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I can lift almost twice my weight
SHE’S only 5ft 6in, but can lift almost twice her own body weight.
Meet Megan Batchelor – one of the strongest women in the south of England.
And now the 24-year-old from Bitterne Park, who trains for six hours a week alongside her career as a personal trainer, is ready to compete at a southern counties qualifier in Bournemouth in November.
If she does well in that contest she will be able to compete in the 2014 British Drug Free Powerlifting Association national competition.
Powerlifting competitions are broken down into three lifts, which are added together.
And Megan is currently able to deadlift 125kg, bench press 80kg and squat 97.5kg – giving her a total weight of 302.5kg.
That’s more than 47 stone.
With the support of her husband Mark, who she married last year, she began her tough training regime in the hope to inspire other women.
She also wanted to show them the results that can be achieved through the sport and prove that women who improve their strength by weightlifting can still look and feel feminine.
Megan works as a personal trainer and started her own business, MGB Fitness, in January.
But her life doesn’t just revolve around the gym.
When she’s not training, Megan sings with her band Madison Heights and performs at weddings, parties and anniversaries across the south.
She originally had her sights set on a career in musical theatre.
Megan said: “I didn’t like how competitive that was, so I decided just to pursue it as a hobby.
“Then when I dropped performing arts, I thought I would take up personal training, as that’s something else I enjoy doing.
“A few of my clients are quite inspired, and that’s why I did it. They often ask how my training is going.
“I put my clients out of their comfort zone, and that was something I wanted to do to myself as well.
“I’m quite predisposed to being able to get stronger. It’s also very good at keeping your body fat down and keeping you slimmer.
“A lot of women don’t realise how good it is for them, so I wanted to use myself as a guinea pig to help inspire them.
“It helps women appreciate that you can do this but not end up looking like a bodybuilder.
“We simply don’t have enough testosterone to gain muscle quickly. It doesn’t happen by accident, you don’t wake up one morning and look like The Hulk. Women with a lot of muscle have put a lot of work into it. Testosterone builds muscle and we just don’t have the sorts of levels it takes.”
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