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  • Jack of All Trades, Master of None

    Jack of All Trades, Master of None

    by Joanna Rieber As one of the few open female national level lifters in Canada with children, I am often asked how I juggle being a mom of two busy children, a busy unpredictable job, and continuing to lift at...

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  • Find the Joy

    Find the Joy

    by Joanna Rieber This past year of lifting has been fraught with difficulty for me both physically and mentally. Most lifters I know who have been in the sport for any length of time have had similar experiences to share. ...

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  • Nobody Died

    Nobody Died

    by Joanna Rieber   One of my lowest moments in powerlifting came at me by surprise in June of 2016 at IPF Classic Worlds in Killeen Texas. I ‘bombed out’ on bench – my strongest lift. I had medaled at...

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  • Strong Enough

    Strong Enough

    by Joanna Rieber STRONG ENOUGH Many of you know me as a 52kg CPU/IPF lifter. Some of you know me as a mom and as a physician. Not many of you know my history with food and eating disorders. Now...

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