McMaster makes impressive first impression in powerlifting

Over the Thanksgiving break Julia McMaster was working out at the Golden Ape Cross-Fit Club in Decatur, Alabama.

While there, another gym member approached her.

“He said he had seen me working out and asked if I might be interested in joining their local powerlifting team. They planned to enter a tournament in Decatur that was scheduled over the first weekend of December.”

McMaster talked with her parents, Robert and Vickie, about the meet.

Although she had never competed in a Power lifting meet, she decided to give it a try. Florida high schools only compete in the bench press and clean-and jerk.

Powerlifting includes many of the elements used in high school. The events for power lifting are the bench press, deadlift and squat. It is an Olympic sport and is also performed at the college level.

McMaster thought it might be fun to try. The McMaster family, along with about 10 teammates from Navarre’s girls weightlifting team, packed up their cars and made the 260-mile trip to Decatur for the Dec. 1 meet.

Read the full article in the Jan. 17 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at for as little as $38 per year.

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