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Moments that Make Us

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Moments that Make Us

by Cameron St. Amand In sport we find enjoyment from the many aspects of the nature of competition, from adversity, challenge, and especially in strength sports the objective result of success; knowing our work pays off by seeing our numbers rise or seeing our bodies change. I think anyone would be lying if they didn’t find this almost euphoric! As strength athletes, we all know how difficult training can be mentally and physically, with the perks of sport feeling like they are only found in that 0.1% of our time while we may be standing on the podium or winning...

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2018 Classic Worlds Experience From a WORLD CHAMPION

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2018 Classic Worlds Experience From a WORLD CHAMPION

By Erik Willis Now that its been a little while since 2018 Classic Worlds I wanted to write a bit about my experience. Lets start with 2018 Nationals in Calgary. Going into the meet my back was feeling kind of off. I have been having a lot of issues with my SI and imbalances and they started to flare up just before the meet. All my squats looked and felt uneven with my left side having the tendency to dip on the way up. This led to me missing my 3rd attempt squat. Bench went great and I hit a...

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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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Mental Barriers When Lifting

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Mental Barriers When Lifting

by Mark Wasson Everyone’s been there when they have been stuck at a certain weight barrier and unable to surpass it. Whether it be the 1000lbs or 100lbs, for some a barrier often needs to be defeated mentally first before physically.   I’ve looked back at my own training over the years and you can realize that often I got stuck at a certain weights weight numbers that proved difficult to break through. For squat, it was first 500lbs, then 550lbs, then 575lbs, then 585, and finally 600lbs. Was it that I was physically too weak to lift any of...

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My Powerlifting Journey Leading Up to My First Nationals

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My Powerlifting Journey Leading Up to My First Nationals

by Natasha Hochstein  A little background on my powerlifting journey. I started powerlifting training Wednesday nights with Ryan and Rhaea Stinn back in February 2016 at Crossfit 161 in Moose Jaw. I competed in my first ever competition December 2016 at Last Chance and I was hooked. From then on I continued to powerlift one day a week and competed in my second meet at Synergy Strength in April 2017 where I qualified for Nationals. I decided to up the ante and train powerlifting 2 days a week to prepare for Westerns. After westerns, I really started to focus on powerlifting...

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