2020 Year End Review

TSG 2020 Year End Review

2020 was a year like no other. We’d like to share some of our 2020 Year End Review highlights.

Australian Bush Fire Relief

Australian Wildfire Relief

We began a one week donation campaign at the start of January through our Coaching for a Cause program to provide financial assistance to the NSW Rural Fire Service (@nswrfs) in their fight against the fires. We managed to raise and donate $400 CAD to the organization during this one week campaign.

Athlete Management System Upgrade

Athlete Management System

Our group took another step forward in February when we released the 6th Edition of our Athlete Management System. This tool has opened up more program design & data analysis possibilities than we’ve ever had before. Including advancements in VBT, RPE profiling, and the analysis of training load data.

2020 Year In Review New Coach Vanessa Gale

Welcoming Vanessa Gale to the Team

At the beginning of February we welcomed Dr. Vanessa Gale (@prettystronglife) as our newest coach. Vanessa’s knowledge of the body and of different training techniques, as well as her presence within our community have been a tremendous asset to TSG. We look forward to continuing our work alongside her in the future.

2020 Year End Recap Teresa Parsons Cindy Leighton Nicola Paviglianiti

Canadian Powerlifting Nationals

In March 2020, TSG sent our biggest athlete Team to date to Canadian Powerlifting Nationals held in Winnipeg, Manitoba. TSG Coaches Jason @jasontsg and Alfred @alfredtsg attended to handle and support.

This Nationals proved to be a proud moment and highlight for our Team, including 5 National Champions and a 89% attempt success rate across all our athletes. Firstly, our M1 57kg athlete, @cindy_leighton winning her first M1 debut! TSG also had 4 National Open Champions (@storiesnotselfies, @mark_tbs8, @teresaparsons, @biggestben10). Notably, Ben Langley @biggestben10 successfully defended his 74kg Open National Championship and finished the meet as both the Best Overall Male Lifter, and Best Male Open Lifter across the competition.

Ben Langley Mark Tobias
Ben Langley & Mark Tobias
2020 Year End Recap CPU Nationals Mark Tobias
Mark Tobias

Tyler Wasyluk
Tyler Wasyluk
2020 Year End Recap CPU Nationals
Jason Tremblay, Teresa Parsons, Nicola Paviglianiti, Alfred Jong
2020 Recap Christine Aaron

Internship Program Recap

Another thing that we’re proud of this year is the steps forward that we’ve taken to improve our internship program. Each of our staff members has benefitted from having excellent mentors throughout their careers. In 2020 we improved how we are paying the mentorships we’ve received forward through group discussions and work on exciting new projects. Here is a list of what interns @tyler_hakamaki, @christinetrac, @aaron_edgley, @urbanmur, @7ann0, and @igorshvartsman and staff @alfredtsg, @jasontsg and @prettystronglife have worked on or discussed in the past year:

– Creating a calculator to perform meet math & projections

– Content creation for @PositionsOfPower about the fundamental theory of why specificity and variation are important for training.

– Exploring the ins & outs of programming, video analysis, client communication, and organization.

– Working with our 8-week training athletes @b.e.n.j.e.w_ & @jlu_lifts to apply learning into practice.

– Viewing the construction of the Calgary Flames 2021 Sports Science Hub

– Analysis of 2019-20 performance data to create statistical categories for the 2021 Flames season

– Transfer of historical data to the 2021 Sports Science Hub for the upcoming Flames season.

The internship program has been a pleasure to lead and we look forward to having it around schedules permitting for a long, long time to come. Thank you to Tyler, Christine, Aaron, Urban, Tanno, and Igor as well as Alfred and Vanessa for their contributions to our internship calls.

Urban Mur
2020 Recap Tanno De Pender
2020 Year End Review Igor Shvartsman
2020 Year In Review Jason U of C
Jason Tremblay Conducting Lecture at University of Calgary
2020 Year End Review Virtual Meet Champs

Virtual Powerlifting Meet

In October 2020, TSG hosted 49 competitors from 4 different continents in our first ever online powerlifting meet.  A panel of 12 volunteer IPF International referees judged videos to create a fair and world class competition experience. Notably, we had 11 Zimbabwe athletes participate, providing an accessible global meet with our charity partner Lift4Life Worldwide

2020 Year In Review Taylor Atwood

Record Breaking Performance of Taylor Atwood

TSG Athlete @t_atwood became the first 74 kg lifter to break the 800 kg mark. At 73.7 kg bodyweight he hit an incredible 293 kg (NR) squat, 199 kg (NR) bench, and 320 kg (NR) deadlift to total 812 kg (119.46 GL) ranking him 2nd all time in @theipf rankings behind Jesse Norris.

