Episode 11: A Series of Fortunate Events

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Hosts Patrick Costello and Andy Blaida revitalize the Podcast by recapping the events of 2020 and sharing Keep Pulling’s plans for 2021! Learn more about the Keep Pulling Grand Prix Series that ties our three events together (Spring, Summer, Fall) with a fourth and final event, the Grand Prix Finals […]

Episode 10: Creating the Concept of Community

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Host Patrick Costello is joined by special guest co-host Elizabeth Klauka to discuss the concept of #community in the Weightlifting world. We’ll define community, ways to build and engage it, and then take a bonus trip down memory lane with our previous 11 competitions and other community events! Make sure […]

Episode 9: It’s Not Arnold, It’s Mark Cannella!

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Hosts Andy and Patrick sit down with Mark Cannella from Columbus Weightlifting! Mark is the creator and Meet Director for the Arnold Weightlifting Championships since its inaugural year in 2003, is a Senior International Coach with USA Weightlifting, has coached multiple world teams, and won numerous coaching awards during his […]

Episode 8: “Which one is Pedro?” with Pedro Meloni

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Hosts Andy and Patrick interview Pedro Meloni, the Director of Events and Sponsorships for USA Weightlifting! Learn about his role at USA Weightlifting, dive into the planning process of national and international competitions, and figure out “which one is Pedro”! Live video version of this episode is available on our […]

Episode 7: Postponed (COVID-19)

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Hosts Andy and Patrick talk through the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) worldwide crisis and how it is affecting USA Weightlifting, clubs and gyms, and small businesses in their community. We also recap the AO Series 1 at the Arnold Classic in Columbus, OH and streamed the podcast LIVE on our Discord […]

Episode 6, Part 2 — A Competition Survival Guide

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Hosts Andy and Patrick continue their talk on all things events within USA Weightlifting! Learn how to navigate a USA Weightlifting sanctioned event from an Event Director’s perspective! Andy and Patrick together have hosted 10 sanctioned competitions by Keep Pulling, thrown countless community events and seminars, and have assisted USA […]

Episode 6, Part 1 – A Competition Survival Guide

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Hosts Andy and Patrick talk all things events within USA Weightlifting! Learn how to navigate a USA Weightlifting sanctioned event with views from both the athletes’ and coaches’ perspectives. Andy and Patrick together have hosted 10 sanctioned competitions by Keep Pulling, thrown countless community events and seminars, and have assisted […]

Episode 5: Remote Coaching and Training to Win with Arielle Murray

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Hosts Andy and Patrick interview Keep Pulling’s¬†original Remote Athlete, Arielle Murray!¬†Arielle is a CrossFit and nutrition coach at Cigar City CrossFit in Tampa, FL has been with Keep Pulling for over 3 years. In that time, she has earned the titles of 58KG Alaska State Champion, 64KG Florida State Champion, […]

Episode 4: If the Shoe Fits, We Review It!

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Hosts Andy and Patrick review the latest Weightlifting shoes on the market. We touch on 6 main points of each shoe, read through listener reviews, and give our two cents on the best shoes. Our list includes: Nike Romaleo 2 & 3, Adidas Leistung, AdiPower, and Powerlift 2.0, Reebok Legacy, […]

Episode 3: World Class Lifting with Hala Paiva from Team Lebanon

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In this episode, we interview Hala Paiva, a 64KG Weightlifting competitor fresh off of her top 20 performance at the 2019 IWF World Championships and her husband Ryan Paiva, the web developer behind LiftingLife. Hala has been competing for over 15 years — she is the first Lebanese woman to […]