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Done with activism.

by Billy Prusinowski There comes a time in your life when things must change. Personally, after four years of college activism, then moving to Portland, Oregon for a year specifically to further that activism, I needed a change. It was a combination of wanting to live a more mainstream lifestyle and starting to become frightened […]

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Billy Prusinowski | CF

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Activism | Animal Rights | Billy Prusinowski | inspiration | Motivation

Are you in a workout rut- Vlog

by Ndem Nkem

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exercise | fitness | Motivation | ndem nkem | Weightlifting | Workout

My Story

by Elana Titanium Priesman I want to share my story with you. I spent my entire life battling obesity. From a young age I was put on calorie restrictive diets and suffered from the hurtful abuse of bullies. It wasn’t my parent’s fault; I guess they just weren’t exposed to the world of veganism. This […]

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Bodybuilding | Elana Priesman

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Elana Priesman | health | inspiration | Motivation | obesity | plant based

The Mental Game

by Ashlee Harrison As I write this blog post I am a mere four days out from my very first NANBF figure competition in Edmonds, Washington. I have been working towards this goal, slowly and steadily for approximately eight months. It seems so surreal just how close I am to stepping on that stage after […]

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Ashlee Harrison | Bodybuilding | Team Members

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Ashlee Harrison | Competition | inspiration | Mental Strength | Motivation

You Make a Choice

by Erin Fergus I recently attended the ACSM Health & Fitness Summit, a national fitness conference, in Atlanta, GA. One of the lectures discussed the increasing prevalence of diabetes in our country, and I sat in a room with hundreds of other fitness professionals. I looked around, I shook my head, and I was saddened […]

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Bodybuilding | Erin Fergus | Team Members

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Choices | Dedication | Erin Fergus | health | Motivation

Excel with (Com)passion

by Christian Garcia If you’re a normal human being (I know, a lot of us aren’t normal, but bear with me), chances are you have goals and ambitions. Even if they’re not big and challenging, you still most likely have ‘em. How badly you want to succeed in reaching those goals and ambitions is solely […]

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Bodybuilding | Christian Garcia | Team Members

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Animal Rights | Christian Garcia | Dedication | Diet | Motivation | Passion | Recipes | Success

My Vegan Voyage

by Athena Iglesias With today being day one of my second year of sobriety I thought I’d get really real about my own personal Vegan Voyage. I’m sharing this info to hopefully help others. Ok, so I grew up a competitive figure skater, my coach actually lived with me for a bit. In Elementary years-High […]

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Athena Iglesias | Bodybuilding | Team Members

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Athena Iglesias | Dedication | health | inspiration | Motivation | Veganism

You got injured. Now what do you do!?

by Giacomo Marchese It doesn’t matter how in tune you are with your body and what your level of fitness is. When you are pushing yourself past your limits to be the best you can be, it takes it’s toll, and sooner or later we all increase our risk of getting injured. Now i’m not […]

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Bodybuilding | Giacomo Marchese | Team Members

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Giacomo Marchese | Injury | Motivation | Recovery | training

New Goals, New Me

by Sally Andersen The last time I wrote down my top 3 fitness goals, it was an easy no-brainer: 1. Place in my age group for a 5k 2. Get sub-2 hours in a half marathon 3. Win a mud run And in the year after setting them, I nailed 2 out of 3. I […]

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Bodybuilding | Sally Andersen | Team Members

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fitness | goals | Motivation | Sally Andersen

Going It Alone?

by Erin Fergus I’m not even two weeks into this season’s contest prep (at the time of writing this article), and I’m already overwhelmed. Every day I dream of coming home to some type of personal assistant, minion, cabana boy or kitchen bitch, and every day there’s only my wiggly butt dog sitting by the […]

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Competition Prep | Erin Fergus | Motivation

Strike a Pose

by Dani Taylor Torre never breaks for even a second when on stage. Although flexing every muscle in his body, he is always graceful. How you hold yourself on stage is everything. You have spent months (maybe years?) building up a foundation of solid muscle to create a certain frame, and then dieting down and […]

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Bodybuilding | Dani Taylor

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Bodybuilding | Competition Prep | Dani Taylor | Motivation | Posing | tips | training

