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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 5, 2017

I used to train six days a week. No if’s, and’s or but’s—thinking that the only day of rest could ever be Sunday. No matter what my body felt like, no matter the weather outside, six days a week you could find me inside the four walls of a gym hammering away on weights...

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 21, 2017

As a competitor, coming off of competition comes with a mix of emotions. It could be regret for not competing or preparing as well as you could have, it could be pride for performing well, it could be gratitude for the people who helped you get to where you did, or it...

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 8, 2017

In my humble opinion, more is only better in terms of how many donuts come in a box and the amount of time I can spend outside. Unfortunately, we, as a society, are stuck in a cyclical trap of “More is always better.” More things equal more happiness. More money equals...

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...

June 8, 2017

You know that feeling after you’ve eaten a jar, bag or box of something and you turn it around to glance at the nutrition information thinking “Well, that couldn’t have been more than one or two servings” and then your gut sinks a little as you realize not only did you...

June 1, 2017

I read a quote yesterday as I was mindlessly scrolling through Instagram and at first glance it was something I agreed with. After reading it again and thinking about it a little longer though I became so emotionally wrought for a good ten minutes I swear you could hav...

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