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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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To Be or Not To Be...Your Own Coach

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To Be or Not To Be...Your Own Coach

by Ryan Stinn I first started powerlifting in 2004; this was when powerlifting was basically so underground that information was not readily available. The most easily found information on the internet was about multi-ply lifting in the USA, from gyms like Westside Barbell and Metal Militia. We took their programs and ran them and because we were rank novices, we made decent gains, probably in spite of the programs. Amazingly there was a group of lifters in the gym, led by Jeff Butt. I would describe Jeff as my first and, until recently, only official powerlifting coach. I learned a...

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Spreading Strength and Uplifting Lives through Powerlifting in Zimbabwe

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Spreading Strength and Uplifting Lives through Powerlifting in Zimbabwe

by Nicola Paviglianiti What does a simple set of weights have to do with changing the world? Through my own powerlifting story and Masters research abroad I was determined to find out. In my own life, I have experienced and witnessed the power of the barbell and the powerlifting community. I’ve also come across a common love of lifting in a variety of unexpected places through my training and travels across Canada and around the world – Kenya, China, Italian hill towns, a basement in Denmark, you name it! As a result, I was curious as to the role strength...

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