Heavy mettle win for Prue

Prue Houston is training for her next competition. Pic Marco De Luca

By Tate Papworth

Pulling trucks, heavy lifting and a multitude of Herculean feats are just part of a normal workout for Kealba strongwoman Prue Houston.

Prue decided to set herself a new challenge and switched to strongwoman training from CrossFit.

“I’ve always been into fitness and was doing CrossFit to keep active, but when I discovered strongwoman, I knew it would be something I’d love,” she said.

“I just wanted to change things up in my training so I decided to do a competition. I came third and it lit the fire.”

Prue set her sights on Ballarat’s Strongest Woman competition and began a six-week training block.

That work paid off when she delivered a first-place performance.

“I actually got personal bests in all my lifts,” she said. “I got 60 kilograms on the bench press, 125 kilograms on the deadlifts, an 80-kilogram clean press, 220-kilogram yolk, a 90-kilogram atlas stone carry and did the 10-metre truck pull in 23 seconds.”

It was enough for Prue to claim first place – now she’s aiming for higher honours.

“At the end of June, there’s qualifiers for nationals, back in Ballarat,” she said. “I’m aiming to qualify for nationals, which are up in Brisbane in July.”