Lifter of the Week - Gina Garechana
This feature aims to highlight and acknowledge outstanding individuals who never stop pushing in pursuing their fitness goals. It is a tribute to all weightlifters, athletes and fitness enthusiasts who share the same struggles and obstacles, conquering fears and most of all celebrating victories. We are all in this together.
Q & A with GINA
a. Where are you from?
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c. What motivates you to train?
Beating the girl in the mirror. I started competing six years ago and just a month ago, in my 10th show, I finally earned my pro status in women’s physique in the drug tested Musclemania organization. So now I just want to be better than I was yesterday.
At 43 years old, it’s never too late to start. I did my first show at 38 and feel like I’m just getting started. I have a passion to inspire and motivate women over 40 to take control of their health and fitness in this phase of our life.
d. What’s your greatest success in lifting?
The first time i got a 135# bench was pretty cool, but honestly every day I am there is a success and helps me get closer to my goals.
e. What music do you listen to when training?
My music would give you whiplash. I listen to everything from country to 90s alternative to heavy metal to rap. It’s just whatever happens to match my mood and my lift.
f. Who is your weightlifting inspiration?
I would say Ashley Horner has been a huge inspiration to me over the years. Just watching how she balances motherhood and being a complete boss.
g. Do you have any shout outs or people you’d like to thank?
My coach Ryan Baker and my super supportive family.