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March 6, 2018

When I first began powerlifting I was told I had to use the 20-kilogram bar for competition.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with bar sizes, in most Olympic weightlifting gyms there are two bars, the 15-kilogram bar and the 20-kilogram bar (roughly 35 and 45 pounds...

February 26, 2018

We’ve heard it all too often at the cross roads of every major decision or looming task we set out to achieve—trust the process. Trust the process and you’ll lose weight, trust the process and you’ll finish the race, trust the process and you’ll hit that personal best…...

February 5, 2018

Have you ever walked into the gym, overwhelmed by the options and confused by the plethora of machines, bars and instructional how-to pictures plastered on the wall? This is your fifth time giving this whole “get-back-in-shape” thing a go, and you’re a little embarrass...

October 11, 2017

Ask Ernie Baker what he likes to do in his free time besides biking and the silence will be deafening.

“He just loves biking and enjoys the process of training,” Coach Matt says. “I love when I get to coach clients in movements that are empowering them to do something o...

September 7, 2017

I walked into my old hometown gym, a place I have been probably just shy of a million times and my stomach turned as I grabbed onto my gym bag and gave the man at the counter my guest pass for the day. I walked across the aisle in the middle of the weight room (more li...

August 15, 2017

The events that took place over the weekend in Charlottesville, VA have not sat well with me. At the same time, I didn’t really know what my duty was or how I could help combat the racism, bigotry and terrorism affecting marginalized populations. I didn’t really think...

June 22, 2017

I am not strong because I lift weights, I am not strong because I have muscles and I am not strong because I’ve played soccer, ran a half marathon, snowboard, have competed in a bodybuilding competition and am a powerlifter. Sure, all of those things have made me stron...

April 9, 2017

I’m all about food. I love breakfast, lunch, dinner and all the snacking that happens in between. Sometimes I think there is a direct correlation to the satisfaction of a meal and my happiness and many of my fondest memories are from a dinner table surrounded by the pe...

April 7, 2017

Disclaimer: This blog post was a collaboration with my boyfriend Derek Beumel who is also a personal trainer and certified USAW, USAPL and bodybuilding coach.

Want to know the secret to success? Well, I’ll tell you. It’s actually very simple…focus on the big picture. Ye...

October 4, 2016

I knew a couple years ago that I wanted to work in the fitness industry. I knew that my heart belonged in a place where I could change lives through fitness but I didn’t really know where to begin. I was a journalism major treading unfamiliar territory so I took the fi...

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