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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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Pain Pain Go Away!

by Elana Priesman Working out hardcore is going to leave your body aching. Of course a nice plant based diet is going to help you recover like a lover, but sometimes you might twerk your body in the wrong way, and bam! So , here are some things I have found helpful in helping my […]

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Elana Priesman | Healing | health | Injuries | Pain Management | training

Why be Vegan?

by Pam Kalstad There seems to be a divide not just in the non-vegan vs. vegan but also in the vegan vs. vegan world. It’s becoming a competition of a tiered world of veganism. Does it matter why someone becomes a vegan? Or is it more important that are vegan? I’ve had this debate with […]

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Asking is not weakness

by Christian Garcia In life, there are a lot of things that we’re all unfamiliar with. Choosing what we want to become familiar with is the easy part. Actually familiarizing ourselves with those things is the hard part; it can quite troublesome for many. I am just generalizing for the sake of applying this, so […]

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Back to the Basics: the Foundations of Training and Nutrition

by Scott Shetler “Before I had studied Zen for thirty years, I saw mountains as mountains, and waters as waters. When I arrived at a more intimate knowledge, I came to the point where I saw that mountains are not mountains, and waters are not waters. But now that I have got its very substance […]

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CHOCOLATE Contest Prep Cookies

by Melissa Hauser I’m eight weeks out from my first show of the season, and these cookies totally hit the spot while providing 31 grams of protein for only 160 calories! I like to serve these with just a smidge of sugar-free jam. Enjoy! 1 scoop Vega Sport Performance Protein, Chocolate 2 T Vital Wheat […]

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How I Approach Deadlifting

by Sally Andersen Anyone that knows me or has seen my Instagram (@vegansally) knows the thing I love most right now: deadlifting! I’m making strength gains almost weekly with the classic powerlifting move and, more than anything else, it’s a mental and emotional battle for me. Stepping up to the bar is stepping into a […]

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4/9/14

by Crystal Moulon I have lifted with many people throughout my life from old to young and one thing I have seen come up again and again from my older weightlifting friends is comparing their current abilities to their younger selves, always with a negative effect. I’ve seen this in powerlifters, strongmen, arm wrestlers and […]

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Chocolate Cherry Power Balls

by Kelly Colobella I own a bakery and make sweet treats all day. It’s really difficult to keep eating clean while baking cupcakes so sometimes I like to make a different kind of sweet treats for myself. These look like tiny meatballs but they are delicious, fatty, protein packed balls of wonder! A great way […]

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Work out with Chad Byers

by Chad Byers

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Be a poser!!

by Pam Kalstad, MS When I see the word poser I first think of my children using the term to describe someone who is pretending to be something they aren’t. Now I practice religiously to be the best at posing I can be. It’s the icing on the cake, bow on the present and the […]

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Why is vitamin B12 important for athletes?

by Sheila and Gene Calvin Vitamin B12 is also commonly referred to as cobalamin. Adequate intake and absorption of this vitamin is of special concern to older athletes as well as vegetarian and vegan athletes. Vitamin B12 plays a role in the health and performance of the nervous and cardiovascular systems, the growth and development […]

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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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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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PAOLA’S CURRY-ISH DISH

by Paola Deocampo 4 red potatoes 3 garlic cloves, pressed or minced ½ yellow onion, sliced 1 oz. ginger root (optional), thinly sliced 2-3 cups vegetable broth 1 can chickpeas 1 cup frozen peas 1 cup cauliflower ½ tbsp. turmeric ½ tbsp. cayenne 1 tsp cumin Salt (to taste) 1 cup coconut milk 2 rounded […]

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Karate

by Amber Sperling I’ve been training in martial arts for two years now. The style I practice is called Matsubayashi Shorin-ryu, a style of Karate-Do which originated in Okinawa from the desire for self- preservation. I study under Kyoshi Pike and Sensei Middlebrook in guidance of the WSKF, formulated by Hanshi Grant. In karate, we […]

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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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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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Stop Washing Your Hair (so much)!

by Ashlee Harrison Some times I feel like I am on a one-woman mission to get the world to stop washing their hair every freaking day!!! Seriously ladies (and gents) stop washing your hair every damn day! I know many people say they have to wash their hair every day because it’s just too oily […]

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Ashlee Harrison | Beauty | Cruelty Free | Green | Vegan

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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MY REVERSE BEFORE & AFTER: LET THE COMPETITION PREP BEGIN!

by Samantha Shorkey February 1, 2014 Well aside from having a broken wrist, competition training season is officially in FULL EFFECT, baby! A few vegan ladies have asked how I do it from start to finish so here goes my first post! I’m not gonna lie—I spent Christmas with my family eating as much decadent […]

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“Perfect 10”

by Elana Priesman I have been struggling lately with the “perfect 10”, as in life will be better when I lose 10 lbs. But then somehow it’s the next 10 lbs. and I wonder when I am ever going to find that magic place where everything seems “perfect.” I have experimented with different eating plans […]

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Bridging the beauty gap: Selfies not required

by Pam Kalstad, MS Women come in all shapes and sizes. We’ve all heard that multiple times. Intellectually we know that. Emotionally………. a large population of us want to come in the same shape and size; tall (but not too tall), lean (but not too skinny) and beautiful (often defined by the media’s beauty de […]

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Body Image | health | Pam Kalstad | Self-Love | strength

Methods of Change

by Jason Morris Thus far my favorite lifting program has been the classical 5×5 protocol that get’s touted by Pavel of Strong First, and RKC. I have also spent some time using Dan John’s mass made simple program, which if you eat all the Peanut Butter & Jelly sandwiches and hit all of your squats, […]

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The CF Open – 14.1

by Amber Sperling The Open is here!!! In 2014, athletes from all over the world will have a chance to compete in the CF Open. Athletes have until Monday, 5 p.m. PT of each week to perform the workout and submit their scores for a chance to qualify for regionals. Essentially this is what cf […]

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An Ode to Stripper Heels

by Melissa Hauser Feb 20, 2014 I am not much of a girly girl. Yes, I treat myself to a pedicure a few times a year. And yes, I do put on makeup every day (yet proudly boast that my out-of-shower-to-out-the-door time comes in at under 13 minutes). But most of the time you can […]

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Competition Prep | Heels | Make-up | Melissa Hauser | Spray Tan

Eating Disorders in the Fitness Community

by Dani Taylor I love the fitness community. I love seeing strong, ripped vegans chasing their dreams and changing their lives, along with the lives of countless animals. I love going on Instagram and looking at accounts that motivate me and hoping that I can motivate others as well. We all have those people that […]

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Practice Makes Perfect

by Emily Zukle Two months before I entered my first bodybuilding show and earned my first of three “Top Five” placings in the bikini category, I joined a local bodybuilding team for support in competition preparation. This decision was a large reason I believe I did so well in all my shows. Every Saturday, I […]

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Cheezy Crispy Chick’n

by Ashlee Harrison Ingredients: 2 pieces of Gardein Chick’n Scallopini. 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast. Mrs. Dash garlic and herb seasoning to taste(optional). Frank’s Red Hot Sauce to taste (optional). Slightly thaw scallopinis until they can be easily pulled apart into pieces (about one hour). Pour nutritional yeast on top. Add Mrs. Dash (optional) and toss […]

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My Little Vegan Story (the short version)

by Paola Deocampo Jackson As April approaches, I look back on the changes I’ve made over the previous four years. On April 4, 2010, I made the decision to transition into a vegan lifestyle. To this day (and for the rest of my life, I’m sure), I’ll get asked and told the same things over […]

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