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 TOMMY
a. Where are you from?
Bergen County, New Jersey
b. Instagram name
@tommyjohnson93 because I’m full of originality
c. What motivates you to train?
My motivation to train is more of an obsession to keep getting better at my sport, which is powerlifting.
d. What’s your greatest success in lifting?
I’d say my greatest success in lifting is actually all the people I’ve met and friends I’ve made through the sport. Meeting people in the gym with the same goal and people at completions. It’s such a friendly community and it helped me come out of my shell for sure.
e. What music do you listen to when training?
I listen to everything from metal to funk to Kpop. I grew up listening to my parents’ records and I was in a few bands as well.
f. Who is your weightlifting inspiration?
My weightlifting inspiration has to be my father. He didn’t lift weights but he’s a strong dude. He faced a lot of internal struggles, cancer and more recently heart issues. But kept pushing through for me and my family. He’s the most hard-working dedicated person I know and I try to bring that into every workout.
g. Do you have any shout outs or people you’d like to thank?
I’d like to shout out all of my friends that I train with and see on a regular basis! The USAPL for creating an amazing federation for us to compete at the highest level. And my loved ones for supporting me through this journey!