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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Kimberly Walford Lift4Life Outreach TSG Silver Sponsor

Kimberly Walford Joining Lift4Life Outreach Trip to Zimbabwe

Kimberly Walford @trackfu and 12 other powerlifters from around the world will be joining Lift4Life Outreach event on the ground in Harare, Zimbabwe. They will spend their time together learning from one another via powerlifting workshops at Lift4Life donated gyms  They will also host a big community powerlifting meet where youth scholarships will be awarded combining academics and athletics.  The Strength Guys are proud to be Silver Sponsors for this event.

Lift4Life empowers marginalized communities through strength training and the sport of powerlifting. They work together with communities to address local needs and make sport accessible to all.


TSG Silver Sponsor

We have been working closely with Lift4Life  and we’re excited to be an official event Silver Sponsor for the upcoming outreach trip with Kimberly Walford    They are hosting a huge powerlifting meet in Zimbabwe on July 21st we are excited to be a part of. .

We have been working as a partner to the charity since its founding, and through our Coaching For A Cause initiative we have been supporting Lift4Life and the use of powerlifting within communities around the world that need it most.

A portion of all athlete fees go directly to the charity, and our team has been able to support a number of lifters in marginalized communities through scholarships and funding gym donation. If you are interested in becoming a TSG athlete, check out our COACHING SERVICES or CONTACT US for more information.

Kimberly Walford Lift4Life Outreach Event
Kimberly Walford Lift4Life Outreach Event in Zimbabwe


TSG Youth Lifting Scholarships In Zimbabwe | Lift4Life

The Strength Guys is very excited to share that we recently sponsored and presented two youth lifting scholarships in Zimbabwe through our partnership with the charity Lift4Life

Since February, TSG has started a #CoachingForACause initiative where a portion of all our coaching fees go towards spreading strength around the world to underprivileged communities that need sport the most.

Lift4Life hosted a local community meet over in Zimbabwe on Sunday, June 3rd, led by Team Member Nicola Paviglianiti. Here, The Strength Guys sponsored scholarships were presented for both the Best Junior Female and Best Junior Male lifter. It is intended that these scholarships go towards helping these lifters complete their schooling and pursuing their career aspirations, while also supporting their passion for powerlifting.

Kelly Chiripa was the female youth scholarship recipient. A Zimbabwe Strength Gal at its finest!

         Kelly Overwhelmed With Scholarships



Youth Scholarships Female Strength GalFemale Youth Scholarships - Kelly


Kelly weighed in at 64.8kg, with a best squat of 60kg, bench of 30kg, and deadlift of 80kg. This strong gal is 15 years old and in Form 2 (the equivalent to Grade 10) in the suburb of Mabvuku in Harare. Kelly trains after school and on weekends on the Lift4Life donated powerlifting equipment within her community.



It was a special moment witnessing her receive her scholarship, as she was in absolute shock and was close to tears of joy during the presentation. Speaking with Nicola after the meet, the young girl spoke about how her favourite lift was the squat, and how the best thing about powerlifting was that it makes her feel “confident” and her “body strong”. Kelly is still unsure of what she wants to do after she completes school, however, she says she wants to teach other girls about powerlifting and inspire them to also join the sport.

Male Youth Scholarships - Isaac

Isaac Zinyembe was the male youth scholarship recipient. This young lifting lad is 22 years old, and has already been lifting for 7 years! He started when he was in Form 2 (grade 10) at the age of 15 after a friend introduced him to lifting weights – he hasn’t looked back since! At the meet, Isaac weighed in at 53.4kg finishing with a 90kg squat, 70kg bench, and a huge 140kg deadlift.

Isaac completed highschool, however, has been unable to pursue any further studies and is currently unemployed due to Zimbabwe’s economic situation. He has a dream of pursuing a career in the area of sports and physical activity, and this scholarship will hopefully motivate him and provide him the means to do so. Isaac has “a love for speed” and enjoys making weights move fast. He hopes to compete again soon, and has already been back to the weights and training this past week. 

Male Scholarships - Isaac All Smiles With Nicola and Ben


TSG is so honoured for this opportunity to impact lives, and we are excited to continue to work together with Lift4Life to spread the power of powerlifting.




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TSG’s Lift4Life Donation

TSG is excited to announce that our team officially made our first Lift4Life donation  through our #CoachingForACause partnership! Our donations will be put towards funding local lifter scholarships in Zimbabwe. We will be helping young and deserving lifters pursue their education and provide them livelihood opportunities through powerlifting. 

 TSG’s Lift4Life Donation
Through our partnership, a portion of ALL monthly athlete fees from our coaching services are donated to help support powerlifting in areas of the world that need the sport the most. We look forward to sharing the stories of the scholarship recipients in the weeks to come! 
Interested in becoming the best athlete you can be?
Interested in becoming the best athlete you can be, while also supporting other athletes? Check out our  Coaching & Consulting Services where a portion of the fee goes directly to Lift4Life, or you can make a donation on our behalf on the Lift4Life website to help us reach our goal. 
More to come in June
TSG’s Community Relations Rep, Nicola Paviglianiti will be in Zimbabwe in a couple of weeks and will work closely with the young lifters to make a difference.  Stay tuned as our story unfolds.
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Coaching For A Cause

The Strength Guys is excited to announce our partnership with the charity Lift4life!

Through our commitment, every month $5 from every athlete fee will go directly to help sponsor a TSG community gym in Zimbabwe. You can check out the details on the  Coaching Services on our website

Lift4life was founded in 2015 by one of TSG’s own coaches John C. Downing. The charity uses strength training and the sport of powerlifting as a means to provide humanitarian assistance and address needs within marginalized communities. The organization provides funding support for lifting equipment, as well as training and resource support for local coaches and athletes. Within this context, the sport of powerlifting is addressing drug abuse, promoting health, fostering women empowerment, reducing crime, and providing employment and livelihood opportunities – to only name a few.

We have seen Lift4Life grow and have incredible impact since its start, and we feel very honoured for the opportunity to give back – its important to TSG to uplifting athlete all over the world to ensure they are the best they can be.

Interested in helping us contribute to our goal? Sign up for one of our coaching services and check out our partnership page for additional ways to get involved.

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