Crystal Trace is one strong woman. She lifts heavy weights. Very heavy weights.
Crystal competes in powerlifting. Although new to the sport – “I competed in my first novice comp in July 2015 and arrived on the powerlifting scene with a 385 kg total. I got noticed. And I was bitten by the powerlifting bug. It was a beautiful moment.” – she’s put up some big numbers.
At a weight of 165 pounds, she boasts a 441-lbs squat; a 221-lbs bench and a 424-lbs deadlift. In training, she’s put up even bigger numbers and is ready to break her personal bests.
“I have a competition on 16 March, 2018. I’m confident I will crack a 500 kg plus (1,102 pounds) total.”
Were you athletic growing up?
Not really. I played a few sports, tennis, netball, I enjoyed athletics. But I wasn’t really that good at it.
How did you get started lifting weights and training?
From the age of 16 I was in the gym. I didn’t have a clue what I was doing, but as I’d struggled with my weight since I was about 12 years old, I knew that moving my body was a key to making changes. I wasn’t consistent and I never really got anywhere with it.
When I was 26, I met my now husband. He went to the gym every day at 6 AM. I started going with him.
I spent the first 6 months on the treadmill. Then I got a trainer and started doing boxing. Eventually I started training with weights.
I cried during all of my initial sessions. I hated it. I felt like it wasn’t doing anything because I didn’t sweat that much. I’m not sure when I started enjoying it – I guess I noticed my body changing and I started asking about the girls I saw in the gym that were getting ready to compete.
I asked my trainer often if I could enter a show. He never answered the question. After about three years of training, I asked again. This time he answered and he said I was ready!
You started in figure and moved to powerlifting. When did you make the change and what prompted your decision?
My last figure competition was in September 2014. The day after the show I turned 30. It was in that moment that I decided that I wasn’t going to spend the rest of my life worrying about and being judged on my physique. I promptly set some strength goals around the three big lifts (squat, bench, deadlift).
Where do you live?
Adelaide, South Australia
What is your profession/job?
Personal trainer. I used to work for the State Government, but training is my passion and it made sense to start my own training business.
What drives you to keep pushing forward, training and going to the gym?
Initially I loved the feeling of getting stronger, then I loved that I was able to inspire other women to get stronger and lift weights. For the last year, I’ve had my sights on achieving a 500 kg total. And I still love inspiring and encouraging other women to lift heavy things!
What is the personal appeal to you of being a strong, muscular woman?
“I just love being strong and I love chicks with muscle. In my opinion, strong and musclely is the new black! And it’s never going out of fashion!”
Do you have a story you can share about how people react to you?
Gosh, so many stories. Guys are really funny – they often can’t understand how a woman can be stronger than them. Some feel intimidated, threatened. Others love it. Sometimes I train in a commercial gym setting – you see the guys (and the girls) watching you. Put 20 kg plates on the bench press and most guys will rush over to your aid thinking you are going to drop it on yourself!
What three words best describe you?
Determined, dedicated, consistent.
I’m sure you get noticed in public because of your physique. What’s an unusual incident you’ve experienced?
Most recently I was at a commercial gym that my friend works at. One of the male trainers commented to her that he wouldn’t know how to be with a woman like me in the bedroom because I’m so strong. It was an odd comment. It made me laugh!
Three things you can’t live without?
- Lip balm
- A good pillow
What’s one thing you really like doing that other people would be surprised to find out?
I recently started collecting crystals (I call them rocks). I really love learning about the different healing powers of crystals and how to harness them to achieve transformation, harmony and balance in my life.
If you could be a A) WWE Diva; B) UFC cage fighter; C) UFC ring girl; what would you choose and why?
UFC Cage Fighter – those chicks are total badasses!
Anything else we should know about you or that you would like to add?
For anyone thinking about getting in shape or getting stronger, find a good coach, work with them, do the work, trust the process and only listen to one person at a time. You will only confuse yourself by trying to take advice from multiple people.
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Crystal Trace By The Numbers
Competition Squat: 200 kg
Competition Bench: 100 kg
Competition Deadlift: 192.5 kg
Most recent training lifts:
Squat: 202.5 kg
Bench: 100 kg
Deadlift: 195 kg
Weight as figure competitor: 132 lbs.
Weight as powerlifter: 165 lbs weight class (I prefer this strong, muscular, feminine physique.)