Female power-lifter Charlie Shotton-Gale of SG Fitness will attempt to break three British power-lifting records this year, in order to promote both the sport and the Breaking Free Support Project, helping survivors of traumatic sexual abuse and rape.
Twice British champion, power-lifting record holder, Western European silver medallist, and former rugby player, Charlie describes herself as a very competitive person, who started power-lifting back in 2007 as a way of developing her fitness for the rugby pitch. Before too long she found herself lifting qualifying weights for the British Championships, which she went on to win in 2008.
Charlie is set to compete again in the European Championships in May, and in the World Championships in July, and will help raise up to £10,000 to keep the Breaking Free project afloat.
The current British records for squat, bench and deadlifts stand at 212kg, 132kg, and 200kg respectively, which Charlie needs to beat by at least half a kilo each to set new records.
Although she is currently training at only 75% of her build-up programme she sees no reason not to go for it: “At the moment I’m between 7 and 15 kg off each of my targets, but training is going well and I’m feeling pretty confident. The European championships in May will be a good indicator of how on track I am.”
And to show her commitment to the Breaking Free project Charlie has another idea up her sleeve: “If I fail to break any of these records I shall be shaving off all of my hair in aid of Breaking Free.”
Charlie has built up her fitness training business in conjunction with her power-lifting success, and tailors programmes for individuals who wish to get more out of their body and their sport. She said: “I enjoy helping people become stronger and incorporate this into a fitness lifestyle.”
To support Charlie’s effort call her on the numbers below
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