Welcome to MiniBIGLifts!

Welcome to MiniBIGLifts.com, a new meeting place where women strength athletes– professionals, competitive amateurs, and enthusiasts– can come together and share the grind.

At MBL, we believe:

  • You don’t need an extraordinary reason to want to become stronger
  • The daily grind– unglamorous, un-Instagrammed, with mixed results and occasional tedium– is its own reward
  • The process of becoming stronger can change your life– or even save it
  • The process of becoming stronger can help you change the lives of others

Who We Are

The leader of the pack is Sarah “MiniBig” Glanvill, an up-and-coming Olympic weightlifter and materials science Ph.D. student based in Birmingham, England. She is the current English Central Weightlifting Division Champion in the -58kg weight class and was a British Championships Bronze Medalist in 2015.

Sarah MiniBIG Glanvill

As the main voice of the site, MiniBig will share her journey as she proceeds to drop to the 53kg weight class and claim her place as an elite international athlete.

She will also speak her mind and invite substantial discussions about topics including:

  • Women in sport
  • How women present themselves in the online fitness community
  • British Weightlifting– the good, the bad, the exasperating
  • The day-in, day-out of training
  • Mental health and athleticism
  • Weird YouTube videos (MORK)
  • How unbelievably fucking hungry she is

Partners in Crime

MiniBig is supported in her endeavour by two co-bloggers, Lauren Evans and Rose Judson.

Lauren is a nurse with an adventurous soul who is transitioning from powerlifting to Olympic lifting, with an eye on qualifying for the 2016 British Championships (-69kg).

Currently on an intensive placement with the NHS, she’ll have a lot to say about the work/life/sport balance and the “fitspo” craze– ask her about the infamous “fanny bench” if you want to hear some top-shelf ranting.

Rose is a freelance writer/editor and mother who has recently qualified for the IWF World Master’s Championships, taking place from 1-8 October in Heinsheim, Bad Rappenau, Germany. She is also preparing to break the British Weightlifting Master’s record in her category (W35 -75kg) in 2016. 

Acting as managing editor, she’ll discuss athletin’ over the age of 30, parenting, CrossFit, and various Game of Thrones conspiracy theories. 

Hail King Gorilla, First of His Name

All three contributors share a common bond in their coach– former elite strongman Dave Whittington, the Gorilla PT. MiniBIG and Lauren are direct coaching clients of Dave’s. Rose is a member of Second City Barbell Club at Second City CrossFit, where Dave coaches when he’s not inventing dance routines or sampling salt and vinegar crickets.


Dave’s insightful, creative, and effective coaching has helped many people discover the joys of making themselves stronger, whether or not they’re competitive athletes. Expect to see him mentioned frequently.

Other Voices (Including Yours!)

MiniBigLifts.com will also feature guest writers from other strength disciplines, such as powerlifters, strongwomen, and figure competitors.

Our mission is to offer strength athletes inspiration through community– without airbrushing, patronisation, or oiled buttocks.*

Please jump into the comments and share your experiences with us. We’re glad you’re here. Welcome!

*Unless that’s the only way you can get them into your singlet.



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