Powerlifter and Fitness Model: The Zoe Lee Baker Interview
If you’re looking for an example of self-reinvention, take time to learn about Zoe Lee Baker. Zoe began her fitness career as a model and physique competitor, but a couple of years ago, she made the leap to powerlifting. With all of her talent, you might wonder which is her true passion, but after talking with Zoe, we quickly discovered she’s passionate about everything she does.
You walk the line between physique competitor and strongwoman. How did you make the crossover? It all happened 2.5 years ago, my husband’s friend from work invited us to come train with him and his friends who all competed in powerlifting. He thought we would enjoy training with him as we were already into weightlifting. So we decided to give it a go. It helped that the gym they were training at had one month’s free trial, so we had a month to work out if this type of training was for us. We fell in love with the new found strength we were getting through this type of training. We changed gyms so we could keep training with them.
Are your family and friends supportive of your sport/lifestyle, or have you had to go it alone? My husband has been by my side thought it all, and he coaches me. He is very supportive and is always trying to improve my lifting, so I can be the best I can be. I improved so much this year from training at home with him while he was always keeping an eye on me.
My family is very proud with what I have achieved, and they’re always amazed at how far I have come and how I routinely achieve new goals.
I’ve made many new friends through powerlifting who are all amazing and very supportive of each other, but they all live far away from me. I also have my dear friend Bec who started training with me at the start of the year. She is great to train with and doesn’t get upset with how far apart our strength levels are. She looks at breaking her own PB’s which she regularly does.
You also work as a fitness model. Some say posing in front of the camera is harder than performing onstage (or on the platform)! What’s most rewarding about modelling? Nothing is harder than competing—it is so physically draining, but I also love getting dressed up to look pretty and relax and doing something not in the gym or on the platform. I really enjoy discovering new looks that can be created.
What’s the biggest misconception people have about you? People think I’m tougher than what I am. I’m really a just big softly.
You’ve accomplished so much—what’s next on your list of what you hope to achieve? It really is never ending. I did accomplish so much last year, but competition is never ending. There are so many really strong girls out there who I feel will give me a run for my money in November this year at ProRAW. My goal for this event try finish in the top 3.
If you weren’t able to train as a strength athlete, what would you be doing? I’d probably just be doing Fitness Model Events instead, as that’s is where I started. I love to train and be under the bar no matter what I compete in.
In one word, tell us what motivates you…Hunger
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