#002 Susan Salazar: The Makings of a Bodybuilding Powerlifter

The Future Is Female Powerlifting
The Future Is Female Powerlifting
#002 Susan Salazar: The Makings of a Bodybuilding Powerlifter

Susan Salazar knows how to get jacked and strong. She has worked her way up to an IFBB Bodybuilding professional, competing in over 15 shows in the last 14 years. More notably, Susan was the first woman in 2017 to ever hold a 602 wilks in sleeves with an 1190.5 (540kg) total at 132lbs bodyweight. This was especially incredible since this was the highest raw (without wraps) wilks EVER among men or women. The previous highest wilks was held by Eric Lillibridge at 601.5 with a 2370 total at 308lbs bodyweight.

Susan has overcame the many disadvantages being a “small” bodybuilder. Year after year she worked hard towards chiseling a more competitive physique, only be told her legs were now “too big” and she needed to stop squating. You’ll learn how with the support of her best friend and her team, Mana Barbell, she decided to give the world of powerlifting a try.

In this episode Susan and I give you some tips on how patience & consistency is key. You’ll learn how following your heart is more important than what others say. Listen as we discuss:

  • Her recovery after shoulder surgery
  • When she plans on coming back to the platform
  • Short breakdown of bodybuilding judging and how it can be challenging
  • How she ended up in powerlifting
  • Heidi’s fan girl story of Susan and how it all began
  • How she stays in the game in her 40’s
  • Warm-up and training routine
  • What therapies she currently using for recovery
  • Susan shares “What the Hell Was I thinking”

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