Photos by Georgia Blackie.
As soon as we heard Jac Dircks was training in power lifting, we had to know more. We love hearing about women bucking the trend in traditionally male-dominated arenas. We got her in some ALAS activewear and hit the gym for a chat...
ALAS: What got you into power lifting?
Jac: I was introduced to power lifting last year when a friend of a friend was competing, and she thought it would be something I would enjoy as I was already involved in strength training. Competitions are very electric experiences, with a room full of people all yelling encouragement to one person who is giving their all and lifting as much as they can.
I went to a few more comps and loved the power of it all, and knew I wanted to be involved.
What do you love most about it?
As a woman, lifting is incredibly satisfying and empowering, and it definitely bucks the trend when we think about what a woman should look like and how they should act.
I am constantly impressed with the amount of support and encouragement that is shared across a very diverse group of people. It's pretty great when someone you've never met before fist bumps you when you nail a big lift.
What challenges do have to overcome to reach you goals and continue to strive?
Lifting is an individual challenge for me, and I train four days a week with a specific program of lifts to reach the physical goals.
However, a bigger challenge is the mental drive of being a woman in a traditionally masculine environment, and being proud of my strength after growing up in a society that told me being small is best.
I still have my days of insecurity, however picking up 100kg is a pretty cool way to defeat this.