AT: What’s your best event and personal record?
KW: My best event is my dead lift. I deadlift 253.5 pounds, squat over 180 pounds and bench press 110 pounds.

AT: Are you ever concerned about hurting yourself?
KW: I have arthritis and I have to pay attention to it, but my body is strong. If I have any doubts about something, I go to my physician and say, “Hey, can I do this?” I talk to him about my fitness goals – I want to be able to squat 200 pounds and deadlift 300 pounds. I have the ability to do that, but you have to live smart. First, you have to have a good trainer. Secondly, you have to stretch, ice and be in touch with your body. If something is not feeling right you have to be able to step back and say, ‘This is not right.’ And you have to build up strength step by step. I [can] squat 180 pounds because I’ve spent years building up to it.

AT: What would you say to others with arthritis who want to try weight lifting?
KW: After you’ve had a good physical and talked to your doctor, find a trainer who knows what he or she is doing and doesn’t push you to the point of pain. As you become more physically fit, you may be able to do a lot of things that you didn’t think you could do. And know that it will build confidence.

AT: What’s next for you?
KW: March 22 is my birthday and I’ll be training for the Single Event World Championships in France in June. I made world records last year, so I’m really excited about getting out there and trying to do it again. It’s part of the World Drug Free Power Lifting Federation and about 30 countries will be competing. I’ll be representing the U.S. team.


Kate’s Weekly Fitness Routine

• 2 hours of cardio in 30- to 40-minute workouts – walking hills, elliptical machine, treadmill or stationary bike

• teaches 6 yoga classes

• 3 hours of weight training with coaches – bench presses, squats, deadlifts, abs and back exercises

• 3 hours of weight training on her own