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Dana ‘SweetDee’ Rygwelski – Powerlifting – Austin, TX

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What does your involvement in your sport mean to you? What made you fall in love with it?

I fell in love with strength sports because of Crossfit – which turned into an obsession with powerlifting. To me, the sport of powerlifting means always having somewhere to call home. Between work and life, I travel pretty often. No matter where I am, or which gym I walk into, the powerlifters I meet are always so friendly and welcoming when visiting their communities. I fell in love with powerlifting because it constantly pushes me to be better, to be more. Powerlifting forces me to exceed my own expectations every time I step up to the bar. It’s not always the weight on the bar, either. Powerlifting – especially my focus multiply powerlifting – is a craft. Something that is studied, learned and perfected over time. Training with those intentions makes a person rise up to the occasion – to step up to the bar and when other people are scare you step up to the bar and say, “watch me now!”

Out of all the product sponsorships out there, why is Primo the one for you?

I believe that Primo is a product for the more conscious athlete. It provides a cleaner, safer alternative to a strength sports necessity. Chalk is an everyday product for strength athletes – all of them. It’s awesome to know that there is a company in the market that is interested in created a cleaner, safer experience for strength athletes.

What is a surprising fact about yourself that we wouldn’t expect to hear?

You mean outside of being covered in tattoos, owning a pitbull and being able to squat 700lbs? In addition to all those awesome things, I am also obsessed with working with startups and helping entrepreneurs win. I advise several startups on business and marketing strategies, helping them identify their ideal customer and pin point the best campaign to inspire their customer to action.

Anything else we should know?

I was asked to start powerlifting as a favor by her best friend to help her get over her ex (those 20-something girls!). Little did I know, it would change my life. Now, six years later, I have earned pro totals as both a raw and multi ply lifter in the 181 weight class.

My best lifts are: (Raw) Squat: 402 | Bench: 209 | Deadlift: 391(Multi ply) Squat: 705 | Bench: 336 | Deadlift: 475 | Total: 1504.