Marilia Coutinho, 53, is a powerlifting athlete, writer, speaker, coach and college professor. In 2005, her personal fight against a lethal disorder brought her into the realm of sports performance and science. Since then she has devoted her life to powerlifting and understanding human strength, calling it a higher form of art and existence. Her education includes a BS in biology, M.Sc in biochemistry and a Ph.D. in sociology of science. In 2012, she created MAD Powerlifting, an organization that provides education and technical training in strength and conditioning for strength sports. She has won many national, continental and world titles (both Open and Master) in powerlifting and bench press and currently holds the all-time record for the classic squat in her weight division. Marilia was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil and resides in Kansas, USA.