Staff and members from Strength Lab 1.0 who competed at the 2nd A/BPU qualifier we hosted in July '21.
Bodybuilding, to powerlifting, to ABPU Team GB Powerlifter.
AWPC World Championship 2018: 2nd [Open <100kg Classic]
AWPC World Championship 2019: 1st [Open <100kg Classic]
Video from A/BPU British Championship 2021
Stretching, mobility and handstand instructor. Calisthenics and acroyoga specialist AND competitive powerlifter.
A/BPU British Championship 2021: 2nd [Open <60kg Classic]*
*whilst 12 weeks pregnant with her 2nd child!
After coming to powerlifting from OCR and Strongman, Mark has achieved a lot in his first 2 years in powerlifting!
A/BPU British Championship 2021: 1st [M5 <100kg Raw]
AWPC European Championship 2021: 1st [M5 <100kg Raw]
AWPC Powerlifting World Cup 2021: 1st [M5 <100kg Raw]
A/BPU British Championship 2022: 1st [M5 <100kg Raw]
AWPC World Championship 2022: 2nd [M5 <100kg Raw]
AWPC Single Lift World Championship 2022: 1st [M5 <100kg Raw]
September 2020... gyms had just re-opened. Lots of people were still unsure how they felt being around other people after months at home and gyms across the country were still adapting to new Covid-19 protocols put in place by the government and UK Active. In the midst of these uncertain times, Strength Lab hosted the first post lock-down, federation affiliated, open, powerlifting competition in the UK.
A no-show at weigh-in lead to the president of the A/BPU offering Sylwia a last minute opportunity to compete. At Strength Lab we always try to lead by example. So she borrowed a singlet and some knee sleeves (never having put knee sleeves on before) and went for it.
Sylwia had only squatted on a mono lift once before. She'd never lifted to commands before. She had no preparation of any kind! She had also given birth to her first child just 11 weeks prior AND suffered a ruptured appendix a week after that!
So, 9 weeks to the day after being on a respirator, in a medically induced coma post appendectomy, she stepped on to a platform for the first time - loved it, smashed it and qualified for the ABPU British Championships 2021. Despite having to breast feed between deadlift attempts! 😮🤣
If you're looking for motivation postpartum - look no further!