Athlete Articles — Teresa Parsons

Thank you to all the Powerlifting Girls

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Thank you to all the Powerlifting Girls

by Teresa Parsons When I first started lifting, I didn’t know many other women who shared my sport. During my first year of competition in 2015, there were never more competitors in my division than there were places on the podium. So I was both excited and surprised when I showed up to my first national meet in 2016 and learned I’d be competing against 17 other girls. I did not know any of them, nor did I know how much they could lift. I had no idea if I was going to get first or last place, and that...

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My Take on Fitspiration

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My Take on Fitspiration

by Teresa Parsons Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the intersection of women’s sport and social media–popularly called “fitspiration”–and about how my own social media presence is lacking. As we begin to spend more and more of our time perusing feeds that provide us with a steady stream of often aspirational content, I think it’s worthwhile to spend some time reflecting on the appeal of gaining followers and likes, and the impact of sharing our lives with the world. I recently spoke to a woman who suggested I should work towards having a greater social media presence and more...

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Compete!

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Compete!

by Teresa Parsons If you are contemplating competing in powerlifting but have been putting it off until you are stronger, bigger, smaller or otherwise more prepared this blog is for you. If you think you are interested in competing and can safely execute a squat, bench and deadlift then you might be as ready as you will ever be. I was signed up for my first competition before I even really knew what powerlifting was, and I have not looked back on that decision. For me it took one competition and I was hooked. Had I not made the decision...

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Positive Perspective

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Positive Perspective

by Teresa Parsons How choosing a positive perspective is making me a better athlete. I am not an expert on how brains work. Certainly not on how anyone else’s mind operates, and often not even my own.  However, I have found that a few small changes in my perspective, in and out of the gym, have made me a better athlete and a happier person.   I enjoy pouring as much effort as I can into everything I do: I am an all-or-nothing person. I have found over the past few years that this all-or-nothing attitude has had some negative...

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