Stefanie Cohen Comments On Her Feature Story In Major Miami News Outlet

Over the weekend, Miami, Florida, based powerlifter Stefanie Cohen made mainstream waves with her feature story on a major Miami news outlet.

For those plugged into the powerlifting community, or for those who are already a Cohen fan, then you may have already seen the video below. But for those who aren’t, sit back and relax because we’ll catch you up to speed.

On Sunday, WSVN Channel 7 in Miami aired a story shining light on the sport of powerlifting and directed their attention towards Cohen, one of the sport’s top female competitors. Cohen told us that one of the reporters reached out to her via Instagram.

And while this story focuses a lot on her accomplishments as an athlete and person, Cohen hopes it does much more than bring attention to her own successes.

“I hope it encourages more people to try powerlifting, especially young women. I hope that it break the stereotype about the way a powerlifter looks like, and all the negativeness that comes with it. Also, I hope it generatrs enough interest so that we [powerlifters] get more coverage in the news just like every other sport.”

It’s always odd that powerlifting and other strength sports don’t receive as much attention as other sports across mainstream news outlets. When we asked Cohen if she thinks powerlifting should receive more mainstream news, she said,

“Yes, definitely. Mike, the reporter asked me if it upsets me to be competing at the highest level in my sport and not have the acknowledgement or respect from other high-level athletes in other disciplines. That’s something I hadn’t thought about until then, and yes it kind of bothers me. 

We pour our hearts into our training and competing, and are doing things other people thought weren’t humanly possible, but get no exposure outside of existing powerlifting/gym platforms.

Powerlifters competing at highest level should be highlighted as well, just like every other sport. Unfortunately, it seems to me that wont happen until bigger brands get involved and more money gets invested into the sport.”

Hopefully, as the sport continues to grow and major outlets (again, hopefully) recognize how much athletes put into their trade, then we’ll see more stories like this one above. Until then, we can only keep pushing the boundaries and hoping the world outside of strength sports continues to follow suit.

Feature image from Hybrid Performance Method YouTube Channel. 

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Jake holds a Master's in Sports Science and a Bachelor's in Exercise Science. Currently, Jake serves as one of the full time writers and editors at BarBend. He's a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has spoken at state conferences on the topics of writing in the fitness industry and building a brand. As of right now, Jake has published over 1,100 articles related to strength athletes and sports. Articles about powerlifting concepts, advanced strength & conditioning methods, and topics that sit atop a strong science foundation are Jake's bread-and-butter. On top of his personal writing, Jake edits and plans content for 15 writers and strength coaches who come from every strength sport.Prior to BarBend, Jake worked for two years as a strength and conditioning coach for hockey and lacrosse players, and was a writer at the Vitamin Shoppe's corporate office. Jake regularly competes in powerlifting in the 181 lb weight class, and considers himself a weightlifting shoe sneaker head. On the side of writing full time, Jake works as a part-time strength coach and works with clients through his personal business Concrete Athletics in Hoboken and New York City.