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      2006 APF Seniors - 1st Full Meet Back Since Her Reconstructive Knee Surgery 1 Year Ago:

      SQ: 501 (EZ, and no suit)

      BP: 407 (miss 446); All-Time WR @ 148

      DL: 451 (reds on completed 473 for a hitch)

      1360 Total at her 1st meet back from knee surgery.

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      wow. very impressive for 148lbs, thats for sure.
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      KH- Kara Bohigian is one of the strongest women ever to grace our great
      sport. Not only is she one of the strongest women ever, she could put
      any male gym enthusiast to shame. I'm honored she has given me the
      opportunity to interview her. So, without further adieu, let's get to
      the issues.



      KH- Before we hit the really big issues, why don't you tell our
      readers a bit about yourself?


      KB- I was born and raised in New York and moved down south to attend
      Georgia Tech where I earned my degree in Industrial and Systems
      Engineering. During college I met weightlifting coach John Coffee who
      trained me to compete nationally in Olympic lifting for 5 years before
      I began powerlifting. I'm engaged to Ryan Kennelly who is pretty good
      at bench pressing. I have a miniature dachshund named Stella who is
      the most clever and mischievous wiener dog in the world!


      KH- As one of the most formidable forces in female powerlifting, you
      must have a nice collection of records. Care to give use a brief list
      on the history you've left throughout your powerlifting career thus
      far?


      KB- Most recently I broke the all-time 165 pound bench record by
      hitting 431, 435, 446 and 451 at a body weight of 154. I also broke
      the 148 record with 402. I held the squat record of 553 and total
      record of 1422 at 148 for a number of years. My deadlift has been
      stuck at 501 since 2002.



      KH- To get as strong as you are, I'm guessing you found "what works
      for you". Do you use a well known training style, or did you make it
      up yourself? Do you mind shedding some light on how you train to get
      those lifts so high? Reading through your journal, it says you train
      in many different shirts per workout. Why is this?


      KB- My training is radically different than any well known styles. I've
      fused together what I feel are the most valuable exercises from
      various strength sports, schools of thought, and eras in lifting. I'm
      constantly learning and revising my programs. For squat and deadlift
      I do predominantly Olympic lifting training with added technical days
      to adapt to the powerlifting equipment. My bench press training is
      even more unorthodox. My main strength exercise is the strict
      standing overhead press. I also do a lot of high volume wide grip raw
      benching. My equipped training is almost exclusively full range reps
      with chains.

      Thanks to Vincent Dizenzo sharing the wisdom of Sebastian Burns and
      Bill Crawford, I no longer wear multiple bench shirts. I have just
      one perfect shirt and I have learned to use it well. Training
      consistently in the same shirt has been one of the most instrumental
      factors in my recent bench PRs.



      KH- In a sport consisting of more men then women, was it difficult
      getting started? I know there had to be at least a few guys getting
      really jealous as your bench overtook theirs. I'm sorry, but you knew
      questions like this were inevitable right? Haha

      KB- I began competing in gymnastics and track and field at a young
      age so I'm very comfortable in an athletic environment. I started
      bench pressing to increase my shot put when I was 15 and clearly
      remember being the only girl on the team who loved lifting. I've been
      very lucky that all the guys I've been around have thought it was cool
      that I like to lift heavy and have been extremely encouraging.


      KH- Can you give us a sample of a day-to-day diet?

      KB- My nutrition varies greatly depending on my goals. I really enjoy
      manipulating my diet. I've competed everywhere from 127 to 183. When
      I'm trying to make a very low weight class or cut up for a photo
      shoot, etc. I respond extremely well to high protein, high fat, low
      carbohydrates. To plump up I go very high carbohydrate and slowly
      increase my gluttony level until I'm at a satisfactory level of fast
      food, ice cream and snack cakes. Though it's fun to indulge I always
      feel much better, stronger, and have more energy when I eat fairly
      clean and balanced along these lines:

      Meal 1 - Zone or Balance Bar
      Meal 2 - Brown Rice and Vital Choice Alaskan sockeye salmon or albacore
      tuna
      Meal 3 - Muscle Milk Shake
      Meal 4 - Ground Bison with a whole avocado and french fries...just
      being honest!
      Meal 5 - Ice cream or similar indulgence...more honesty
      Meal 6 - Chicken, Turkey or Beef with broccoli
      Meal 7 - Cashews, almonds, or pistachios with cheese
      Meal 8 - Vital Choice strawberries, raspberries and blueberries



      KH- Every interview consists of a question asked by our readers.

      UK_machine asks; What's most important in your life, lifting, work,
      family any other hobbies?

      KB- Work is mandatory so I try to make it as interesting and engaging as
      possible. But my family and my lifting are the two things I treasure
      the most in my life. My sister is a tall, sleek diva who weighs about
      2 pounds and can make you laugh 'till tears run down your face. My
      father is extremely muscular, vascular and strong...a true mesomorph.
      He was an incredible track and field athlete, football player, and
      coach so he really understands my training and contributes ideas. I'm
      so fortunate that my parents genuinely enjoy and support my lifting.
      Many female lifters have told me that their parents are disgusted
      with their muscularity and cringe at the thought of them wanting to
      lift heavy. I always knew my parents didn't feel that way, but my
      recent visit to New York really showed me just how much. We had a 60
      person party for my Dad's birthday with family, friends, and
      colleagues...a classy, white collar crowd. And then there's me. 2
      weeks out from nationals, 5'2" weighing close to 160 pounds...most of
      which seems to be located in my triceps. You'd think that my super
      adorable skinny blond mom (who's perfect, beautiful, and looks about
      my age) would want to lock me in the basement or at least make me wear
      long sleeves, but she insisted I wear a t-shirt and showed my arms off
      to all her guests as if the near 16" of flesh covered in bench shirt
      scars was just divine! I'd think she would be revolted but instead
      she taps my arm and says "look at that...no flab!" Lol. And wouldn't
      you know it...by the time she was done introducing me to everyone and
      telling them about my lifting they all thought my muscles were "cute"
      and she had them sold on how everyone needs to do weight bearing
      exercise to prevent osteoporosis!

