Mona Smith on discovering powerlifting in later life (and winning a Commonwealth medal!)

Join me as I chat to Mona Smith, who overcame years of chronic back pain when she discovered powerlifting at the age of 50 - despite not being a 'gym person'. Not only did she start competing, but in the space of two years had managed to win her first Commonwealth medal. It was really heartening, and perhaps a little surprising for me at least, to hear about how inclusive and welcoming the powerlifting community has been for her. We also discuss the positive impact her strength training has had on her overall health, including menopause symptoms, and the need for women in midlife to think seriously about adding an element of strength training to help prevent conditions such as osteoporosis in later life. If you want to hear more about the impact of strength training in midlife/menopause, go back and find my interview with personal trainer Amanda Thebe, talking about her book 'Menopocalypse'...   Don't forget to follow us over on Instagram or find out more/join our newsletter at     Please subscribe, rate, and review us on Apple Podcasts to share the love!

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Hi, I’m Emma Thomas and I started the Middling Along podcast as a companion to my blog: Often, we find as women hitting a ‘certain point’ in life, that we are so used to people-pleasing, and making sure that everyone else is OK, and their needs are met, that we have lost touch with what we want, what we need, who we are… I started the Middling Along blog with the aim of reclaiming my own ‘midlife’ and finding my happy. I wanted a way to celebrate stories of women just like you and I, finding out what really brings them joy, and doing more of it. Join me as we speak to a wide range of different women about their unique stories.