I've been powerlifting for about 10 years, mostly training in my own basement. With little space and limited resources, I hadn't improved for the last three meets. But in January 2016, I joined the Lincoln YMCA. In April 2016, I went to an international meet. I entered 33 events and I won gold in 32 of them, silver in the other, and I now hold 23 world records. I definitely improved after joining the Y.