Update from Katie

February 21st, 2011  |  Published in Stumpblog  |  4 Comments

Reader Katie M is featured on our reader mail page here. She’s been busy recently. Here’s the email she just sent:

Hi Krista,

I want to give you a progress update on me. Years ago, you taught me to do a pull up. A real, big-girl pull up. I felt invincible, like I could take on the world. It was a major life changer because I was always the last girl to be picked for teams in PE class in school. I was an uncoordinated nerd.

So, in the natural progression of things, I began powerlifting. My last meet — yesterday — I got a 340-lb. squat, 175-lb. bench press and 300-lb. deadlift. I’m in the 132-lb. weight class (between 123 and 132 lbs.).

I just like to keep you in the loop since you started this insanity. Here’s the video:

The squat is ugly because the guy running the monolift (the contraction that holds the squat bar) wasn’t paying attention, but the lift was still good, so no harm. And I need to work on the rounded back on my deadlift. Still, not shabby for a nerd, I think.

Thank you for everything,


  1. Amy says:

    February 21st, 2011at 3:25 pm(#)

    The timing on this post couldn’t be better.

    I literally just got in the door from my first day of lifting using the beginner’s regimen under “No fat chicks.” I, too, aspire to do a pull-up – something I’ve never, ever, been able to accomplish (I’m 27).

    The advice and encouragement in this blog has done a lot to help me climb out of a very dark place in my life – and reading about the successes of my fellow “uncoordinated nerds” is a big part of that.

  2. Kristen says:

    February 22nd, 2011at 11:13 am(#)

    Awesome! And totally inspiring!

  3. Bob C. says:

    February 23rd, 2011at 5:02 pm(#)


    I just had to respond to this. Those are great lifts, period. Now get going on that double body-weight bench and triple body-weight squats and dead-lifts. You are awesome. Please don’t forget it. -BC

  4. kirsty says:

    March 3rd, 2011at 3:17 am(#)

    Awesome, Katie! You weigh what I do – but boy can you use it FAR better! Inspiring. I’ll never be a great bencher (long arms, shallow chest) but I do love me some deadlifts…

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