Columbus home to ‘World’s Strongest Woman’ title holder

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What makes someone strong? Just ask Brooke Sousa, she is the new title holder for the World’s Strongest Woman. She won the title in her weight division at the July competition in Norway.

The Westerville resident just got home this week.

“I feel amazing, I don’t feel like I did anything!” Sousa said. She beat out 21 other pro-strong women many of whom she had lost to before. “I was against some of my competitors that had beat me multiple times in the past.”

Athletes competed at six events over three days.

“You are tested on all areas of strength, Sousa said. Athletes faced off in the truck pull, yolk, overhead press, power stairs, extreme atlas stones, and the Hercules hold.

“I went 33 seconds with 285 pounds a hand,” Sousa added of the Hercules hold, “I didn’t train for that one, I guess next time, I should train!”

Powerlifting is somewhat new for the Westerville Mom, she started competing just four years ago.

“I ran a marathon in 2013 and I was like, what do I do next?” Sousa said.

Now she is a personal trainer at Ludus Magnus gym in downtown Columbus, helping others reach their fitness goals while pushing herself further into competition.

“Until all the weight in the gym is lifted at one time, my goal is never going to end, there is always more to improve,” Sousa said.

While she is thrilled for her win, there is no resting for Sousa, she is already training for America’s Strongest Woman competition in September. With this win, Sousa also qualifies for the 2019 Arnold Classic, something the Columbus born athlete is especially excited for.

“You just wait until you are out there on the field, and see how it all pays off,” Sousa said. 

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