As owner of no less than 25 world records in powerlifting, Stefi Cohen is at the top of her field, so it makes sense that she wants to train with the best. In her latest YouTube video, Cohen and her partner, powerlifter Hayden Bowe, spend a gym session with the US Army Warrior Fitness Team.
The Warrior Fitness Team, founded in 2018, was established to demonstrate the strength and functional fitness of American soldiers in a competitive environment.
Bowe initially goes too hard on cardio and reaches a pace that is unsustainable for the rest of the training. "Beginner's mistakes," says Cohen. "I go up and down like a pro.
After Cohen and Bowe join them for sets on their bikes, rowing machines, and kettlebell swings, the team makes the most of a world-class powerlifter and asks Cohen to put some in place She coaches the team through the squat and sumo deadlift and offers advice that they can use in their training. "We won't be difficult," she says. "The most important part of sumo deadlift is the first centimeter above the ground. If you understand that correctly, you are more likely to get the lift as long as you don't have a weak spot above. "
The session ends with Captain Brian Harris hitting a new PR on the sumo deadlift at £ 500 while Passerby joins in and adds more plates to the bar until he raises a new PR of £ 837, a full £ 77 above his previous maximum.
"For me personally, I had a completely different idea of how soldiers in the US Army looked and were almost intimidated. I found them to be completely unapproachable," says Cohen. "It's great to just sit down and talk and realizing that they are just like you. They are great. "