Erika Ropati Frost – Weightlifting
NAME: Erika Ropati Frost
SPORT: Olympic Weightlifting
DOB: 2nd September 1987
LOCATION: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
WEIGHT: 53kg Division
What is your competition history?
15 time Australian Champion
Top two in the Oceania since 2004
World Cup Bronze 2007
Arafura Games Gold 2007
Youth Commonwealth Games Gold 2004
Commonwealth Games 2006 (Bronze), 2010 (Injured during CJ but Oceania record in Snatch), 2014 (4th)
World Junior Championships 2004-2007
World Senior Championships 2014 (19th)
Give us an overview of how you got started...
My parents who were both elite gymnasts had me in the gymnasium before I could walk. The family packed up and moved to Brisbane when I was 5yrs of age and it was during this time I competed in Gymnastics recreationally until I was 13yrs old. Growing up I also tried others sports such as baseball, touch football, diving and trampolining. Although I enjoyed the various physical challenges they provided it wasn’t until I tried weightlifting that I found my true calling. I was introduced by coach Scott Robinson in grade 8 who eventually became my first coach, and was found to have talent for the sport. From that day on, my passion to challenge and test my limitations in the sport continues to grow. I am currently ranked 1st in Australia, a multiple Queensland and Australian record holder with 4 Oceania Records.
Why do you use ATP Science products?
I love that ATP Science is made from all natural ingredients, it is a product that I can trust 100% that is clean, which is exactly what I need being a tested athlete.
Which are your favourite ATP Science products?
I use the Alpha Venus and Dragons Breath the most. I can feel the difference after a matter of days with the Venus and the Dragons Breath reduces my knee pain and smells great!
How do you use these products?
I use these products daily, the Alpha Venus I take x2 capsules twice a day and the Dragons Breath I use as often as possible in which I roll all over my knee cap.
What does your typical training week look like?
I work full-time at Infront Security Services and train as often as possible outside work hours. Usually I will do two technical exercises and two strength exercises. I change the intensity of each session so that my body doesn’t get worn down. So I would try to do three medium sessions, one heavy and one light. I change them around depending on how my body is feeling that day. During a heavy session I would push my body to the limits and gradually increase the weight lifted to the maximum possible. When coming in to competitions I usually do double sessions, with technical being in the morning and strength at night.
Monday – 1630-1930hrs
Tuesday – 1630-1930hrs
Wednesday – 1630-1930hrs
Thursday – Recovery Session
Friday – 1630-1930hrs
Saturday – 1600-1900hrs
What does your typical nutrition plan look like?
Meal 1: Breakfast Smoothie
Meal 2: Rice paper rolls/sushi
Meal 3: Sushi roll and/or fruit before training
Meal 4: Dinner is usually some form of meat and vegies
What are your plans for the future?
I am looking to place in the top 15 at World Championships in November and my main goal is to be the female selected to go to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games (Usually only one place over all weight divisions).