Welcome to the grand debut of Western Strength! Before we thank dozens of our fellow lifters for their help, insight, and inspiration, designer and lifter Nathan Calvank needs to be recognized for initially designing this site with many hours of generous consultation.
Our goal is to provide students, alumni, staff, and faculty with an (up)lifting community no matter their passions in the world of strength—powerlifting, Olympic weightlifting, CrossFit, strong(wo)man, bodybuilding, and physique—or help discover them in the first place. We want to encourage a flourishing range of the newest novices to the most experienced lifters.
We aspire to reach out to the greater Western community and invite them to experience the wonders of strength training extending far past the physical realm. We have introductory courses for beginners and beyond coming for the fall semester and a powerlifting team registered with the OPA. Until then, we invite you to start meeting your future swolemates through facebook and of course in person. Please start getting familiar with the site, give us feedback, suggest improvements and new areas, and of course—please spread the word!
Our dream, in two words, is to democratize strength. Indeed the Greek word for 'power' lives within demo-cracy, or 'people-power'. Like every community of lifters, we want to become stronger. Yet unlike certain communities, we want everyone, at every level, to participate and have power. Thus we seek to produce elite lifters without producing elitism: a difficult but worthy ambition. And unlike other communities, we are committed to lifting the art, science, technique, and discipline of strength training out of its anti-intellectual cavern and echo chamber: a murky lair of broscience, gymlore, scam supplements, vanity, sexism, and the other slimy scraps of ‘gym culture.’ Of course, we want to salvage and celebrate the best parts of this same culture: comradery, empowerment, the pursuit of strength and health, the agency over our bodies, and, should the need arise, the ability to lift heavy objects (even if they never needed or asked to be lifted anyway).
Our gratitude to all the friends and athletes who have strengthened our community and who will carry it forward. There are too many too name. But even though Nicola and Robyn have left the province, these two awesome and awesomely strong friends should be highlighted as symbols and role models for Western Strength. Thanks to them, and countless like-minded lifting comrades, we already have a strong and empowering community: the task of Western Strength, then, is to organize it, spread its message, and send our athletes aloft.
The Western Strength Editors