Pull For Pride Athlete Amelia Rosegrat: "Remember that everyone started with an empty bar."
Name: Amelia Rosegrant
Pull for Pride location: Washington, DC
Favorite song to listen to while training: "My Shot" from Hamilton, although honestly I mostly listen to audiobooks while I train
Favorite post-training meal: donuts, pizza, anything delicious and carb-filled
How do you identify? Tell us a little about yourself:
I'm a 30-year-old (yikes! freaked out turning 30 but my wife took me to Disney World so it was okay) Montessori teaching assistant from Northern Virginia. I grew up in the area but moved to Chicago to get my BA in Dance Studies. I've been back since 2010. When I'm not lifting I love crafting and reading, and doing events with Hogwarts Running Club and Chilton Running Club, which force me to do cardio and not hate it. I love all things Disney and Harry Potter, and my falls are spent at the Maryland Renaissance Festival on the weekends. I've been a proud Girls on the Run coach for 3 years, and I love seeing the growth in the girls over the course of the season. I'm lucky that GOTR allows me to wear their shirts at every powerlifting meet I've done to represent for strong girls!
What does Pull for Pride mean to you and what's motivating you to participate?
When did you begin barbell training and what inspired you to start?
What do you find fulfilling about training?
What do you find challenging?
What message or advice do you have for folks who might want to start strength training but aren't sure how or where to begin?
If you are trans and/or queer, do you have any words of encouragement or insights for other trans and queer folks for navigating gym environments and approaching training?
Do you have any advice or encouragements for cisgender and straight allies who want to help make the gym a more welcoming space for trans and queer folks?
Do you have a strength role model(s) in your life (this could be strength training or strength in other ways)?