A worker for a local McDonald’s was competing to be crowned the strongest woman in the world after bulking up with all the food from her job.
Maria Krzesinska, 41 years old, will jet off to the USA next month to compete in the Official Strongman Games. She is considered Britain’s strongest woman over 40.
Starting powerlifting a few years ago was an exciting hobby for the mum-of-three. She became addicted to it.
Maria says that it’s easier to maintain her diet with this in mind. She would study the menu and find foods with high protein and low carbs, including Chicken Selects, Big Tasty burgers, and McFlurrys.
As a champion in the Masters category (aged 40 and over), she has previously been awarded victory at the World Heavy Events Association World Championship last year.
Maria is an avid weightlifter and she’s hoping to finally be crowned the world’s strongest person by competing in the Official Strongman Games that happen every year in Daytona, Florida.
During the four-day event, she’ll have to lift and carry sandbags as well as haul frames weighing 100kilograms and a VW Beetle weighing 267.5 kilograms.
Maria, who works at the Worcester Road McDonald’s in Kidderminster, said: “The competition this year will be a lot tougher. Everyone is back after Covid and there’s meant to be double the number of competitors in my category compared to 2021.
“I finished 16th last year, so the dream would be to first make the top 10 and then see where that takes me.
“That would means you get an automatic invite back to compete next year, so you don’t have to requalify.
“The last two years I have had to qualify. You can’t just enter the competition. I qualified in July as I placed in the top three.
“There’s an axle deadlift, which for my category weighs 172.5kg, and you have to lift it as many times as you can in a minute.
“Here are some running workouts you might want to try. First, a Farmer’s Walk. This is where you carry two frames, but change hand placement every 15 minutes for a total of four runs, at 80kg (4 x 10m) in each hand.”
“On the second day, there’s the sandbag to shoulder, which starts at 60kg and goes all the way up to just over 100kg. The final event is a Viking press of 75kg.
“The third day is the final day where the top 10 competitors compete. On this day, we must tackle the famous atlas stone lift.
“We also have to lift and carry a hollowed-out VW Beetle weighing 267.5kg so it’s quite a challenge.
“I love the buzz of the sport and the feeling it is making me stronger.
“I’ve suffered with depression and came out of an abusive relationship, and it helped me find me again and rebuild myself.
“It’s helped me feel more capable in other parts of my life.”
Professional athletes like Maria train four days a week for between one to three hours to keep in shape for competitions and working at over 20 hours a week at McDonald’s. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it!
She completed a 1.3 tonne Renault Clio with almost all of his weight on her back.
The 2022 Official World Strongman Competition will be held between November 11-13 at Daytona Beach, Florida.
Maria will have to raise the money for her own flights and accommodations, but that’s something she’s used to.
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