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Why Powerlifting?

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Why Powerlifting?

For me it all started the day I walked into W-95, which was where the University of Alberta Powerlifting Association (UAPA) was born. I remember I was a first year university student, taking my first look at what would be my home for the next few years.I was drawn into the rawness of the training environment and was greeted by a friendly stranger who later became my friend. I started to train quite regularly in W-95 and soon enough, I found my whole day centered around that room. Part of it was in pursuit of another PR, but the thing...

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Strong Enough

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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 given that I’m 40, we are talking about almost ancient history. However my past gives me an interesting perspective on a trend I’m seeing more of in powerlifting. To be honest, I was somewhat surprised to find disordered eating lurking in the corners of the powerlifting world. From the outside the sport really does embrace women of all shapes and...

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Pre-Meet Week

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Pre-Meet Week

by Maria Htee   Hey Hey  #powerliftinggang   I’d like to talk about how I prepare during the week leading into a meet. You and I are two very different people, this might work well for me but might not for you. But here it is, you’ll have to read my entire blog to get to know me!   What is my prep before competition?   Step one: Have faith and believe in myself I can’t go into competition without believing in myself. The work is done. The worst part of the storm is over. Getting here wasn’t easy, but...

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Powerlifting While Travelling - Your Guide to Gains

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Powerlifting While Travelling - Your Guide to Gains

by Nicola Paviglianiti   “Where are you now? You still train while travelling? How?”With my love for exploring the world, people are often surprised I still manage to get my lifts in while away from the comforts of my ‘home’ gym in Canada. If you love to lift like me, life would not be the same without powerlifting, and whether it be a conference, an internship, school, or a family vacation, my motivation to train always comes with me. Powerlifting of all sports isn’t the easiest for training abroad (when someone figures out how to transport a rack and a...

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