      Beside going off on long, random tangents (see above) my other hobbies
      include reading vintage lifting magazines, assembling
      and playing with computers and gadgets, fashion, shopping, sewing,
      cooking, text
      messaging (more of an addiction than a hobby) and long walks with
      Stella.


      KH- You had surgery on you ACL recently. Can you tell our readers a
      little about this? How/why it happened, rehab, and maybe some tips on
      how to prevent something like this from occurring (if that's
      possible).


      KB- I don't like to tell the story because it was a catastrophe that
      never should have occurred and could have so easily been avoided. But
      I do have a tip on preventing it (and other injuries) from happening
      to you...make sure your spotters are paying attention. However had
      the knee injury not occurred I would have never been forced to focus
      on just my bench and may never have hit 400, no less 451. At least
      that dark cloud came with one hell of a silver lining!


      KH- What does the future hold for Kara Bohigian? Gonna take Gene's
      record? I think that might be the one thing that could take him to raw
      lifting haha.


      KB- I hope my future holds 1/2 of Gene's record and that I can make it
      look as rock solid as he did. Like Gene's 1005, I want to creep up on
      a 500+ bench slow, steady and injury free. I won't even attempt it
      until I've nailed 473, 485, etc. which is far easier said than done.
      My current goal is to repeat my 451 at 148 (triple body weight) in a
      full meet.

      My wish list also includes deadlifting anything over the 501 I've been
      stuck at since 2002 however I realize this means I might actually have
      to train the lift. Come to think of it I haven't exceeded my 553
      squat since 2003...wow I have work to do! Most of all I'd like to get
      my knee rehabbed to 100%


      KH- Any last words? People you want to thank, products you want to
      push, last minute advice, anything?


      KB- Glad you asked because I really need to thank Brandon at Inzer
      Advance Designs. He made the Rage X fit my body so perfectly that it
      doesn't even look like I'm wearing a bench shirt to average viewers.

      I'm not usually a product pusher but there are a few that are so
      beneficial that I must share:

      Vital Choice - this company offers the most delicious fresh and canned
      wild Alaskan sockeye salmon, white albacore tuna and other fish,
      salmon oil supplements as well as organic berries, dark chocolate, and
      many other products. I eat their fish and take their supplements
      daily and have noticed a dramatic difference in my joints, skin, hair,
      and overall health. And being able to carry a nutritious high protein
      meal anywhere with no cooking involved is invaluable when you're busy,
      traveling or just want something that tastes great fast!

      The Anabolic Fitness Store - Talk about cutting edge products! I
      haven't even tried half of what they offer but what I have used has
      been downright fierce. Sesapure is a very unique non-stimulatory fat
      loss aid that also helps with cholesterol levels among other health
      benefits. Throw in their Thermorexin and I lose fat while eating ice
      cream...see why I love this company? Glucorell R is another fat loss
      gem and quite effective for carb loading after you make weight at a
      contest.

      At Large Nutrition - I very strongly recommend ETS from At Large.
      I've been absolutely blown away by the results of this product. I
      began taking it in hopes of increasing my knee rehabilitation
      frequency and it far surpassed any of my expectations. I keep
      increasing my training volume, duration, and intensity without a
      single sign of overtraining which has always plagued me in the past.
      I also managed to do 4 bench meets (one push/pull) in 28 days hitting
      8 PRs, 6 all-time records, and 10 benches over 400. I just never got
      tired!

      House of Pain - Every time I think their clothes are the coolest ever
      they out do themselves! Their new women's line is totally hot,
      sporty, chic, and flattering. I live in HOP gear!

      I'd like to thank my parents for having me and giving me strong
      lifter genetics and leverages. John Inzer and Peter Thorne for the
      very best equipment with the very best service. My Olympic
      weightlifting coach John Coffee for spawning my lifting career and
      supporting me whether the weights go over-head or not. Ryan Kennelly
      for thinking I can lift anything and being ecstatic when I do. Jon
      Grove, Mike Lanier, Steve Goggins, Jay Rhyne, Carol-Ann and Bobby
      Meyers, Ben Garner and all the rest of my training partners at NGBB.
      Eric Adolph for being a great friend and my virtual training partner.
      And thank you Keenan for the opportunity to do this interview

      My last word and best advice is to enjoy every minute of your
      lifting...good or bad. Cherish your strength and physical ability.
      10, 20, 30 years from now you'd give anything to be the age you are
      today.


      KH- Thank you so much for your time. I think I speak for all our
      readers when I say I hope you have a quick and successful recovery,
      and can look forward to seeing you go very far in this sport! Thank
      you!

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      ^^^
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      damn

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      damn, she's ffffffffiiiiineeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee~!!!!!!!!!!!!
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      She could kick my ass anyday.

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