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Do You Even Lift? On External Validation and Bodies

It happened on a break between sets on an average bench day in February. A female colleague I didn’t know very well approached me and we struck up a friendly conversation. As she finished telling me that she used to lift heavy, she casually said, in an encouraging way, “Oh man, I bet if you started to lift you would gain muscle soo quickly.” Unfortunately, I had been lifting weights…for over a year, and had been training specifically for powerlifting for 10 months, having competed in two meets prior to this conversation. I know I was (and still am) very much a baby in the lifespan of a powerlifter, but I had most definitely started lifting by this point. Continue reading Do You Even Lift? On External Validation and Bodies

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Episode 1 | Allow Us To Re-Introduce Ourselves

This week on the first episode of GutsXGritXGrind – The This is Female Powerlifting podcast, we are going to revisit our origin story and discuss why we don’t owe anyone pretty (and what is it that means). We’ll also talk about how the growth of our community has not only vastly exceeded our initial expectations, but the lessons we’ve learned so far from it, and how community growth has intersected with our own personal growth. We’ll also ramble on a bit about our own personal meet prep and give share some thoughts on cool things happening in female powerlifting right now and in the near future. We hope you enjoy this, our first show! Show notes below!


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0:30 – Introductions – putting names to these awesome voices and giving a little bit of insight into who we are and what we do in real life/the real world.


3:30- – What is This is Female Powerlifting and how did this whole thing get started?


6:30 – There is no “one true way” to be a powerlifter


8:30 – Liz has actually written a great blog post for us and it will be available shortly on our blog at


10:00 – What I lift matters, not what I look like while I do it


11:40 – Evolution of TIFPL from our three friends to a community of lifters across the globe


13:30 – Fighting back against traditional notions of beauty


14:30 – Jaime and Darron go full Canadian and name drop NHL hockey players


15:05 – What is the Boner Kill Brigade?


15:52 – Beans is the Boner Kill Brigadier


16:50 – What does it mean to not owe anyone pretty?


18:48 – PSA on 55 second long one rep Instagram videos. While this will be a topic later, here’s a teaser.


19:05 – The transition from Instagram group chat to TIFPL, the Instagram with 10 followers, to a much larger community


20:30 – TIFPL Manifesto

22:30 – Dudes and TIFPL / dudes who TIFPL


26:00 – Dude challenges and leveling the playing field – aka why TIFPL matters


28:20 – Fail videos, the Lifting Concern Police and vulnerability


29:30 – It’s ok to be “ugly” and not everything is a quest for gratification


30:50 – Owning your butt selfies and not trying to somehow link them back in to powerlifting


32:30 – “Juicy peaches” and other contrived bodily expectations – take ten lifters and you will have ten different bodies.


34:50 – YOU DO YOU.


35:30 – Being real, and expressing vulnerability – sometimes that includes fails.

38:00 – TIFPL challenge: To post our next fails.


38:30 – TIFPL bat signal – we need recommendations for an emoji


39:30 – Power Surge meet prep discussions


41:15 – Compared to WHAT: what/who are you comparing yourself to, and WHY?

42:30 – Meet performance – in the grand scheme of life, what does this one single meet really mean?


44:45 – Goal setting in powerlifting


47:05 – Shout-Outs

    • Sara Cowan – goes 200/110/218 at Ontario Junior/Sub-Junior Provincials in Ontario. Her squat surpasses her 197.5 world record from Worlds in June, while her deadlift is a 5.5 kilo (!!!) increase from her world record pull of 212.5, also at Worlds.

      Deadlift –
      You can find Sara on Instagram here @saracowan95

50:45 – Teaser for #TIFPLdirtbagconfessions

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The TIFPL Podcast is HERE!

Well, we done did it! We nervously made our way through the very first This Is Female Powerlifting Podcast! Check it out and tell us what you think! You can leave comments below or on YouTube or just shout it from the rooftops and we’ll listen!
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Get Over Yourself! Tough Love from a Powerlifting Megababe

Get over yourself. No really. I am here to serve up some tough love. Visualize some ‘80s talk show platform if you need to. Pretend I am wearing red glasses and gut-sucking pantyhose and according to a TV network I am some sort of expert about everything. I am looking straight into the camera and telling you to Get Over Yourself! Continue reading Get Over Yourself! Tough Love from a Powerlifting Megababe

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TIFPL on the Massenomics Podcast!

Tyler from Massenomics came all the way up to exotic Edmonton, Alberta to interview us about This is Female Powerlifting. We had a blast chatting about the project, how it began, how it took off and how much this growing community means to us. Check it out and leave a comment below to let us know what you think! Is it time for TIFPL to start our own podcast??

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Jaime, Gaia, Tyler, Darron and Beans

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This is Female Powerlifting: Our Manifesto

It’s not that we aren’t pretty. We are. Even those of us who don’t meet conventional beauty standards shine with an irresistible inner light. We are all megababes.

It’s not that we aren’t pretty. It’s that our beauty is irrelevant. In the moment we pit ourselves against the bar, using every ounce of strength and will at our command to move the weight it holds, we transcend “pretty.” To reduce what we do to how pleasing we are to look at or how fuckable we might be at the end of the day is worse than insulting; it’s boring. Continue reading This is Female Powerlifting: Our Manifesto