The Coach



I am a California native now living in Houston, TX by way of Lafayette, LA.

I started powerlifting in January 2012 after working out to lose weight for 2 years with a personal trainer. I invited all of my friends and family to my first meet…and BOMBED on squats and bench.

After sitting in the hall and crying from embarrassment, I went back on the platform and pulled a personal best on deadlift.  I could have quit then, but I was so excited about my deadlift, I took what I learned from the failures at that meet and successfully competed again 2 months later.

I have competed in the APF, AAPF, NASA, USAPL, and now primarily with the USPA. I was a state referee with the USAPL, and now I am a state referee with the USPA. I compete in both the raw and classic raw Open divisions at 67.5kg (148lbs) and 75kg (165lbs). Ultimately, I would like to compete in the single ply division.

My best lifts raw are 429lbs squat, 259lbs bench, and 501lbs deadlift. My best classic raw squat is 485lbs. I am currently ranked in the top 10 in both weight classes.

My most memorable achievements are deadlifting 501lbs raw winningmy weight class and 2nd overall at Boss of Bosses in August of 2019, and achieving over a 550 wilks in wraps at the Tribute meet also in August of 2019.

I have trained under some of the greatest powerlifters of all time. While competing with my last team, I realized that I really enjoyed working on technical issues with other lifters and wanted to find a home team to train with regularly. One of my biggest strengths is that I am a technically sound lifter. I enjoy helping others when they ask for pointers.

More about Barbara

I moved to Houston in May of 2016, and joined Texas Elite Barbell in December 2016. After several suggestions from friends and gym members, I decided to pursue my passion for coaching and building my network in Texas.  Building Relentless Power Systems (RPS) has always been my dream. Through RPS, I work to continue to improve myself and help others achieve their goals. We currently train at Texas Lean Fit Athletics in Jersey Village.

My favorite types of music are R&B, Pop, and Rap/Trap. My favorite meet songs are Push It by OT Genasis, Big Boy by Teron Carter, and Hi Low by JT Money.

Outside of powerlifting, I am an avid makeup junkie and celebrate my PRs with new eyeshadow palettes. I love spending time with my son, my team/gym family, and my nephews.