Rachel grew up in the small, small town of Arco, Idaho. She took up running in college and ran her first marathon in 2007, but when she developed stress fractures in her feet from the high-impact exercise, she decided to switch sports and try bodybuilding.
Rachel began competing in bodybuilding in 2009 and 2010 in the lightweight division. After training for several years, she began getting frustrated. She felt like her body was just not cooperating and it was keeping her from truly enjoying the sport.
In 2011 Rachel was invited by a coworker to try strongman at a gym in Nampa, Idaho. She had no idea what to expect, but decided to tag along. They trained log and power stairs the first day and she was hooked immediately. Strongman (woman) definitely set a fire in her, igniting a new passion.
She competed in her first contest in 2012, broke a national record for the max log clean and press in 2013, competed at nationals through Strongman Corporation for three years, and competing in the Arnold Amateur Strongman World Championships in 2014, 2015, and 2016.
In 2016, she made the finals at the Arnold and qualified as a pro in women’s lightweight division. Rachel recently competed at The Strongest Woman in the World competition held at the Olympia in September 2017, and will be competing at Worlds Strongest Woman in North Carolina in December – this will be the biggest contest offered for women in strongman to date.
Rachel is somewhat of an outlier in strongman – being 4’11 and 125 lbs certainly makes some of the events a challenge, but that’s exactly why she loves the sport. This endless challenge only motivates her to get stronger and faster, so she encourages other women to strive for something they love, even if they don’t quite fit the mold.
Q. WHEN DID YOU START WORKING OUT?
A. I started running in college (2003), then started body building in 2008, then switched to strongman in 2011.
Q. HOW DID YOU GET INTERESTED IN COMPETING?
A. After competing in bodybuilding in 2009 and 2010, my body was just not cooperating and I fell into a rut. A coworker asked me to come and try strongman on a Saturday. I had no idea what to expect. I trained log and powerstairs the first day and I was hooked.
Q. WHAT DO YOU DO FOR A LIVING?
A. Regulatory Compliance
Q. WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE EXERCISES?
A. Log press, atlas stones, front squats, and reverse hyper.
Q. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BODY PART?
Q. WHAT WAS THE FIRST EQUIPMENT YOU TRAINED ON?
A.Treadmill lol – I started circuit style lifting at first.
Q. WHEN DID YOU REALIZE COMPETING WAS YOUR PASSION?
A. After competing for my first strongmen contest in 2012.
Q. WHAT DO YOU DO TO PREPARE FOR A SHOW?
A. I will work technique and efficiency, depending on the event. However, my training will still focus on power movements and building strength as much as possible.
Q. HOW DO YOU TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE OFFSEASON?
A. Recover!!! I like balance – hiking, swimming, running, dancing, etc. The offseason provides flexibility with my training schedule so I can enjoy a number of activities. I also try to work on conditioning and higher volume training to build muscle.
Q. WHO IS YOUR INSPIRATION IN THIS SPORT?
A. I frequently get messages for general advice from girls that are of lighter weight or shorter and they mention that my success in the sport has given them inspiration. These women inspire me as I am empowered by women who try something new and realize that they are much stronger than they thought. I also co-promote a strongman contest. Seeing people compete for the first time, seeing others get fired up about the sport and sharing the same passion is extremely inspiring to me.
Q. HOW HAS COMPETING ENHANCED YOUR LIFE AND HOW DO YOU/WILL YOU USE IT TO IMPROVE THE LIFE OF OTHERS?
A. I have met the most amazing people through strongman. Strongman is a community of people that are passionate about helping others and devoted to making a difference, big or small.
Q. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO OTHERS THAT WANT TO BREAK INTO COMPETING?
A. DO A CONTEST – Sign up for a contest and get exposure. Competing is the best way to learn and build connections!
Q. WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHERS INTERESTED IN GETTING INVOLVED WITH A BRAND LIKE EVOGEN?
A. Connect with a brand that you truly believe in and support. It should be easy to stand behind a brand that you share values with and believe in who they are as a brand.
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Since I’m a strongman competitor, I never cut weight for a contest like other sports competitors do, so my diet stays fairly consistent on and off season or out of contest.
Birthdate: June 26, 1985
Weight: 126 pounds
Hometown: Arco, Idaho
Current residence: Eagle, Idaho
Career highlights: Held the max log record until recently for the light weight women’s division through Strongman Corporation. Placed 4th in 2015 at the Arnold – competing on the stage was a huge goal for her when she started strongman. Placing 4th qualified her to compete as a Pro, which has added its own challenges as the weights continue to increase. She received an invite to Worlds Strongest Woman in December 2017.