Level UP: Getting Strong and Lean (on a Vegan Diet)

Level UP: Getting Strong and Lean (on a Vegan Diet)

I always used to think that you can’t lose weight and get stronger at the same time. I was wrong In the last four months I’ve lost almost 8kg (I went from 65/143lbs to 57kg/125lbs at 160cm/5’3″) and made major strength gains in my squat and deadlift, as well as bodyweight work like pull-ups and pistol squats, while maintaining strength in bench (always my weakest lift). How did I do it? Actually it wasn’t too complicated. I basically made four…

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Am I a real powerlifter now?

Am I a real powerlifter now?

I did it! Yesterday was my first powerlifting meet and it was awesome! I’ve been training for this meet specifically for the last 13 weeks, with a program written for me by my coach, Ten, based on the Juggernaut peaking program, and yesterday was the culmination of all that work. From the beginning of this training block (in October) here’s how I did (and I’m talking competition legal lifts here, not partial squats): My squat went from 70kg to 90kg…

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Becoming Less vs Becoming More

Becoming Less vs Becoming More

When I started to lose weight after my gallbladder surgery in 2012, I was super excited about the numbers on the scale consistently and progressively going down. To be sure, I needed to lose that weight, but in the last year or so, I’ve realized that I’m a lot more interested in what I can gain rather than what I need to lose. What I’m talking about here is a mindshift. A shift away from validation about looks based on…

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straight up strength

straight up strength

I’ve been mixing up my training a bit over the last few months. Mostly because of travel (for work and for fun), but also because I love learning and I’ve had a few opportunities to work with different trainers which means I get to learn new things. Yay! My training (with Ten) right now is focusing on getting competition ready, but for the previous six weeks or so, I was training with Jeff Smith, who taught me some new ideas…

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why powerlifting?

why powerlifting?

I signed up for my first powerlifting competition this week, which just so happens to be the first ever powerlifting competition in Thailand too! (Yes, I’m probably going to repeat that ad nauseam for a while…) I am both super excited and also scared. How did I become a person who signs up for competitions based on feats of strength? Side note: for those who are not familiar with powerlifting, it is a form of strength training that focuses on three…

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the backstory

the backstory

For someone who’s been blogging for almost 12 years (both personally and professionally), I’m finding this post surprisingly hard to write… where to start? I guess I’ll start with right now. I’m super excited to be starting this blog because it combines two of my absolute favorite things: technology (the collaborative, creative, sharing kind; not so much the boxes and wires kind) and lifting heavy things. I’ve only just discovered a love of lifting, but I’ve been a technology and…

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