Meet our newest Featured Athlete, Matti Marsee. Matti is a competitive powerlifter and at just 12 years old, she is already a sponsored athlete and World record holder. Matti’s first love is tennis, and she started lifting weights at age 9, to help give her more power on the courts. Then at age 11, she competed in her first meet. She registered in the 13-15 year age group and for 97lbs and under. 12lbs lighter, and 4 years younger then the top of the class, Matti took first place and she was hooked.
In addition to powerlifting and tennis, Matti also does crossfit, olympic weightlifting, and is a member of her school dance team. She is sponsored by Metal Powerlifting and Lifter Clothing, and she has seen amazing support from companies like 1st Phorm, Pioneer Belts, Rise Above Fitness, Caffeine & Kilos, Lifter Clothing, and Donuts & Deadlifts.
Name: Matti Marsee
Home Town: Lake City, Florida
Sport(s): Powerlifting, Tennis, Dance, Crossfit, Weightlifting
Gym and teams: Future Fitness, HBP, Fancy Dancer, Tennis Forever
IG: @dmarsee10 and @mattimarsee
Interview with Matti
Erin: Your involved in so many sports. How do you balance them all with school?
Matti: I have to remember that school comes first and everything else is for fun. My parents schedule everything so that nothing gets in the way of each other and when they do I just make it up on the weekends.
Erin: When you competed at your first meet, how did it feel to win your weight class against kids three and four years older then you?
Matti: The first meet was just for fun and to see how I could do, I didn’t expect to win and just focused on doing my best. I was very surprised to win because I wasn’t worried about what others did.
Erin: How does it feel to be a sponsored athlete and world record holder at the age of 12?
Matti: Its cool that people and business’
are willing to support me and help me reach my goals. I never got into it for that but it has been a huge help. My sponsors have done so much to allow me to just concentrate on my sports.
Erin: Do you ever get nervous before a tennis match or a weightlifting meet?
Matti: Yes and I still do. I think it helps me focus and concentrate. When I feel nervous I just think of all the practice that I have done and use the nerves as energy.
Erin: What do you like to do for fun, when you’re not in school or doing sports?
Matti: Hanging out with my friends riding golf carts, going to the movies, swimming, and going to church.
Erin: Do you have any favorite post training or post meet rituals?
Matti: Not really. When I finish one thing, I try to get ready for the next and not worry about what I just did. I am always looking forward.
Erin: You come from a family of athletes. What has having so many other competitors in your family taught you?
Matti: We are all very competitive and not afraid of hard work. Sometimes the work is more fun than the competition itself.
Erin: Do you have any plans to focus on just one sport in the future? Or do you think that you will always be a multi-sport athlete?
Matti: I would love to be a pro tennis player that competes at the highest level of powerlifting, weightlifting and dance. They all help each other so why would I ever stop doing them all.
Erin: What advice would you give kids that are interested in powerlifting?
Matti: Find a good coach first. My coach is Toby Irby. They can keep you safe and teach you proper technique before anything else. Plus work with a group that makes it fun .