“I was at the American Open last December in Florida, and the Lindenwood team is probably the loudest team in the room, so I was drawn to them,” she said.
“Years ago people didn’t cheer, but because the sport is growing and becoming more popular, it’s becoming more and more accepted,” Podhaiski said. “I loved it. You could tell upon meeting them that they’re really supportive of one another. I was immediately drawn to that.”
Podhaiski’s initial interest in capturing casual exercisers has transformed into a job and a platform to spread her passion with the viewing world.
Assistant coach Austin Rodriguez said he understands the positive effects the support of his team has not only provided in the weight room, but also in the brand of the team as a whole.
“Honestly, this is pretty big,” Rodriguez said. “This is a great way for the team to gain exposure. We’ve been kind of wanting pictures, and this will show our training atmosphere and how unified the team is.”
Podhaiski’s trip from New York was only a 24-hour stay to take pictures of common college students, but she paid for the trip out of her own pocket.
Rodriguez and the Lions look forward to the potential that may follow a visit from the heart of Everyday Lifters.
“I know that she’s got over 2,500 followers, and she goes to every competition,” Rodriguez said. “I believe we’re the only full team she’s photographed. People will get an inside look and see there’s constant excitement when we train. It’s always fun.”