estiny Snider is our latest featured athlete! Destiny is a 14-year old weightlifter from St. Louis, Missouri who currently competes in the 44 kg weight class. Destiny won the championship title in the 44-kg weight class (14-15 age group) at USA Weightlifting’s 2018 Youth Nationals in Grand Rapids, Michigan in June 2018.
When did you get started in this sport? Who got you started?
I got started in weightlifting at Lift for Life Gym. Coach Jimmy saw me playing basketball one day and asked me if I wanted to start weightlifting. I worked out with him a couple times, and I fell in love with it!
What do you enjoy most about weightlifting?
Weightlifting is great because you can test how strong you are everyday. I also have met so many great people through weightlifting. Most of my best friends are weightlifters. My sister (NeNe) is on the team as well. I know people from all over the country because of weightlifting. I have meet many of the clients at the Lab Gym, where we train. There are tons of people there that congratulate me on my accomplishments while I’m walking though the gym.
What does your current training routine look like (hours per day, days per week, where you train, who you train with)?
I train at the Lab Gym 2 hours a day, on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
What one or two things do you currently do in your training that has been impactful?
We have always pushed squats really hard, but recently, we added dead lifts. That has really helped. Also, before the Junior Nationals, I was only training one hour on Tuesday and Thursday. Since I qualified as an alternate to the Youth Pan Ams, Jimmy told me it was time to get more training in per week. So we added two hours during the week.
What are your proudest weightlifting achievements?
My proudest moment in weightlifting is setting an American Record in the Snatch at Youth Nationals last year.
What is your diet like?
My diet is normal. I drink a lot more water now.
Who do you look up to in the sport? Why?
Jerome Smith is a good role model for me. He is good to talk to, and he is there for me when I need anything or feel down or if I’m having a bad day of training.
What qualities do great coaches possess?
The best quality from a coach is motivation. When its time to get real, they help me get real!
What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
The best advice I have ever received is, “Don’t think too hard.” Sometimes I put too much pressure on myself to be successful and I make simple mistakes.
What characteristics do you strive for–on and off the platform?
When I’m on the platform, I am ready to kick some butt and pass people up to make it to my dream. Off the platform, I try not to take things too serious, especially if they are not serious things.
When you have random free time, how do you spend it?
When I have free time, I like to spend it with my friends, both gaming and at gatherings. I find it very important to maintain a good social life.
If you could master anything (besides weightlifting), what would it be?
I love playing basketball at Lift for Life Gym. If I could master anything else besides weightlifting, it would be basketball.
What have you learned from weightlifting that helps you in other parts of your life?
Weightlifting has taught me that things do not always go right in life, but you have to get up and start over. You don’t always have a team that can help you or someone looking out for you. Sometimes you got to do it yourself!
What are your weightlifting goals?
My goal is to continue to make International Teams. I want to stay in the sport and hopefully make the Olympics one day in both Weightlifting and Basketball.