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My First Powerlifting Meet

by Kelly Colobella The week before my first powerlifting meet I scoured the internet for articles about prepping. Reading about how I should be training, what I should eat, bring with me, etc. I read articles from my awesome Plantbuilt teammates, and tried to sort through all the advice and information and digest it all. […]

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

Dealing With Injury

by Crystal Hammer Weightlifters can be stubborn, honestly that is what makes most of us keep going. When people tell us “no” or that we cannot do something, it only motivates us to push harder. But when it comes to injuries, we need to put these hard-headed attitudes aside and heal. Injuries can take many […]

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Grow that Booty

by Sally Andersen This no-hipped, flat-butted girl is proud to brag that I successfully added an inch to my behind in a month and am continuing to see growth with my new leg workout plan. For my first leg day of the week, I go heavy and hard with less than 15 reps of classically […]

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Maintaining your Vegan Muscle While Dieting

by Jonna Edwinson I take pride in being a no meat, drug free athlete. The amount of time and effort it takes to build during off season makes muscle a very special product of hard work in the gym. Now a big question that I run into a lot is how do you get from […]

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Learning to Pull

by Jason Morris Over the last year I have transferred my deadlifting technique to a conventional stance. Before that I pulled from a sumo stance because it felt better. So why the change? Two reasons: First, I’m a coach and I need to be able to coach various movements and secondly, because I don’t want […]

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Weightlifting, how do I get started?

by Kelly Colobella I had a friend mention to me the other day that she wanted to start lifting weights and that she wasn’t really sure where to start. I remember that feeling all too well… walking into the gym and looking at all these machines, weights, treadmills and starting to panic. Seeing the large, […]

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The Biggest Secret for Ripped Veggie Muscles

by Melissa Hauser   I am about to reveal my number one tip for achieving a killer physique.  This is the ambiguous truth that everyone has been dying to hear.  It’s the magic pill that tightens and transforms a body.  I’m asked over and over what the secret is, and at long last, it will […]

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Gains | Heavy Lifting | Melissa Hauser | Patience | tips

7 Ways to Make Healthy Choices Convenient

by Marcella Torres We are all creatures of habit and will always choose the easier, most efficient option. Often this works against us when we’re rushed in the morning or starving at work, but a little forethought can actually make these tendencies work for us and not against us! For example, if you’ve prepared a […]

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Diet | health | Healthy Choices | Marcella Torres | tips | Vegan Muscle and Fitness

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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beat cravings | beat sugar cravings | bikini competition diet | bikini competitor | competition diet | curb cravings | Diet | diet tips | nutrition | Samantha Shorkey | tips | training | vegan bikini athlete | vegan bodybuilding | vegan fitness | weight loss tips

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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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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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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competing | consistency | Diet | exercise | Pam Kalstad | tips | training