Zoe Trombley

Zoe Trombley is a passionate, strong and inspiring young lifter.  She has defined powerlifting goals, which she is pursuing with gusto.  Zoe is a pleasure to watch on the platform, her energy is infectious and we hope she goes from strength to strength…to the national platform.

Are you a Michigander?


Where did you grow up?

Detroit, MI

How did you get into powerlifting and how old were you?

I got into powerlifting as rehab for a broken foot, my now husband introduced me to powerlifting at 22 years old.

How long have you been an active powerlifter?

I have been an active powerlifter with a coach and since June of 2016

What is your personal best squat, bench and deadlift?

330lbs raw, 350lbs with wraps, 165lbs, and 402lbs, these are my last meet maxes, I haven’t tested since but I know they will be higher for sure.

Do you hold records?

State deadlift and total record for 63kg weight class open.

What is your favorite lift and why?

Deadlift, because it’s the last in the meet and it is also my strongest lift, it has saved me in many meets.

How many hours a week do you train?

Between 12-15 because I talk to much at the gym

Do you train with a partner?

Yes, I am fortunate enough to train with amazing groups of people out of both gyms I work out in.

Where do you train?

Rochester Performance Gym and Royal Oak Gym

Do you follow a specific training method/regime?

Whatever my coach Ben Pauli tells me which is a combination of conjugate and pushing it to the limit.

Do you do other sports besides powerlifting?

None, I have absolutely no coordination

Do you follow a specific diet?

See food and eat it, but I have several serious food allergies and intolerances. Including but not limited to celiac disease (gluten free), nut allergy, chocolate allergy, and dairy intolerance. So within in those I have to eat pretty clean do to those.

What is your opinion on cardio?

If you see me running then you should probably run too, because there is either free food or zombies, but I’ll do it if I have too.

Have you been to nationals?

Qualified many times but I have not attended, I will go when I can qualify to lift in primetime.

What is your greatest powerlifting achievement so far, in your opinion?

Totaling 898 with a 453 WILKS at a 132.7lbs.

What do you find the most challenging/difficult in your training?

Getting out of my head and moving the weight no matter how I feel about it.

How soon before a meet, do you begin preparing?

I am always training and preparing for a meet in some way or form, whether it’s off season or peaking. I have my meets planned out for the next 2 years.

How do you choose an opening attempt weight?

I have an idea of what I would like to open at but ultimately it is up to what my coach Ben Pauli says.

What are your powerlifting goals?

Short term, total 1000lbs raw by the end of the year in the 63kg weight class

Long term, deadlift 600lbs and/or be an all-time world record holder

What tips do you have for first time lifters?

Read the manual and ask questions. Knowledge is power.