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Ups and Downs of Powerlifting

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Ups and Downs of Powerlifting

by Kelly Branton   Powerlifting is an emotional roller coaster that very few can stay at a high level for a long period of time and not quit. If you’re someone like me that has pretty much turned their life off from anything but powerlifting, that being said “I love what I do and I am not complaining” but it’s the truth. People say to me, “but you’re a freak!  It comes easy!  You have good genetics!” Just for a little education for everyone, it sure the hell does not come easy to me.   Every time I put my...

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Setting Goals

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Setting Goals

by Erik Willis Setting quantitative goals is a very important part of going to the gym. You are able to actually measure your progress if you make these kinds of goals (and track them). For example, your goal is to have a massive chest but all you do is go to the gym and hap hazardly hit some bench, incline, and flyes without tracking what you’ve done in the past then you will likely have a hard time. If you set goals like I want to bench 405lbs, and work towards that goal, it is easier to chip away at,...

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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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