Hand Armor Highlight: Kelly Lovan Physique Champion/ Powerlifter

Kelly is a dual threat athlete; as a Powerlifter she is the IA State Record Holder in Bench (181), Deadlift (330), and Squat (253) respectively in the 132lb weight class.  Kelly has also made a name for herself in Women’s Physique competitions, where she has earned FIVE first place finishes over the last four years including most recently at the 2016 NPC Duel of Champions (Omaha)!
When asked how Hand Armor Chalk has contributed to her success… “the true test was how Hand Armor would hold up during the hardest of deadlift pulls. I can say, never once has my grip slipped on a deadlift. In fact, never have I missed a pull because of a slip, only because of my lack of strength or technique…. Hand Armor's now become a huge confidence booster for me. I use it for deadlifts, bench presses and squats. Since I am a dual-athlete, I also use it for bodybuilding movements, such as pull-ups and upright rows, anytime I need a tight grip without using straps. “

I went back and did the same show and placed 1st.

How long have you been doing Physique Competition?

I have been competing in Women's Physique since 2012. My first physique show was at the LA Fit Expo for the NPC Ironman Naturally Magazine show, where I placed 2nd. In 2014, I went back and did the same show and placed 1st.

What accolades have you achieved?

2009 - 1st place Figure, NANBF Max Muscle Natural Nebraska (Omaha)
2011 - 1st place Figure and new IFPA Pro Figure winner, NANBF Southern States Classic (Kansas City)
2012 - 1st place Women's Physique Class A, NPC Battle of Champions (Omaha)
2012 - 15th place Women's Physique NPC Jr Nationals (Chicago)
2014 - 1st place & Overall Women's Physique, Ironman Naturally Magazine (LA Fit Expo)
2014 - 1st place & Overall Women's Physique, Memorial Day Muscle Beach International Championships (Venice Beach)
2014 - 1st place & Overall Women's Physique, Labor Day Muscle Beach Championships (Venice Beach)
2016 - 1st place & Overall Women's Physique, NPC Duel of Champions (Omaha)

2015 - USPA Powerlifting Nationals, Bronze in 132 weight class, IA State Record Holder in Bench, Deadlift, Squat. Also, Gold in Masters Class.
 

How long have you been power lifting?

Training since 2014. Competing since 2015.

What are some of your PRs?

On record I have the following records in the 132 wt class for IA from the 2015 USPA Nationals, but I have since surpassed these numbers in training.
Bench - 181
Deadlift - 330
Squat - 253

I’m a survivor of an auto-immune deficiency disease called, ITP

How has Hand Armor helped you with you training?

When I began powerlifting, we always used chalk powder, and I always found myself inhaling my own chalk and chalk dust from others'. Since I have breathing problems and allergies, I found that it irritated my breathing. Especially, when not everyone is as courteous with chalking up around others and how it might affect them; just like smoking. I would hide behind gym equipment when people who were notorious for spreading chalk dust for the fun of it, was chalking up. So, the lack of dust with Hand Armor was a huge plus!

I'm also a survivor of an auto-immune deficiency disease called, ITP. Though I've since beat my disease, I became acutely aware of bacteria and germs that would easily make me sick as I went through corticosteroid treatments and as I was going through recovery. Gyms carry a lot of germs and when I found out Hand Armor was antibacterial, I was excited to use it.

Then, the true test was how Hand Armor would hold up during the hardest of deadlift pulls. I can say, never once has my grip slipped on a deadlift. In fact, never have I missed a pull because of a slip, only because of my lack of strength or technique.

Given all three factors, Hand Armor's now become a huge confidence booster for me. I use it for deadlifts, bench presses and squats. Since I am a dual-athlete, I also use it for bodybuilding movements, such as pull-ups and upright rows, anytime I need a tight grip without using straps.

People have their secret lucky charms they carry with them for their major lifts. I always have my Hand Armor Liquid Chalk on me.

Why would you recommend Hand Armor over grip aids available?

It's not messy, you don't accidentally inhale it, you don't need to keep reapplying it, it's easy to transport, and it's antibacterial.

We want to thank Kelly for being a member of the Team Hand Armor! We are excited to see what she accomplishes next!