She may only stand at a height of 4’11; however, Kristi Polizzano is making mountain sized moves.
To start, Kristi found a love of lifting heavy weights at a very young age. She’s competed at a few world championships for powerlifting, with her highest finish being 4th in the world as a junior competitor.
For reference, this 4’11 powerhouse has the personal bests of:
- Squat: 300 lbs
- Deadlift: 315 lbs
- Bench: 185 lbs
However, she has done something much more amazing than her competition total. Kristi just hosted the first sanctioned powerlifting meet in a prison… IN DECADES!
Kristi has found a passion in working in prison setting through her work with the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program. This program involves having college students study alongside incarcerated men and women. Check out the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program here: www.insideoutcenter.org
However, just being part of this program is not enough for Kristi. She wanted to take things a step further. After finding out that there was a powerlifting team at the prison where she works, Kristi’s curiosity took over. How could she combine her two passions into a meaningful vice for incarcerated athletes? Also, what is Kristi going to do next?
Listen to this episode of The Bomenclature Podcast to hear all about this amazing journey!
*Want to get involved? Have questions for Kristi? Want to donate to incarcerated athlete powerlifting memberships and meet expenses? Kristi can be reached at email@example.com
SCI Graterford Powerlifting Results:
Raw Open Total:
- John Brookins 723.5 kg
Raw Open Total Push Pull:
- Dave Francisco 199.6 kg
- John Brookins 492.2 kg
Raw Open Deadlift:
- John Brookins 326.6 kg
“H’s” Training Program:
Thanks to these great individuals for putting on this meet. More meet pictures coming soon!