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Muy Thai: Ambassador Alex Ramirez

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Muay Thai Ambassador:  Alex Ramirez Muay Thai Fighter "Originally I began with powerlifting and had been competing for 3 great years, but always felt something was missing. It wasn’t until I did some self-reflection that brought me to the conclusion that, what I was missing inside myself was a huge lack of confidence. I was heavily bullied in high school and even in middle school. This caused a lacked the self-confidence within me, it became difficult to walk with my head high, not scared of anything that came my way. Although lifting heavy weights was great, the issue I kept facing was just the self-defense aspect of my life. I had no knowledge of what I can do in the...

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Highland Games Athlete: Kyle Lillie

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Highland Games Athlete:  Kyle Lillie Highland Games "I started as a track and field thrower in high school. I also competed in track and field throughout college for Arizona State University. For me, the Highland Games started as a way to continue throwing but, it has evolved into a complete passion! The Highland Games to me is a blend of Scottish culture and athletics. As a thrower with Scottish heritage, I feel that it is a sport that I was meant to do.  The KFKF message resonates with me because honestly, I’ve always been a big person. My pursuit of athletics has helped me stay in decent shape but my relationship with food has always been my struggle. The Kinda...

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Powerlifting Ambassador: Christine Musgrove

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Powerlifting Ambassador:  Christine Musgrove Powerlifter I stumbled upon Powerlifting by way of CrossFit; when I saw a group of thiccc dudes in the corner of my gym who weren’t doing any burpees or running. I was the first woman to join their strength group, and it was love at first squat! I finally felt at home – I had found my people. We supported each other, lifted heavyweights, and took long rests. It was heaven! Powerlifting led me to join a new gym focused on strength training. I made new friends almost immediately, and the vibe was exactly what I needed to grow stronger, both mentally and physically. I was finally confident enough to wear shorts in public and no...

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Rugby Athlete: Neamitupou Tuifua

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Rugby Athlete:  Neamitupou Tuifua Rugby Player "I fell in love with Rugby because it kept me away from the streets. I was a bad kid growing up; I grew up with friends that did drugs, got into trouble with the law, etc. My siblings introduced me to the game of rugby and it hit skyrocket from there! I ended up playing rugby and football year-round throughout high school and college. Rugby is my coping mechanism and my safe place. Rugby made me who I am today. It taught me a lot of stuff growing up like discipline, teamwork, unselfishness, respect, etc. Who would have known where I would be if it wasn't for Football or Rugby.  The KFKF message is...

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Strongman Ambassador: Ryan Ettner

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Strongman Ambassador:  Ryan Ettner Strongman "I had trained for years in bodybuilding style of training, and I had gotten so bored with my workouts. Then one day for fun, I decided to try the Log Press. Game Changer! I may have butchered the form (or just didn’t have any form at all), but it was the most fun I remember ever having while lifting! I fell in love with the style of training after my first official session with my coach. It's exciting and I look forward to seeing how far I can go! Being involved in Strongman training means a lot to me, honestly! I think that the community in strength sports is absolutely incredible! It has definitely made...

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Strongwoman Athlete: Gabriele Burgholzer

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Strongwoman Athlete:  Gabriele Burgholzer Strongwoman Growing up on a small farm in Austria I have always had to lift and move heavy, odd shaped objects, just like one has to do during Strongman competitions. It wasn’t until last year that I found my true passion and love for this sport. I started my lifting career when I joined the U.S. Army in 2013. I used the gym as a stress reliever from my daily duties as a Combat Medic. In 2018, I competed at my first bodybuilding competition as a physique competitor at the Aloha Muscle in Hawaii. I quickly realized that my inner fat kid was not fond of the constant dietary restrictions that came with competing in bodybuilding....

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Powerlifting Ambassador: Mike Shin

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Powerlifting Ambassador:  Mike Shin Powerlifter My fitness journey has been quite interesting. Growing up I mentally struggled with my physique because I was skinny and short. No matter how much I ate, even with my love for fast food, I had a hard time gaining weight. Looking back at my childhood, I would compare myself to others. I thought to myself.."I wish I was taller so I can be better at this sport" or "I wish I didn't look so skinny compared to my friends". Because of my size and weight I felt like I had to prove to others, so I always dreamed big with big goals. I started playing sports from a young age. I played basketball and...

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Powerlifting Athlete: Sarah Strong

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Powerlifting Athlete:  Sarah Strong Powerlifter “My journey into fitness began because I hated my body in my late teens. I was overweight, and I put myself through many unhealthy diets trying to get skinny. In 2011, I decided to become certified as a personal trainer so that I could learn about weightlifting and healthier ways to live. It wasn’t until 2015, though, that I found powerlifting. After competing in my first meet after just three months of training, I was hooked. I fell in love with being strong, and I started working out because I LOVED my body, not because I hated it. Powerlifting not only made me physically stronger, but it also made me mentally and emotionally stronger. In...

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Powerlifting Athlete: Jannessa Labbate

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Powerlifting Athlete:  Jannessa Labbate Powerlifter “My path to finding powerlifting was far from linear, to say the least. Honestly, my life in the fitness world has been all over the spectrum, going from one extreme to another. It all started when I was a sophomore in high school. I wanted to lose a little weight, tone up a bit, you know, the usual goals for the aspiring beginner. But, what was a little goal turned into an unfortunate few years of mental and physical struggle. It was like a flip of a switch. I didn't know how or why it started, and even to this day, I still don’t. I developed a body dysmorphia issue and was quickly consumed by...

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Strongman Athlete: Jose Baez

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Strongman Athlete: Jose Baez Professional Amateur  Strongman “My fitness journey began as an attempt to rehab myself after a nice college football career came to a close. I played on the offensive line, and since I was done playing, I didn’t see the need to stay as big as I was, so I tried everything I could to lose the extra weight I had packed on. It was about 6 months in that I realized that lifting really heavy was a lot more fun than being smaller. Over the next 4 years I did nothing but work on my strength and cardio, which ultimately lead me to find strongman and powerlifting. I relate to KFKF’s mission because I simply don’t...

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