your favorite type of training right now?  I love all methods of training, but my favorite is definitely prepping for powerlifting meets. However, I am a strong believer that accessory work is a HUGE contributor to what actually makes you put up the big numbers.

What is your supplement routine? I am an avid believer in a couple of products that I find necessary daily: whey protein (in addition to regular protein, not in replace of), fish oil, magnesium, potassium, mushroom powder, collagen, BCAAs, and lots of water. 

What is your favorite exercise in gym or in competition?  It is a strong tie between squat and deadlift.

What's in your gym bag?  Gummy Bears, Sour Patch Kids, belt, squat shoes, Heyday shoes, chalk, extra deadlift socks, knee sleeves, elbow sleeves, bands, two types of knees wraps, nose sniff (my nickname for ammonia/Nose Tork), extra rubber bands, ibuprofen, extra singlet, baby wipes, Germ X©, and hand Bible.

What do you like to do outside of the gym? I don’t really have time for much of anything except spending time with family: aka, attending my children’s sports activities. I have a son who plays college football and two daughters who run cross country and track, and play basketball year around. My youngest daughter also powerlifts with me. If I have any extra time, I love church, reading, and attending concerts.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is your biggest gym pet peeve? I have a couple: I absolutely don’t understand people that aren’t kind, supportive, and helpful to fellow gym goers. I am always amazed at the lack of manners/respect that some people have for the gym, gym owners, and other members by failing to re-rack weights, pick up after themselves, having good etiquette in general.

Do you have any heroes/mentors in the sport? 

Powerlifting:

Honestly, I look up to all women that are willing to put themselves out there in powerlifting; a sport that was once considered a “man’s sport”. But if I’m getting specific, I really admire Stacy Burr because she has a great story of triumph and is always “real”. I also appreciate Stefi Cohen cause she can put up some mean weight for her size. And as far as mentors go, I have greatly appreciated David Shirley and his family. They have been a joy and blessing to get to know. They are a huge part of why I have grown to love this sport with such passion.

 

Bodybuilding:

Gina Davis - my trainer with GForce Training. She’s a force to be reckoned with. She’s a one stop shop: programming, nutrition, posing, training, protocol, makeup, dial-in, etc.

Iron Maidens:
Although I may be considered the IM powerlifting coach, I find that I learn so much about life and perspective from these ladies. I have grown to love them like sisters. We have an unbreakable bond. There’s something special and powerful about a group of women willing to nonchalantly straighten crowns and continually “lift” one another up. And that, to me, is the real definition of a heroine.

 

What are your goals for the future?  I want to make it big in the powerlifting world, not just as a lifter but as a coach and mentor. I want to motivate women and young girls; teaching them that it is so much fun and so empowering to be strong. I have the only all-female powerlifting team in Oklahoma and I currently have six members - all in different age categories. I’d like to have at least one female in all age divisions. I am working to get certified to be a SPF judge. I want to be internationally highly ranked in my age division (the Open would be even better) by the end of 2019. I want to be in the Cage at the Arnold next year.

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