Weight Lifting, Weight Training, Bench Press & Bodybuilding
June 4, 2023
Interview With Powerlifter Amanda Harris
Interviewed by Ben Tatar for CriticalBench.com - Dec 06

Teenage Powerliftng Sensation Amanda Harris

Amanda Harris's 2006 Powerlifting Accomplishments:

1. APF State Champion (best Lifter)
2. AAPF National Champion
3. APF Sr. National Champion (youngest winner ever of this meet)
4. WPC World Champion
5. WPC World Bench Press Champion (best lifter)
6. WPA World Bench Press Champion (best lifter)
7. AAU International Push-Pull Champion
8. AAU World Champion
9. USPF State Champion (best lifter)
10. IPA Teen World Champion (best lifter)
11. IPA Women's World Champion (best Lifter, youngest winner ever of this meet)
12 WABDL National Champion
13. APA National Champion
14 guest lifer of the 2006 Arnold Sports Festival the WPO!!
15. Possible WABDL World Champion on November 18th.

There were 10 other smaller meets not listed.

Amanda has already won 6 World Championships this year making her the first athlete in the sport of powerlifting male or female of any age to accomplish this feat. The WABDL Worlds will make number 7.

Although Amanda has accomplished more in one year than most powerlifting world champions have achieved in a lifetime she still has her entire career ahead of her.

In fact I could very well be talking to a future LEGEND and one of the most prestigious athlete and powerlifters that this world has ever seen! So without any further ado, I bring to you the Michael Jordan of powerlifting and perhaps the World's most famous model-athlete ever, AMANDA HARRIS.

1 Q;) Critical Bench: Amanda, welcome to Critical Bench! It's an honor to talk to you today. Amanda, were you always strong? At what point during your life did you first realize that you were super strong and what got you into powerlifting?

Amanda Harris and Gary Frank A ; I was not always Strong,but was always very active and competitive. I have an older bother, Beau, Who was a power-lifter. I used to watch Beau and our Dad lift weights in our garage gym. When they were competing I was at every meet and dreamed of being able to compete. I know if Beau could win meets so could I. My Dad and mom never spanked us but we did do push-ups or leg lifts as punishment. The punishment turned to competition. Beau and I would always try to out do each other. Now I realize how this contributed to building my strength. For my 8th birthday my wish was to get my own bar and to start lifting. My Dad gave me a Jr. bar, it weighed 15lbs. I don't ever think about myself being "super strong". I've always believed in myself. I guess I am stronger than most girls my age or boys because I have always exercised even when I was very young.

2 Q;) Critical Bench: (Attention parents and big brothers around the world reading this interview make your kids and younger siblings perform push ups while discipling them!) That's great advice! Anyways, Amanda how does it feel to not only be the strongest female in the world for your age but not have anyone on your tail? Some top athletes feel alone at the top! Do you feel lonely at the top? Do you feel amazed being at the top? What is it like being at the top?

A; When I go to a meet I enjoy meeting the other competitors. I'm not lonely because I have met many great people in this sport. I go to the meet to beat the records, I look at the #'s. A lot of the time I'm just looking to beat my records that I have set for myself. It is all very exciting. I don't just compete with my age group anymore I also compete with the open class women and usually win that too. I have even won two of the biggest women's shows this year with the APF Sr. Nationals and the IPA World Championships

3 Q;) Critical Bench: Amanda you are light years beyond the rest of the powerlifting competition for your age. Give us your squat routine, Bench press routine, and deadlift routine.

A; Well this year training for meets has been tough. I have competed 25 times this year so I have been using the meets as my training. Under normal conditions I use the CAT method of training using lighter weights in the beginning of a cycle like 50% of my I-RM for 6-9 sets w/ 3reps and at the end of my cycle I train up to 80- 90% of my l rep max for 6-9 sets of single reps. After each training session I do static holds of 100-125% of my I rep max. I train each lift the same way I squat on Monday bench of Tuesday and dead-lift every other Thursday. I also see a chiropractor twice a week too, this helps keep my back straight.

4 Q;) Critical Bench: Very useful information! I think we can benefit from your advice. Amanda, tell us about your experiences at the Arnold in Ohio? What was it like? What were the highlights for you?

Amanda Harris Squatting A; The Arnold classic in Ohio was exciting. It was one of the biggest experiences of my life. When you are up there lifting on stage in front of over 5,000 people that are chanting your name you feel like a rock star. Some of the highlights were meeting lifters from all over the world and a lot of the older lifters I have respected and admired. The biggest highlight was meeting Mr. Jim Lorimer, who invited me and has already invited me back for next year and having my picture taken with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Even now I get recognized from being at the Arnold.

5 Q;) Critical Bench: Oh I know it! You already are a household name to pro powerlifting champions, top notch fitness models and other women. You are 15 years young and you are loaded with fans! What's next for you? What are your future goals?

A; To continue with power-lifting. My biggest goal is to be as known in sports modeling as I am in power-lifting. I want to get the word out to inspire boys and girls my age that anything they put their mind at they can accomplish as I have in my power-lifting.

Barbie Barbell 6 Q;) Critical Bench: What do you enjoy doing during your free time?

A; I enjoy hanging out with my friends either at the mall or the movies. I like having sleepovers and just being plain crazy with my girl friends. I love to dance too.

7 Q;) Critical Bench: Amanda, what is your advice for other females who might be interested in getting involved in fitness training and powerlifting?

A; My advice is to have good coach or at least someone knowledgeable in fitness, training you. Don't be scared to lift weights. Girls would be very pleased to see how they look and feel after weight training. It is a myth that lifting weights makes you big. It is important to have confidence and believe in yourself.

8 Q;) Critical Bench: Exactly. What would you like to tell your fans who love you so much?

A; I tell everyone that In life we are not born winners or losers. We are born choosers. I have chosen to be a winner. What will you choose? I would thank everyone for their support and faith in me.

9 Q;) Critical Bench: Good advice. However, people need to learn how to love powerlifting first. Tell me what exactly is it about powerlifting that you love so much?

A; I love power-lifting because of the way it has made me look and feel physically. Power-lifting has given me more confidence to excel in other things I want to do in life. I like that I still look feminine but strong. I am also very competitive and I love to win at everything I do. Power-lifting gives me satisfaction of knowing I am one of the best.

10 Q;) Critical Bench: Amanda you are the best and best wishes to you being the best as you continue your journey through powerlifting, modeling and life. In closing is there anyone who you would like to thank?

A; I thank my parents for being there and being supportive and especially my Dad for being my coach. Big thanks to John Inzer ( Inzer Advanced Designs) and Dr. Ed Group (Global Healing Center), my 2 biggest sponsors. I am grateful for all my friends and fans that always send their love. In closing I thank you for giving me the opportunity to do this interview.

Critical Bench: It has been an honor stepping into the mind of one of the most athletic and impressive female athletes in the world. Amanda's interview can inspire us all to be as strong as we can be.

Barbie Barbell - Amanda Harris


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