Weightlifter Spotlight: Kat Ricker
4th in a series of weightlifter spotlights, to help our continually growing community, get to know one another outside of "What do you snatch and clean & jerk?". Hoping that these stories brings us closer together as a community of people who share a common obsession with the sport.
Today's spotlight shines down over McMinnville, Oregon on a long time lifter and national level referee Kat Ricker.
One of the first times I met Kat she was grunting and all annoyed that she had missed this one snatch. I was a bit taken aback as I thought "wow how passionate is this lady about her lifts?" Little did I know she was exactly that, a woman who is ferociously passionate about her training and for the sport as a whole.
Since then I've had the pleasure of traveling with her to 2015 Masters Nationals in Monrovia, CA where she competed as a 63kg lifter in the 45-50 age group and coincidently we celebrated our birthdays that year just one day apart. I watched her jump rope and spit to cut weight and can be found on occasion hanging from trees and rolling down sand dunes for fun. Seriously:-)
She is also one of the most giving people to the sport of weightlifting. She dedicates her time and money to referee throughout the state and is the ONLY national level referee in Oregon. For those of you who don't know what that means...it means that she's spent a lot of time studying the sport, the rules and doling out a lot of white and some red lights.
All in all, she's got a certain zest for life and the sport and I'm sure she wouldn't have it any other way. Ladies and gents, introducing Kat Ricker.
- How long have you been weightlifting? Ten years
- Your personal mantra? Records are for glory. Lifting is for life.
- How many days a week do you train? 4 - 5
- Who does all your programming? I do, though I’ve learned from some excellent coaches who have provided my programming over the years.
- Who do you train with? Portland Oregon Weightlifting (POW)
- How did you get started in weightlifting? I found it on the Internet a few years before it began to catch on more widely. There, I found my way to USAW mentor coach Jim Schmitz, who helped me lay my foundation.
- What are your best competition lifts or training lifts if you choose not to compete? SN 50, C&J 60, TL 110, all competition lifts.
- Do you compete and if so why? Not currently. I competed for six consistent and aggressive years. The pre-comp training developed my best performances; the recordkeeping through USAW motivated me, and I found broader benefit in the experience of living the competition circuit lifestyle – community, travel, adventure.
- What is your biggest accomplishment in weightlifting? Although I’m not an elite lifter, I am proud of a few things - competing in Masters Nationals as my 25th meet (placed fourth); becoming Oregon’s first national referee; competing up and down the West coast, and helping advance the sport for POW and Oregon.
- What would you say is most important to you in your success? Involvement with high quality people, and weightlifting seems to attract and develop them in droves. I am always mindful of the support that others have given me.
- What would you say is your biggest hurdle in weightlifting? I’m not built for this sport. But I enjoy it and find a lot of benefit from it, so I do it anyway.
- What would you say is your biggest asset in weightlifting? Mental work habits – I am consistent, organized, and keep pushing.
- What’s your favorite post workout recovery meal or snack? I’m more into pre work out fuel – and that’s French toast with real maple syrup.
- What’s your favorite jam to listen to when you train? Mask of Gas by Broken Note
- Tell us something that no one knows about you as a weightlifter? My “other sport” is boxing. I help officiate USA Boxing events, and I offer Boxing for Fitness classes in Newberg through my small business Bodydrive Fitness LLC.