Dietitian Approved Crew- Megan Piccardi

Name: Megan Piccardi

Current home location (where you live): Brisbane

Profession/Educational background: Lawyer

Sport of choice: Power lifting & sometimes runner

How many years have your been training for: I have been training for just over 2 1/2 years.

What got you into it? For running, I was never really a runner and decided one day that I wanted to push myself and do a fun run. My first fun run was City 2 South in Brisbane and I loved it! If you are a runner, you will understand that running & fun runs are addictive so I kept looking for fun runs to enter which lead me to the Vienna City Half Marathon & Disneyland Half Marathon. I love running overseas as it is a great way to see the sights and it keeps you accountable while you are overseas.

I got into power lifting as I had just started strength training and I really enjoyed it. I changed gyms and felt a little insecure in the weights area so I got in touch with Alesha Pimm from Building Elite to help me gain some confidence lifting weights. It is here that I learnt what power lifting was and I fell in love with the sport. I have now competed in 4 novice competitions. I love the competition day environment, everyone is so supportive and they just want to see you do well. 

What’s your favourite training session? deadlifts with a conditioning circuit to finish. 

Events for 2018: Pretty & Powerful in October - 3 lift all female novice competition

Looking ahead to 2019 and beyond, what are your bigger goals for your sporting career: Although my training has been focused on power lifting lately I still love (sometimes hate) running and I would love to run a full marathon one day. For power lifting I would love to be able to compete at a national level one day. 

What’s your biggest achievement in your sport so far: 120kg deadlift

Do you have a saying or motto you live your life by? The body will achieve what the mind believes. 

What are one or two things you do in your day to day training life that you feel are keys to your success? I train every morning even if I don't feel motivated to. 

Three things you can’t live without?

1. My husband 

2. My puppy, Winnie

3. Beyoncé 

Favourite food: Ice cream 

Favourite post-training meal or snack? Protein oats with berries or a smoothie....... yum! 

What’s the number 1 (or 2) thing you’ve learnt about sports nutrition for performance in your sport?

1. Spreading protein throughout the day is important to promote muscle recovery. 

2. It is important to eat within 30 mins from training to optimise recovery & helps me feel fuller throughout the day. 

Great Southern Run Half Marathon