How Powerlifting Helped Ana Perez Overcome Drug Addiction

How Powerlifting Helped Ana Perez Overcome Drug Addiction

When Ana Perez was just two weeks old, her mother sold her to fuel her cocaine addiction. As an adult, Perez learned that she was born into the world addicted to the drug. She cried more than most as a baby due to the withdrawal symptoms, and in her teenage […]

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Kortney Olson, Founder of GRRRL

Kortney Olson, Founder of GRRRL

Kortney Olson  is the founder of GRRRL, an athletic clothing company. So-called “lifestyle brands” proliferate Instagram, but a closer look reveals that there is more to GRRRL than fitted spandex and upbeat messages emblazoned on tees and tank tops.When I started interviewing Kortney, we barely got through introductory pleasantries before […]

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Frances Manias: Iron Sister

Frances Manias: Iron Sister

“My knowledge and my history have to go somewhere. I can’t take it to the grave.” At 44-years-old, Frances Manias has over twenty-five years of experience in the weightroom. She is someone who has always had a strong sense of self, and as such, has strived to find authenticity in […]

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An Uneasy Truce: Lessening Dysphoria With Powerlifting

An Uneasy Truce: Lessening Dysphoria With Powerlifting

  My name is Ryn, and I’m non-binary. Non-binary is a bit of an umbrella term, but in general it refers to anyone whose gender identity does not fit into the male/female binary. For me, this has meant that I don’t feel like “woman” fits me, but “man” doesn’t either; […]

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Lifting Sisters Social by Chelsea Nkwodimmah

Lifting Sisters Social by Chelsea Nkwodimmah

Hands bathed in chalk and thighs coated in baby powder, I waited behind the curtains listening for the announcer to call my name, like calling a gladiator to the arena. I went into my final deadlift behind my competitor by 2.5kg. It was a cat and mouse game as our […]

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