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Why are vitamins and minerals important?

by Gene and Sheila Calvin Vitamin and mineral supplementation are very important to athletes and non-athletes. We need to know how they impact our performance and help us reach our goals. Do you know the difference between a fat and water soluble vitamins? Vitamins are classified as either water soluble (B vitamins and vitamin C) […]

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Spaghetti Squash Casserole

by Elana Priesman The Sauce: 1 box of POM strained tomatoes new Frontiers pizza seasoning to taste The Vegeliciousness Roast a halved spaghetti squash in a shallow pan of water open face down for 45minat 400-450 depending on your oven Use a silpat or parchment paper for the rest and watch carefully because they will […]

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Lessons Learned The Hard Way

by Kelly Colobella Right now the year is turning over, people are making resolutions… getting healthier, losing weight, going vegan (hopefully), and doing things they want to do to better themselves and the world around them. I was never a big resolution setter… I figure, if you want to change something enough you will just […]

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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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Cardio

by Athena Iglesias So. Let’s talk about cardio, shall we? I struggle just like anyone else might with “enjoying’ cardio. I have tried many different styles of cardio/fat burning workouts, some are more effective than others and some really make me want to break things out of boredom and frustration! Luckily, I had an opportunity […]

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How to Curb Cravings while Dieting

by Samantha Shorkey January 2014 Well it’s now January—the start of a new year and the most depressing month of all (in rainy Vancouver anyway.) It’s also the time of year when every gym is packed full of new people regretting their holiday food choices and wanting to make positive change in their lives. The […]

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Strong Girl VS HIIT

by Jonna Edwinson So as we all know, the dreaded word “cardio” can be frightening for us bodybuilders. Muscle is a precious thing for drug-free bodybuilders, so I am often asked if cardio is truly all that necessary. The answer is YES… but of course with a measured program. I find that if competitors don’t […]

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Childhood Obesity

by Korin Sutton “The devil has put a penalty on all things we enjoy in life. Either we suffer in health or we suffer in soul or we get fat.” -Albert Einstein. Today in America we have a huge epidemic problem and that is childhood obesity. Childhood obesity is growing and it is growing fast, […]

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I hit like a Vegan

Arnold Schwarzenegger. That name means different things to different people. Terminator. Governator. Regardless if you agree or disagree with his political agenda or his acting ability, one thing is for certain-the dude can move some weight. When it comes to fitness and exercise, everybody can agree, he is an expert. The proof is in the […]

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New Year

by Brent Henderson New Year, new challenges, new goals, new obstacles, and new inspirations, everything that awaits us this year will help mold us into the people we will become. I first started CF in July as an addition to my triathlon training. I soon fell in love with how I felt after I finished […]

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Vegan Chad’s Post Workout Smoothie

by Chad Byers

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Falling off the wagon and how to stay consistent for the long haul

by Giacomo Marchese For more than half of my life, i’ve been searching; working out on and off. At the age of 14, my music teacher sparked my interest in fitness and more specifically, bodybuilding. Mr Loposky’s influence was what started me on the road to a healthier, happier person. There were many reasons why […]

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Negative People

by Dani Taylor So, you’ve decided to make your health a priority. You’ve gotten into a fitness groove where you are working out hard and consistently. You’re finding yourself not really going out on the weekends and instead you’re making sure you get a good night sleep. Maybe you’ve even started packing your own meals […]

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Food a Fuel

by Tricia Kelly I have been on a journey to overhaul my health and fitness for the past couple of years. Since 2011, I have taken consistent action to transform my body on the inside and out and create a better mind, body and life for myself. One of the most significant changes has been […]

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Vegan Power Muffins

by Jill Jarvis Ingredients: 1 cup oats 1 cup whole-wheat flour 1 cup Plant Fusion chocolate protein powder (May use other vegan protein powder of choice). ½ tsp. salt ½ tsp. baking soda ½ cup peanut butter ¼ cup agave 1/3 cup apple sauce 1 tsp. vanilla 3 smashed bananas 1 cup coconut ½ cup […]

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Tips for the Traveling Vegan

by Paola Deocampo Jackson December 2013.  A hardcore training program was set to begin in January for 2014 competing as a new Plant Built Team Member.  My husband and I decided to go on vacation in Freeport, Grand Bahama, early in the month, while most everyone else was Christmas shopping (honestly, we’re last-minute shoppers anyway!).  Because […]

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Tropic Thunder Energy Boosting Protein Smoothie

by Amber Sperling and Richard Middlebrook This smoothie will offer you a great source of vitamin C, fiber, protein, and greens! nutritional facts: calories: 516 Fat: 4.7g Carbs: 104.3 g Protein: 22 g Ingredients: 9 frozen strawberries 3/4 cup frozen mango chunks 1/2 frozen banana 2 scoops of Ground Based Nutrition Superfood Protein Smoothie Vanilla […]

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How to meal prep for success

by Ashlee Harrison First off, I truly believe meal prepping is the key to success in keeping true to my dietary lifestyle.  I set aside time each Sunday morning to prepare all of my meals (and my husbands meals) for the following week.  This time is my upmost priority.  It usually takes between 2.5-4 hours, […]

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What to expect at your first Powerlifting meet

by Mike Greaves No matter what sport you participate in, a first competition can be both thrilling and nerve wracking. This is amplified in a sport like powerlifting because even though you might be on a team, you are alone on the platform (not counting spotters of course) with everyone watching you. For someone with […]

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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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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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Why Women Should Lift Heavy?

by Tiffany Burich As a personal trainer, two of the most common requests I get from my ladies is “I want to be toned” & “I want to lose fat”. Over the years, women have been mislead to think lifting high reps with light weight is the best way to achieve this. The truth is, […]

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Simply Put

by Pam Kalstad, MS How often do I eat? How many calories do I eat? How do I break those calories up? Do I need to eat an 80-10-10 diet? Or should it be 60-30-10? What about 50-20-30? Do I need to do cardio every day? How many minutes? What is the best type of […]

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Plants for Strong Bones

by Jennifer Moore “But don’t I need milk to build strong bones?” It is not uncommon for me to hear this question when teaching classes/clients plant based nutrition. First let’s discuss the process of osteoporosis. Every food we digest produces an “ash”: acid or base. Animal protein produces an acid ash. Vegetables produce higher levels […]

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Simple Tips for Protein Boosts

by Melissa Hauser December, 2013   Protein, protein, protein.  Everyone always wants to know where we get our protein.  Surely, you can’t build those crazy ripped muscles on a plant-based diet? Well, actually you can, and it’s just as simple to get adequate protein from a vegan diet as it is from a traditional omnivore’s diet. […]

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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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How to Prepare for Your First Powerlifting Meet!

by Crystal Hammer Watching a powerlifting meet before competing in your first one can be of great benefit and you will learn tons, but if you are too eager and don’t want to wait there are a few things you can do to prepare. Choosing a weight class can seem daunting. You do have to […]

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Competitor Beauty Products

by Emily Zukle Many competitors are willing to spend lots of money for a better appearance through professional hair styling and makeup application at each competition. I paid for such services at two of my three shows this past inaugural season and felt the hair and makeup artist’s fees were definitely worth it. Aside from […]

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