June Athlete Blog: Tracey Lambrechs


It’s been roughly 10 months since I competed last at the most memorable competition of my life, the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games where I placed third in a very competitive field.

Even now while training, especially when it gets tough, I drift back to THAT moment and remember that the pain I’m feeling now was all worth it. Everyone thinks the life of an athlete is glamorous; it can be, but most of the time its hard work and painful. Healthy pain, most the time!

At the moment I’m working on my international comeback after wrist surgery in September 2014. I have competed once already, at the Auckland Champs, and that is where I qualified for the North Island Champs at the end of May and won the event with a total of 232kg and qualified for the World Champs in Houston, USA.

My next international competition will be the Oceania Championship and Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea. This will be a rematch between me and the girls I defeated in Glasgow so should be good fun.

As I build up for these competitions my current training schedule is a little different as I am finishing my post-graduate study at AUT. My week mainly consists of roughly 6 training sessions which will increase at the end of this month once I have finished university.

North Island Chams Women’s 75kg & 75+kg athletes!

I tend to have 3-week cycles: 2 heavy weeks (high volume) followed by one light week (low volume). The third week aims to aid in recovery, the weights are still heavy, I just have to lift them less.  I squat every session but mix it up between front squats and back squats. The rest of my training involves the classic weightlifting lifts and their movements broken down.

WlThe least favourite but most crucial part of my training includes core, cardio and rehab! I try to practice what I preach to my clients, who I train in the AUT Millennium Gym, so I feel your pain, but I also know that it’s possible to do.

One part of my training that I’m notorious for is my recovery naps. I started them a few years ago in 2009 when I was training in Finland and have continued with this habit ever since. I aim to get no less than 30minutes and no more than an hour on days when I have training, especially on Fridays when I tend to have my heaviest trainings, I highly recommend them but understand they are not for everyone.