The 52kg (120lbs), pocket powerhouse, who is British champion in three categories, was competing at the Raw Powerlifting League competition in February when she made the lift of her life.
She said: “I'd been striving for it and wanted it so bad.... and I got it! I cried my eyes out afterwards.”
And that's the thing with iron-pumping Emmy Louise, she constantly confounds expectations.
The 29-year-old Gravesend girl may only be 5ft in her bare feet, but don't let the diminutive stature fool you, when she hits the iron she turns on her beast mode.
Although she has been a gym-rat for six years she only turned to powerlifting a year ago and is already taking the sport by storm.
Her lifts include:
Bench: 70kg (154lbs)
Deadlift: 150kg (330lbs)
She said: “I like being able to do what others and the stereotype says I shouldn't.
“I found out I was naturally good and strong at the three powerlifting disciplines without formal training so then took it further with proper training and advice.
“I love breaking the mould - you don't have to be big to lift big!”
Emmy Louise is competing in the NEC Bodypower on May 17-19 then the European Championships in Portugal on June 02 then at the World Championships in Prague on October 26 in Prague.
We at realfemalebodybuilding.com wish Emmy Louise the very best of luck – but we have a feeling this petite powerhouse ain't going to need it!
Name: Emmy Louise
Job: I own my own gym, Bulks Gym in Gravesend as well as my own private education business, Tuition For You
From: Gravesend, Kent
Height: 5 ft
Weight: 52kg (120lbs)
Body type: Strength Athlete
DB shoulder press: no idea of max lol! Usually use 17.5kgs
Bicep curl: use pulley machine only for assistance work
Contests and results
What contest are you prepping for now?
NEC Bodypower May 17/18/19 then off to the European Championships in Portugal on 2nd June then the World Championships in Prague 26th October -2nd Nov in Prague
How's it going/where are you at!?
Busy year with lots of comps so not having a huge amount of prep time in between to build up to one rep max. NEC being used as a warm up for Europes then Ill be able to focus on the Worlds. Being very careful with diet at the moment and eating more like a bodybuilder than a Powerlifter so seeing how that affects everything will be interesting but feeling learner and meaner at the moment which is good!
How many years have you trained?
On and off for six years but only seriously as a powerlifter for the last year
I like being able to do what others and the stereotype says I shouldn't! I found out I was naturally good and strong at the three powerlifting disciplines without formal training so then took it further with proper training and advice.
How and why did you start ?
Started back when an ex boyfriend left me for another woman ( someone we worked with) It hit me hard after six years together and I struggled to cope. Couldn't eat, couldn't sleep and lost two stone over about five weeks. My brother suggested I started going to his weights gym with him and they could build me up, I'd have something to focus on and meet new people. So I did and the rest is history – I even went on to open my own power and strength gym!
What is your dream?
To become World champion!
What is your short term goal right now?
I want to get European deadlift record when I go in June.
Have you competed?
I am already British champion in 52, 56 and 60kg categories
What keeps you motivated?
I strive to be the best in everything I do; it's just the way I am and what has helped me get to where I am now, in both my training and my businesses
What do you love most about powerlifting?
I love breaking the mould - you don't have to be big to lift big!
And what do you hate the most?
Focusing just on the three disciplines; I love strongman and wish I could event train like I used to. I love axle clean and press and log press but too greater risk of injury so can't go heavy or do too often.
What is the biggest thrill or moment you have got from powerlifting?
Getting my 150kg deadlift in feb 2013 Raw Powerlifting League competition- cried my eyes out afterwards. I'd been striving for it and wanted it so bad.... And I got it!
How often do you train?
Four times a week and cardio twice a day at the moment
What is your program/split?
Bench and chest and tris
Shoulders and bis
Squats and legs
Deads and back
What really works for you?
Training with my power team - I couldn't do it without them! We all train together and have such a laugh as well as successful sessions
Favorite bodypart to train and why?
Shoulders; I like to see the pump lol! I get quite stressed when benching, squatting or dead lifting so shoulders is more a relaxed assistance session
Biggest improvement in last 12 months?
Probably my bench. Powerlifting techniques really pushed my numbers up and as long as I remember to use hip drive I'll be breaking some PBs very soon!
Improvements you are targeting ?
Under WPC rules I need to get used to squatting without knee wraps (to be raw) so it will be interesting to see how I squat without them as 120kg is best with them on and only repped up to 85kg without !
What tips would you give to newbies?
Get a good coach and listen to him/her only! Everyone has so many ideas but you can't change your training/technique all the time just because someone says 'try this!'
Any training secrets or amazing exercises which have worked for you (this is for the top tips section!)?
Hack squats have really helped develop my hamstrings lately as well as our new glute/ham bench which I'm loving at the moment. Don't see many of these in gyms these days
Would you ever give bodybuilding a go?
Never say never! My partner Jay Hughes was a strongman for ten years and is going back to the stage this year... So you never know... He might inspire me to it (but I know I'd miss my weights too much :( )