2020 Year End Recap Heidi Lewis

Record Breaking Performance of Heidi Lewis

TSG Athlete @heidistrong_  competed in the 84+ Female Junior Class and went 9/9 with all white lights. She hit huge PR’s including a 240.5kg deadlift which was a Junior American deadlift record, unofficial World Record, and was the 10th heaviest in the IPF across all female lifters. Heidi’s powerlifting journey has been supported by numerous TSG Coaches along the way, and very special was the fact this meet marked exactly 5 years to the day from her first USAPL meet in 2015.

2020 Year End Evie Corrigan

Record Breaking Performance of Evie Corrigan

TSG Athlete @beeevie win the 57 kg Female Open Class at New Zealand Nationals. Evie’s hard work and persistence paid off with personal bests in Squat (168kg), Bench Press (96.5kg) and Deadlift (200kg). Her total of 464.5 kg is the 3rd highest total ever recorded in the 57 kg weight class, and is 8 kg under the current world record!

Did You Enjoy Our 2020 Year End Review?

We would like to thank our athletes, TSG Team, and supporters for an incredible year. Looking forward to 2021.

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2019 Year In Review

In 2019 we learned more, gave more, and achieved more than ever before. We’re proud to share our Top 10 2019 year in review highlights with you.

Happy New Year!

TSG NYE 2019 Year in Review IPF World Championship

Kicking off with our historic achievements at the world championship in Sweden, giving back to the community, and breaking new ground with the Calgary Flames!

IPF World Championship

Taylor Atwood back to back champ. Eli Burks 2x champ.

TSG NYE 2019 Year in Review Giving Back
TSG NYE 2019 Year in Review Calgary Flames
TSG NYE 2019 Supporting Students
TSG NYE 2019 Supporting Community

Check out Our Team

TSG NYE 2019 Growing Our Team
TSG NYE 2019 Get Your Power Forums

Get Your Power Forums

National Championships

TSG NYE 2019 Year In Review National Championships
TSG NYE 2019 Continental Championships

Continental Championships

2019 Year in Review Achievements

TSG NYE 2019 Achievements

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HAPPY NEW YEAR from all of us at The Strength Guys


King Of The Lifts Podcast Featuring Lift4Life’s John Downing & Nicola Paviglianiti

King Of The Lifts Podcast Featuring Lift4Life

Recently, TSG’s John Downing & Nicola Paviglianiti were on King Of The Lifts  podcast.  This podcast is very inspiring to give your ears some learning gains and hear all about their travels to Zimbabwe with Lift4Life

John & Nicola joined 6 Pack Lapadat (@6packlapadat) and Paul Maranzan (@paulmaranzan_lifts) to discuss how powerlifting is being used as a tool to change lives in Africa! Check out this podcast on the King Of The Lifts  platform

The Strength Guys is a proud supporter of Lift4Life.   We have a partnership in place called Coaching For A Cause where a portion of monthly athlete fees goes to Lift4Life.  These funds have been used to employ local welders and to establish scholarships for young lifters. If you’re interested to get involved, check out the Lift4Life Worldwide page for further information.

Lift4Life Worldwide is an organization founded by John Downing which makes the sport of powerlifting a focal point for community development, empowerment, employment, and educational opportunities in Zimbabwe.  They are hoping to expand their reach in the near future.


TSG Team Members Spreading Strength In Zimbabwe


What does a simple set of weights have to do with changing the world? As a squatting scholar, I was determined to find out.

In my own life, I have experienced and witnessed the power of the barbell and the strength community. I’ve also come across a common love of lifting in a variety of unexpected places through my training while travelling – Kenya, China, Italy, you name it! As a result, my big humanitarian heart was curious as to the role strength training (and powerlifting in particular) could have in assisting and uplifting marginalized communities around the world.

Powerlifting is a sport that requires very minimal equipment, and the sport is accessible for all genders, ages, and body-types, including para-athletes. What could the impact be? Better yet, in what areas could we potentially use the sport in the future for positive change?

This led me to conduct my Masters thesis research in Zimbabwe over the course of this past year. To do so, I connected with the grassroots charity Lift4Life, based in the US. Since 2015, Lift4Life has been in partnership with communities in Zimbabwe. They have been providing funds and support to build gym equipment locally with very minimal resources, to help spread the power of powerlifting. This context and the collaboration with the local community provided a very unique opportunity to understand the reality and experiences of lifting participants and beneficiaries more formally and fully, as well as its potential relationship to accomplish humanitarian objectives.

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Nicola Paviglianiti has a Masters of Science in Humanitarian Action from University College Dublin, a Masters of Arts in Peace and Conflict Studies from Uppsala University, and BSc Honours Specialization in Health Sciences from Western University.  She is also a valued member of our TSG family in her Community Relations & Female Athlete Rep roles.