35 Years Old

Kitt, Ohio

Raw Full Meet Lifter

















I was introduced into power lifting / weight training in the spring of 2014

by my husband.   It was really something I had never been interested in up until that point.   I had never worked out or been an athlete in high school.   I remember going into the gym the first day and doing some weights on bench press that he said was “abnormal for a woman lol”.   From that point on I began to see success pretty quickly on my lifts.


In May of 2015, I entered a USPA bench press only competition and set an Ohio record in my weight class.   I was hooked from then on.


Outside of lifting, I have been married to my husband Shawn for 9 years and have 3 children that keep us very busy with sports.   I train out of the YMCA in Huntington, WV and my team consist of just me and my husband (Team Simpkins). 


Thanks to Gary and Marisa for giving me the opportunity to be their featured athlete.   If you have never been to one of their meets, your missing out.   I have never had a bad experience.


2017 Strong Box Pro/Am - BEST LIFTER

2017 Battle of the Great Lakes - BEST LIFTER

2017 1st Annual Mid Summer Classic - BEST LIFTER

2018 Ohio-Indiana border wars - BEST LIFTER

2019 3rd Annual Mid Summer Classic BEST LIFTER


Uspa State Records in Ohio for all 3 lifts and totals

in 82.5g, 90kg and 90+kg weight classes as well as 90kg+ submasters. 


Ranked #6 All time 82.5kg for all feds Raw

Ranked #12 All time 90kg for all feds Raw

Ranked#9 All time 90kg for all feds Raw


Best meet lifts to date 

Squat-451.9 lbs

Bench-292.1 lbs

Deadlift-490.5 lbs





Align yourself with a Coach /Team that will keep it real and shoot you straight.   

Hearing what you “need to hear” in training and in competitions will set you up

for success.  Hearing what “you want to hear” will leave you disappointed. 

"When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe,


© 2023 by Gary "BIG K" Kanaga.