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Let’s clear the chalk-filled air about something: Many people new to the sport of powerlifting are intimidated by the proposition. I often address how to overcome that feeling in my Unapologetically Powerful Coaching ...

Power Portrait: Emma Swanston

First, the basics! Your name, age, and where you live.  Emma Swanston 37 Sydney, Australia I am also a certified personal trainer with a deep passion food: Buying it, preparing it, ...

How to Approach Warm-Up Sets

You want to learn how to safely lift big-for-you weights. (I love this about you!) But perhaps you’re not sure how exactly to get from colder than the water cooler to ...

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