CAMBRIDGE, Md. - Destany Lausen is working out with her brother Jared in the crowded weight room at the YMCA in Dorchester County.
"I've never been very fast, or agile," she says, but one thing Destany Lausen is...she's strong.
The 17 year old Cambridge-South Dorchester High School senior only started powerlifting about a year ago. It started after she suffered a herniated disk in her back from playing lacrosse.
Thinking back on that time, Destany's mom, Renee says "it was horrible, she would sit around in tears, couldn't do anything without pain."
To lift her spirits, and build back up her strength, Destany decided to try something different, throwing shot put on the track and field team. That's where she was first introduced to the world of powerlifting.
"My coach, to train for throwing, started lifting, and we just lift in his backyard. Once I started, I was hooked," says Lausen.
Taking lifting to the next level, from just training for track...on January 25th, Destany competed in her first powerlifting event, 100% Raw Powerlifting
Federation's Potomac Open meet in Virginia. There, she set a national record in the 16 to 17 year old girl's division, deadlifting 325 pounds more than double her body weight.
Destany may spend a couple of hours a week in the gym, often with her older brother Jared, but don't call her a meathead. Eighth in her class of about 200, Destany is an honor student, taking three AP classes this year, her favorite?
"One of them's AP Bio, which I want to pursue in college," says Destany, who hopes to become a doctor after graduating Salisbury University, where she plans to attend college in the fall.
They may not seem to go hand in hand, but Destany hopes lifting will help her reach that goal, "I think lifting makes me stubborn, like, if there's something I know I can get, I'm going to try best to get it."
And she hopes that message resonates for anyone afraid to just try something new, saying "I think you should just do whatever you're good at, and you know...do your best."
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