If Western Strength has a problem, it's that there's too much Western Strength. But this a problem we're happy to have during our first official year as a club. What follows are some reflections on the past year and, as it were, the state of the union. If you're new to the club and community, the most important thing is for you to meet people face to face, dip into a few of the (ever-increasing) Facebook groupchats oriented around various themes, and find your niche in Western Strength -- and to help advocate for it!
There are FIVE upcoming events related to lifting and eating that we are either hosting or recommend. The first is the squat clinic this Friday. Check them out!
On Saturday February 4th, a full twenty Western lifters converged on Seneca College in Markham, with an entourage of handlers, friends, partners, and parents, carrying bags, belts, shoes, and more snacks than we could possibly eat, feeling excited, nervous, calm, and increasingly sleepy and sweaty, especially the crew up for their 7am weigh ins. By 8pm that night, some 13 exhilarating and exhausting hours later...
Brace yourself: a slightly overwhelming amount of cool stuff has happened since our last major news update. This post will recap three things: our powerlifting panel at the end of October, our lifters’ meet results from the week that followed, and finally, our future plans (complete with new threads). ... (continued)
Interested in participating in a study that examines how intense resistance exercise in one location of the body influences other areas not exercised? Males accustomed to moderate resistance exercise are needed who can also tolerate needles for blood and muscle biopsy collection. If you are interested please see the ‘letter of information’ and contact Eric Kirk at firstname.lastname@example.org
With a few fall meets now under their belts, the powerlifters at Western Strength are officially off to an awesome start! This post will highlight the meet results of four lifters, all of whom competed in their very first powerlifting meets ever (hint: you should too). Abigail, Justin, and Vincent competed at the Scarborough Fall Qualifier, whereas Tyler competed in the Last Chance Zone Open. ... (continued)
Thanks to everyone who came out to our friendly and successful first meeting – Intro to Competitive Lifting! The room was packed and a few people even sat on the floor. Dr. Charles Stocking shared his insights into the philosophical side of lifting, exploring self-overcoming as it relates to Han’s Selye General Adaptation Syndrome. We learned about what ancient Greeks valued in body aesthetics (they prized kinetics), how to recover from injuries while training, ways to use periodization in programming, and what beginners should keep in mind when first starting out. But this talk was perhaps more personal than academic. Dr. Stocking bore witness to some amazing feats in old-school geared powerlifting and weightlifting, and he shared with us some brief encounters with icons like Mark Bell, Louie Simmons, and Pyrros Dimas. ... (continued)
Please mark down Sep. 22 and Oct. 21 on your calendars, the dates of our first ever classes! The first class is Introduction to Competitive Lifting (Sep. 22 @ 7pm). Dr. Charles Stocking tours you through various strength sports with his experiences and research as a powerlifter, strength coach, and professor of classics. Dr. Stocking combines an academic knowledge of Greek athletics and the history of sport with the practical wisdom only attainable by squatting 561 pounds (a state record he set). We'll also be discussing the future of Western Strength. Then for the Powerlifting Panel on Oct. 21 @ 2pm, a friendly group of student powerlifters will answer all your questions about lifting heavy things, combining their knowledge of their sport with their personal experiences.
Though our school has always had strong individual powerlifters, we now have a team called Western Strength registered with the Ontario Powerlifting Association! This is great news for anyone who wants to benefit from the friendly competition, camaraderie, and knowledge of teammates. We have lifters who will be competing under Western Strength a month from now in the Scarborough Fall Qualifier and more lifters competing under the name in the coming months. If you have any questions about competing within the CPU/OPA, please contact AJ at email@example.com or on facebook.
Welcome to the grand debut of Western Strength! In our first big post, we thank the people who have made this site possible and share our ambitious vision for shaping an inclusive, intelligent, democratic community of increasingly strong friends and athletes. We encourage you to start sharing our site with your friends and getting involved—fresh ideas, constructive criticism, promotion, and most importantly, meeting everyone in person. What does our motto, democratize strength, really mean? Let's find out! ...