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Vicky Taylor-Hood -

by Vicky Taylor-Hood The past year of training has been a bit of a roller coaster mentally, emotionally, and physically. Every year I write myself some goals as a sort of a fresh look at a new year. I make some that are a real stretch, some that are perfectly challenging but reasonable if all things are on track 80% of the time, and some that are my baselines, things that I should be able to do simply by chugging along consistently with decent effort day-in and day-out. I’ve gotten used to hitting all the baselines, most of the moderate...

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Athlete Articles, Rhaea Stinn -

For those who don’t know, The World Games is a multi sport event held every four years, and is recognized by the International Olympic Committee.  For powerlifting, weight classes are combined to make four weight classes for men, and four for women.  For women, 72kg is left as its own class which is lucky for me as it provides a few additional wild card spots in that weight class.  This was actually the motivation for me to cut down to 72 for the first time in 2012 in attempts to qualify for The World Games 2013.  The 2017 World Games were held in Wroclaw,...

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Athlete Articles, Nicola Paviglianiti -

A Squatting Scholar seeking to understand the strength of the sport within the humanitarian community. by Nicola Paviglianiti (this blog was originally posted on the Lift 4 Life website) Zimbabwe community center gyms. Lift4Life powerlifting. A little Canadian lifter taking a leap of faith and off to learn. That’s me!                        Introducing “me”. My name is Nicola Paviglianiti, and I am a Team Canada powerlifter in the female junior 52kg weight class. I balance being under the bar with the books, and I am currently pursuing my Masters degree in...

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Athlete Articles, Erik Willis -

by Erik Willis Competing frequently is something I believe very strongly in. As of the writing of this article I have competed 21 times in the past 5 years, for an above average 4.2 meets a year. If you take out 2012 when I competed in my first meet and that’s it, that averages to 5 meets a year. Did I do a full on peak and taper for all of these meets? No, but I planned out which ones will be priorities and which ones I will do for fun. This past spring I competed 3 times in 2...

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Athlete Articles, Nicola Paviglianiti -

by Nicola Paviglianiti “Are you actually a man?” “Can I see your calluses? Can you flex for me?” “Would you win if we wrestled?” “Are you strong enough to make a grown man feel like a child?” “Be careful sweetheart! Are you sure you can lift that?” Little do they know I am still working with my warmup weights…. “It’s not normal for a girl to bench with the blue plates..” Referring to the 20kg’s I am about to lift. For reps. “…Would you consider bearing my children? You're very strong!” *** These are just a few of the countless...

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