Let’s Get Real

by Paola Deocampo Jackson I am often told that I look great, that I’m so fit and tiny, that I’m skinny and one to be envied.  These comments are all made in reference to my social media pictures.  Pictures from prior competitions and bikini photoshoots.  Shoots that were very carefully timed during intense training and […]

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Bodybuilding | Paola Deocampo | Team Members

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Body Image | Motivation | Paola Deocampo | Real Woman | Social Media

the year of the open-mind

by Billy Prusinowski I have been a huge proponent of functional fitness for the past few years now, after sharing thoughts and tips with fellow personal trainers at my Gold’s Gym Santa Cruz (my former employer). Things like triple-extension movements (lifts where your ankle, knee and hip joints all involve themselves [like the CLEAN]) just […]

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Billy Prusinowski | CF

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Billy Prusinowski | Injuries | Motivation | training

Staying Motivated in a “Not-So-Motivating” World

by Tiffany Burich In my experience (as a trainer, friend, relative, acquaintance, ect.) there are two things I hear over & over again as to why people have trouble starting/sticking with workout routines & eating regimens : 1. “I don’t feel I deserve it” 2. “I don’t have support from anyone in my family” No […]

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Bodybuilding | Team Members | Tiffany Burich

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inspiration | Motivation | Self Improvement | Self-Love | Tiffany Burich

No excuses!

by Emily Zukle We’ve all heard the typical “reasons” people don’t go to the gym to workout. Time is the most common one I hear. But really? We all have the same time in a day and we tend to make time for whatever matters to us whether it’s television viewing or social networking or […]

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Emily Zukle | goals | Motivation

Goals

by Chris Piontek Its that time of year again where people scream and shout, “NEW YEAR, NEW YOU!!” I truly applaud the zeal with which they proclaim the new directions and motivations for their life. However, its no secret that by the end of February or beginning of March the fire starts to dwindle. By […]

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Chris Piontek | goals | inspiration | Motivation

More than me

by Austin Barbisch paragraph I feel something  very special when I think of this PlantBuilt team. I have been competing in bodybuilding shows since 1996, with 13 shows under my belt (thong). Up until meeting this awesome group of people, my goals in competition were purely for a love for competing, and to  get the […]

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Austin Barbisch | Determination | Ethics | inspiration | Motivation | Purpose | Veganism

Reaching Goals as a Vegan Athlete

by Ed Bauer Many people have a hard time getting stronger, leaner, more muscular, or in better shape, etc. If you want to improve your fitness in some manner, you must first determine what your specific goals are. Now there are two different types of goals, outcome goals and behavior goals. An example of an […]

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CF | Ed Bauer

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Behavioral Goals | Ed Bauer | goals | Motivation | Prepare

Perspective

by Mindy Collette As a full-time employee, living over an hour away from the city now, it can be very difficult to get to the gym. To make time to lift weights, pack protein shakes, L-Glutamine, and BCAA’s. But, where there’s a will there’s a way, and it’s been going well so far. Actually, really […]

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Injuries | inspiration | Mindy Collette | Motivation | perspective

Plant Built January Blog Post

by Erin Fergus I’ve always been the type of person whose motivation and energy to reach a goal seems endless. Now that the holiday season has just ended, I want to let everyone peek into what is currently motivating my dream chasing. I’m 30 years old, and I’m the baby in my family. My dad […]

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Cancer | Erin Fergus | Family | Motivation

Your Personal Best, and Cookies

by Christian Garcia Where to begin? I guess I can start off by saying that in life, anything you desire may or may not be easy to obtain; it will take time, patience, and determination. Whether it is health, fitness, money, relationships, an education, etc., it will take hard work and dedication. This can discourage […]

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Christian Garcia | Cookies | Motivation | Protein | Recipes

Emotionally Recovering from a Physical Injury

by Sally Andersen It was raining and rush hour, but that shouldn’t matter. I was following the rules of the road and staying in the bike lane. I was even wearing a neon pink helmet, reflective shirt and had my lights on. Regardless of the lengths that I went to insure my safety on my […]

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Healing | Injuries | Motivation | Sally Andersen