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December 12, 2018

My mother never taught me how to be physically strong.

Sure, she showed me what it meant to be mentally strong, emotionally strong, and transcend strength into my work, education, and personal aspirations — but being physically strong was not something I learned from he...

April 3, 2018

How many times do you find yourself in a conversation with other women and the only topic of discussion is what their clothes look like, how their body sizes up, and how they wish they could change or alter their appearance in some way? When you keep your eyes (and ear...

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 27, 2018

I am so fortunate to work at a gym that caters to the youth population. I have helped youth athletes, both male and female, get stronger, faster, and better for their sports and it is a true pleasure watching them excel. We have athletes come to us from all across the...

February 6, 2018

Walking away from a 15-year gymnastics career and turning to the sport of powerlifting changed Chelsea Savit’s life. From constantly feeling like her body was under a microscope and only valued for the way it looked, powerlifting lifted those constraints and allowed he...

December 20, 2017

Terminology is so important. The way we talk about strength training and how we approach certain exercises/supplements/nutrition advice should have no gender barrier. Certainly there are some glaringly obvious times when special consideration should be given to women (...

December 3, 2017

Suzi Swinehart, ultra-runner and 45-year-old mother of four from Fort Wayne, is running more miles than she ever has, recording her fastest times in races and continues to prove that just about anyone can run despite shape, size or age.

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November 28, 2017

As Coach Matt made his rounds explaining the ForceFit workout for the day, Tara Heckler stood amid all her friends from the 5:15pm class, quite as could be until another woman in the class pointed at her shirt and immediately ran up to her to give her the biggest hug.

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November 23, 2017

“I am a Smart Fit Girl. I am strong both physically and mentally. I respect my body and my mind. I love myself for who I am and everyday I strive to be the best version of myself. I am a Smart Fit Girl, and I encourage and empower all girls to be the same.”

In celebrati...

October 19, 2017

Besides learning that my stomach is, in fact, smaller than my eyes (or my desire to smash about 5,000 calories in one sitting after a meet) I walked away from Raw Nationals with a deeper sense of gratitude, appreciation, and drive to continue bettering myself both in t...

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