Professor UNM Precious Hard In The Weight Room »Albuquerque Journal
Precious Andrew has a special and unique look, like something out of a comic book.
He’s a superhero in the form of a powerlifter. Tattoos on her arms, legs, feet and near her waist. Her hairstyle game is on point, as her sister is a stylist who gives her a bang that stands out.
When it comes to lifting weights, she is among the best in the country.
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His alter ego? Andrew is professor of mathematics at the University of New Mexico.
Don’t be fooled by his first name. She has a precious smile, but she’s as tough as them when it comes to lifting weights.
Still, she’s not the type to scream or growl loudly trying to reach a new max.
“I like to have fun,” said Andrew, 35, an assistant professor at the UNM branch in Valencia. “I take powerlifting seriously to a degree, enough that I’ve obviously grown really strong. But I also like to socialize and have a good time with.
Andrew is 5 feet 4 inches and 150 pounds. Her deadlift is nearly three times her weight, as she hit her personal best 430 pounds last month at the U.S. National Powerlifting Championships in Daytona Beach, Fla. It was there that she finished 11th in women. She posted New Mexico state records in each of her three elevators, including 353 pounds in squat and 209 pounds for her bench press, for a total of 992 pounds.
“It was awesome,” Andrew said of his experience at the national championships. “It was really cool because it was such a professional event, with all the fancy lighting and all the announcers and it was televised. Going up there with some of the strongest women in the country, that was really cool. It was really motivating to see some of the strongest women. A lot of the athletes were really friendly.
Andrew, who is on Instagram as adventures_of_a_unicorn__, took it up a notch at the USA Powerlifting event at Albuquerque Barbell on Saturday, when she put in her best ever performance.
She set state records in the squat (369 pounds), bench (226 pounds) and deadlift (435 pounds), with the best personal readings in each totaling 1,030 pounds.
Andrew said the event at Albuquerque Barbell was fun as it included local weightlifters and others who competed for the first time.
Andrew, who grew up in Albuquerque and was homeschooled in high school, fondly remembers her days as a beginner. Very early on, as a student at UNM, she learned that she had to persevere and experience a powerlifting competition.
She took part in her first competition in 2017, when she finished second.
“I just loved lifting and ended up being so strong that everyone was like ‘you gotta go meet up’,” said Andrew. “I was like, ‘I don’t know’ then I went to try it and fell in love with it.”
Andrew said she enjoys powerlifting and training very much, calling it her favorite part of the day.
“It’s not a job,” she said. “I don’t make any money with this. It’s for the glory. For the most part, I do it because I love it. I’m strong enough to take it a little seriously. To get to that level, you have to do it. “
Mike Lynam, Andrew’s friend who is a former student of his, said Andrew has a good balance when it comes to his training program and when it comes to riding it. ‘up a notch and “get out of it”.
Lynam said Andrew motivates and inspires him to improve as a powerlifter. Lynam, who was Andrew’s student assistant, has known Andrew for seven years.
“Pound for pound, she’s way stronger than me,” said Lynam, who is a chemistry teacher at Amy Biehl Charter School. “I have been lifting seriously for four years.
My lifts might be stronger numerically, but in terms of bodyweight and bodyweight-to-strength ratio, she’s much stronger. I see that and I’m just like ‘shit.’ Or I see an article (on social media) about his squat and I’m like “Dude, I have to turn it on”. I need to get stronger.