Be Relentless in Your Pursuit of Yourself

My name is Claire. I have been an athlete my entire life. I started lifting in high school to supplement my soccer and diving; and I kept lifting even after I stopped playing sports. I started competitively powerlifting about 9 months ago. Since then I have completed two meets with varying success. Regardless, I fell in love with the sport. Through a lot of time in athletics, I have been subjected to so many people’s opinions and biases and prejudices. Now I feel that I am finally at a point where I can do something about these ideas and make a stand in my community. Through my work I will reduce these prejudices for other women in sports.

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Maria Rodriguez
Celebrating Pilipinx History Month

October usually evokes a particular feeling, – falling leaves, crisp air, beautiful colors. It’s the feeling of Fall. And while most people are planning their trips to the pumpkin patches and deciding on their (non-appropriative) costumes, there is a tradition of recognition in October that doesn’t often get mainstream attention. Sharing the month with mental health awareness, Halloween festivities, and all of the noise before the holiday season, is one of my favorite October Celebrations – Pilipinx History Month!

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Maria Rodriguez
We need to do better.

For a couple of years now, gym culture has been using words that should have never been used in order to 'motivate' or inspire us.

We want to address how inappropriate some words can be, and just how unnecessary these words are for the fitness community. In the English language, there are more than a million total words, so pick another word to call your friend who just PR'd or won their race.

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Maria Rodriguez
Our Words Are Evolving

"Women are fifty-one percent of human kind. Empowering them will change everything. I can promise you that. Women working together, linked, informed, and educated can bring peace and prosperity to this forsaken land."
-Isabel Allende, author

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Maria Rodriguez
Activism in Powerlifting

*This is my narrative as a cis minority young woman. This is written to provoke thought and discussion; to challenge gender binaries in the white culture community I live in. This is written in hopes we can reevaluate society's gender roles and expectations of people who are curious about or hold place in the strength space.*

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Maria Rodriguez