Erika Scyphers

All my life I’ve been a competitive person when it has come to sports. Having grown up with multiple bothers, oops… I mean brothers, I have had the desire to challenge them and push the boundaries of what they or I thought I could do. In high school my parents, who were military, moved to Fallon, Nevada…let me tell you, this town is so big I challenge you to find it on a map. It’s in this “major metropolis,” I was drawn to Olympic style weightlifting after coming across a strength and conditioning coach, who believed this could help me with other sports I was already playing. At that time it was a mostly male dominated sport which of course appealed to the side of me that says “why couldn’t I do that?” I quickly showed some proficiency in the movements of the sport and even went on to compete at the Junior Olympics in New Orleans back in 1997. After high school, life took me in different directions and there really wasn’t anywhere to continue with weightlifting in the northern Nevada area. In 2013, I fell into a CrossFit gym that had started a small weightlifting club, and it reignited that same old passion I had enjoyed as a younger athlete. Over the past 5 years, I have taken two championships in 2018 as a 35-40 year athlete at Masters Nationals in Buffalo, New York and at Masters Worlds in Barcelona, Spain. As an athlete, I find it amazing what can be accomplished if you practice good fundamentals and breakdown the self-imposed barriers that we tend to put in our way. My love of the sport has naturally evolved into coaching. I especially like coaching kids, including my own daughter who has competed in the past three Youth Nationals. Of those competitions, our girls team brought home the Youth Women’s Team Championship award in 2018. Teaching kids weightlifting instills confidence and self-esteem and empowers them to achieve things they never thought possible. Seeing a child beam with excitement every time they pick up a barbell, and accomplish a goal is the reward.