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June 7, 2018

The process of cutting weight can be confusing, overwhelming, and discomforting if done improperly. It can come with negative health effects and adversely affect your strength. But cutting weight is a big component to the strategy of strength sports and when done prope...

March 31, 2018

Normally, when people think of the sport of powerlifting the first image that comes to mind are huge, burly men using chains and wraps of all sorts, grunting in old-school gyms, snorting nose torque, accompanied by a whole lot of screaming. Fortunately, the picture bei...

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 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 25, 2017

Whenever Elizabeth Chadwell walks into the gym her smile and positivity are contagious; you can’t interact with her without immediately feeling a little bit better about your day. She has been a client at Force for about six years now and her transformation from the fi...

September 21, 2017

One of the many things I appreciate about Derek (my boyfriend, coach, friend, etc.) is the way he pushes and challenges me in absolutely every aspect of my life. In the gym, he pushes me to go for weights I never thought were possible. In my work, he pushes me to pursu...

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