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#SwoleMates – The Strengths & Struggles of being in Love with a Lifter

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#SwoleMates – The Strengths & Struggles of being in Love with a Lifter

By Nicola Paviglianiti During my time in powerlifting, I have seen countless romantic relationships develop through the sport. The barbell seems to have a special ability to bring out a strong romantic bond between two people. You don’t have to look far to see a number of well-known powerlifters and members of the strength community in Canada and around the world that are dating, in serious relationships, or that are happily married. I met my own boyfriend Ben Langley in the warmup room at the 2017 Canadian Powerlifting Nationals in Quebec. He was handling his cousin after his own competition,...

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Jack of All Trades, Master of None

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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 an elite level as a powerlifter. There are many, many times I question my own sanity, and there are many times where I feel I’m doing a terrible job at both lifting and parenting. But there are also many moments where I am able to draw on experiences from my lifting career and turn them into teachable moments in my...

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Stronger Foundations for a Bigger House

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Stronger Foundations for a Bigger House

by Vicky Taylor-Hood “Ken? I didn’t like that.” “You know, Vicky, I’m pretty good at reading people. I picked up on that one.” “Thanks, though. That shoulder feels better.” “Anytime. Now let me show you the nuances of this wall variation of the scapular pushup that you can carry over into dumbbell work.” One of the things that training has taught me about life is that when you stall or falter in some way, you don’t give up. Rather, when faced with changes, challenges, injury, failure to make progress in a particular way, stagnation or whathaveyou, you have to reroute...

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Hamster Wheel Syndrome

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Hamster Wheel Syndrome

by Alyssa Smith Life today is overwhelmingly busy and always on. We seem to have endless responsibilities to juggle day in and day out- Peddling the daily hamster wheel leaves very little time or energy for anything other than daily tasks that must be completed. This can make you feel stuck in a never ending cycle of constantly repeating the past. Things like creating changes you desire, both personally and professionally, working on new goals and more effective ways to move forward seem almost impossible. If you’re running in the daily hamster wheel it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re moving to...

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The Women of Powerlifting: Afterburn Barbell

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The Women of Powerlifting: Afterburn Barbell

by Christine Castro Powerlifting is a sport that we all know and love but did you realize the growth in women competing in the sport? Amazing.   I am blessed to be surrounded with women who are accomplished athletes on and off the platform. This is something I wanted to share because their stories inspire me to be a better lifter every day and I’m hoping to do the same to you. This article is the beginning to a series talking about the Women in Powerlifting and I am going to start it off with none other, than my supportive...

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