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I was a high performance athlete since very early in my life. I practiced fencing between ages 11 and 14, when I was several times regional and national champion. I practiced many sports until in 2006 I took part for the first time in a bench press championship. Between 2007 and 2010, I collected all State and National titles in powerlifting and bench press. In 2011, I participated in a South American Bench Press and Powerlifting Championship in Argentina, sanctioned by the Global Powerlifting Alliance (GPA). I broke 10 World Records in two days. Two months later I took part on the GPA Worlds, in Atlanta, USA, where I broke the All Time Historical Record for the classical raw squat, being the first and only Latin American to accomplish this.
In 2012 I participated in a WPC South American Championship in Barranquilla, Colombia, in July, taking the best athlete title as in the previous meets. In December of this same year, I participated in the WPC Worlds in Las Vegas, USA, where I won at my class and broke a bench press open record and a couple of master records. In March 2013 I took part on the RPS International Open, at the Arnold’s Sports Festival (Columbus, OH), winning the championship and breaking the deadlift and total world records at the open class. In December of the same year, I took part in the International Powerlifting League (IPL) Worlds, in Las Vegas. She won in my class and broke both the bench press and raw squat open records (plus some master’s world records).
I have been a Certified International Referee for both the IPL and the WPC. I am a member of the IPL’s Executive Committee and organized its first South American Championship.
Since 2011, I have been in the first places of the World Inter-federative ranking both in Powerlifting and the Bench Press (check Powerlifting Watch for that).
I am known in Brazil for having devoted my life in an unconditional and passionate manner to the sport that saved me: in 2005, as a result of a life-long struggle against serious neurological conditions, besides psychiatric syndromes generated by severe trauma and violence, being unresponsive to pharmacological treatment, I miraculously survived a suicide attempt. Considering the failure of traditional pharmacological approaches to help me, and in the condition of medical information expert, I chose to dedicate my life to the only lifestyle that showed to benefit my neurological condition since childhood: high performance power and strength sports.
I was born in São Paulo, Brazil and I am the fourth child of Dr and Mrs Coutinho’s family. My father is an eminent geologist and a pioneer on his field in Brazil. My mother is a biologist. My brothers Mauro, Laerte and Helena Coutinho are involved in science and the arts. My brother, Laerte Coutinho, is well known for his genious work in cartoon and illustration and also as a leader at the transgender movement.
I consider myself a citizen of the world, rejecting any form of patriotism.
As a person and a firm, my mission is to help people recover their kinetic identity through the reappropriation of basic elements of the human movement alphabet: SQUATTING, PUSHING AND PULLING. I created a pedagogical method for this at my firm, MAD Powerlifting.
As a form of accomplishing this goal, I created theoretical and practical training programs for coaches and other life science professionals.