Weightlifter and Strongman
Relatively new to both Weightlifting and Strongman, Steph is already making waves after being selected for the Australian team only 6 months competing in Olympic Weightlifting, and unofficially breaking several Australian Strongman records (Axle Clean and Press and Log Clean and Press) in her first months of competing.
Healthy living and food and fitness as medicine epitomises what Steph is all about. Aside from being a strength athlete, she is a health coach and is studying to become a Naturopath.
By pushing the boundaries of what her body can naturally do, through hard work and perseverance, Steph aims to inspire young women to pursue their passions and break the conventional stereotypes of fitness and body image.
Sports: Weightlifting, Strongman, Crossfit
Favourite Food: For day-to-day easy and functional, I cant go past the seeded bread with avocado. When I want something fancier, the pizza base topped with kangaroo, roast veg and chevre. YUM!
- Australian Weightlifting Team – Oceanic Titles 2017
- Australian Weightlifting National Championships – Bronze, 63kg Class
- Axle Clean & Press Open Record (unofficial)
- 2017 Oceania Weightlifting Championships
We recently caught up with Steph to ask her a few questions….
How did you get into Competitive Lifting?
Initially, I started working with a lifting coach to improve my snatch for Crossfit. After being stripped back to an empty bar for a few months to learn correct technique, I fell in love with lifting – the challenge and precision required for every lift really got to me. For the first 6 months, it was just an accessory to Crossfit, something that I really enjoyed but it wasn’t until I did my first competition for fun in December 2016 that I fell in love with the competitive side.
There is nothing more rewarding than walking on to platform, knowing you have 6 chances to showcase your hard work. It is an incredibly surreal few moments where your mind goes blank, the crowd goes quiet and you attempt your lift. It is a brutal sport – months of hard work for less then 6 seconds of effort. I love that there is no second chances, no do-overs. You have to be on-point on the day, mentally as well as physically.
What have you found to be the most valuable piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Control what you can control. There is a finite amount of detail that we have the ability to manipulate with training – our coaches, our programs, our sleep, recovery and nutrition. These factors play a huge part in our performance, and we have the ability to improve or derail our own progress by managing them correctly.
Similarly, there are so many factors we cannot control. Life factors, the tournament environment, the judges. You definitely cannot control your competition, so there is absolutely no point giving any energy in worrying what they are doing.
Most importantly though, our attitude and the way we respond to changing scenarios, the way we approach each rep of each session and the way we look at ourselves as athletes is within our control. The mental side of training more than anything determines the level of success we will have as well as the level of enjoyment we take from the routine of training. If you can control your mind, you can control your future.
What’s next on the cards for Steph Davies?
In August, a training camp to the AIS, in September, Oceanic Titles in Gold Coast for Weightlifting, which hopefully will qualify me to the Commonwealth Games selection tournament in December. I have a few Strongman exhibitions, one at the Royal Adelaide Show and a couple of charity events for Variety and the Cancer Council.