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The "Sarah Robles Standard"
by Pretty Strong
posted September 23, 2014 at 8:58pm

Every once in a while, I get to thinking that there's some kind of "Sarah Robles Standard." This is a standard by which I seem to be held and most times, no one else. I spoke with an old coach of mine the other day and asked him about this. The answer was...more

Jessica Marie Salvaggio: i chose happiness
by Pretty Strong
posted August 13, 2014 at 1:52pm

Lately I've been thinking about what I should blog about so hard my brains been hurting. I've gotten lots of requests and people asking me whats going on in my life pre and post National Championships and why I haven't been writing. Truthfully I'm not rea...more

Life of a Weightlifter: Where you been, Sarah?
by Pretty Strong
posted January 3, 2014 at 2:44pm

Ok, so obviously, I have not been very active on the interweb the past few months and it all has to do with my inability to compete. Sad face. I know you're all thinking, "Man, I miss Sarah. Where has she been my whole, past, few months?"  The answe...more

The Power of 100%
by Marissa Kastanek
posted September 6, 2013 at 9:32am

"Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard." Kevin Durant. Giving 100% at every given moment will allow success at many levels. Coaches can see when an athlete leaves everything on the field of play and that is a key when recruiting....more

Have Men Met Their Match?
by SportBlogger
posted August 25, 2013 at 7:16pm

As old wives tales would have it, men are stronger than women. And in many cases, this is true. However, as a certified fitness trainer who develops sport-specific workouts, I’ve witnessed a big difference between men and women....more

10 Commandments of Leadership
by Marissa Kastanek
posted August 12, 2013 at 9:33pm

Leadership is a quality that is important for all areas of life. Sports is a great arena for learning leadership but it must done in the correct way. Ryan Goodson has created 10 Commandments every person must do if they want to be a great leader.I recentl...more

Conclusion of the Weightlifting National Championships via @roblympian
by Pretty Strong
posted August 1, 2013 at 9:23pm

Well, I have internet and a few minutes so I thought I'd tell you about how the National Championships turned out for me. I suppose when Jessica is ready, she'll do the same. Because I love Clint Eastwood so much, I will write this in "The Good, The Bad a...more

Nationals Fan Contest!! via @roblympian & @jessicamarie979
by Pretty Strong
posted July 27, 2013 at 9:25am

hey everyone!! i'm sure you're in love with us by now because we're so beautiful and funny on our vlogs but we're also kinda strong! I wanted to remind everyone we have a contest going right now and tomorrow at 5pm is the last chance to submit a guess...more

Week before the National Championships (weightlifting)
by Pretty Strong
posted July 21, 2013 at 8:10pm

I just wanted to let you know what the week before my National Championships is going to look like. Everyone has different rituals, strategies, and methodologies. No one program is the same; nor is there one that works for every athlete. See how Jessica a...more

My bracelets are here!!! via @roblympian
by Pretty Strong
posted July 18, 2013 at 9:10am

Ok. I am really excited! For many reasons of course. Firstly, the fabled bracelets are finally here. Show everyone that you're Pretty Strong. The proceeds from these bracelets go to me, Sarah Robles. To get yours, donate $5 to the "Team Robles" paypal ...more

Calling all Athletes!
by EmilyAzevedo
posted July 17, 2013 at 4:19pm

Elite athletes are constantly under a media microscope and are considered role models in the eyes of society regardless if it is something they desire. In a world where the tragic stories of Aaron Hernandez and Oscar Pistorious are what’s spread ov...more

Once Upon a Time...The Story of Two Female Weightlifters
by Pretty Strong
posted June 4, 2013 at 12:19pm

Once upon a time in a small town no one has ever heard of in the second half a state no one knew even had a second half, Jessica and I met. You can call it "destiny" if you want. Yeah, let's call it that. We can be Destiny's Children. We are bootylicious,...more

Professional Rugby Player Phaidra Knight signs with Heraea Marketing
by HeraeaMarketing
posted May 8, 2013 at 8:18pm

Phaidra Knight chooses the right team...more

The goings on with Sarah
by Pretty Strong
posted April 18, 2013 at 10:53pm

That doesn't make much sense does it? Well, it's a Family Guy reference...so there. Anywho, just thought I'd let you know what's going on with me lately. I recently accepted the invitation to be on the Pan American Championship Team. I will be contendin...more

Keep Calm and Snatch On
by Pretty Strong
posted March 6, 2013 at 8:18am

'Member when you were learning cursive and you were all like..bro this is korean it's not even english? OR OR do you remember when you were in math class learning ANYTHING it was like ummm this is some Russian shiz? Well, that's how I feel learn...more

Hanging on by a thread by Jess
by Pretty Strong
posted February 24, 2013 at 9:28am

You know during your training cycle when the work load is so much every inch of your body feels like it was individually ripped off and run over by a semi truck and then someone in Mexico with a "medical license" sewed it all back on piece by piece leavi...more

No Dessert Challenge- Day 21 (via Pretty Strong)
by Pretty Strong
posted February 20, 2013 at 8:00pm

Ok so I started my "No Desserts Challenge" on the Wednesday before February started so I'm technically at 21 days here (saving I did my math correctly. :) ) Got a head start, sucka fishes! No soda was pretty easy for me. I knew desserts would be hard, wh...more

Just for women sports 24/7 coming our way
by HeraeaMarketing
posted February 12, 2013 at 7:46pm

Sports Channel for Women TV...more

i wish i may i wish i might -j ( via Pretty Strong)
by Pretty Strong
posted February 11, 2013 at 8:08am

Why it'd be nice to have a sponsor as an Olympic hopeful... to be able to give everything i have into my dream not to be stressing about $ for rent/food/travel to maybe sometime be able to fly home and see my family once a year? t...more

skyscraper by jess (via Pretty Strong)
by Pretty Strong
posted February 2, 2013 at 9:06am

As i'm sitting in my room on my off day (in between how i met your mother episodes) i'm texting Aimee talking about training/competition and the emotional part of it. You know like what makes us strong mentally. I've learned i have a few weaknes...more

Considering getting a new lifting bar?
by Pretty Strong
posted January 31, 2013 at 8:17pm

Here is my expert opinion on some weightlifting bars you may be considering. My opinion is based on both personal experience and the experience of my peers. I have them ranked in order from best to worst based on thesee qualities: Knurling, bar spin, bar...more

What drives me? (via Pretty Strong)
by Pretty Strong
posted January 15, 2013 at 8:16am

Jolie Gentry. Crossfit Games champion, mom, detective, and olympic lifter. lets back up a little bit. I'm training for the Arnold Classic. All i've been doing is thinking about the American Open. How i felt, what i did to make successful lifts, what i ne...more

Millionaire Max & Deborah the deliverah by jess
by Pretty Strong
posted January 5, 2013 at 9:20am

Do you ever feel bipolar? Today I woke up (reluctantly) to my alarm got ready for work went about my normal routine and wasn't in any particular mood. Then my arch enemy slash co-worker showed up who 1. scares the poop out of my intestines 2. makes me s...more

No Limitations: by Jess
by Pretty Strong
posted December 31, 2012 at 8:13am

So now that i'm getting older and my body is just like let me be my own person.. and my own person is a fat happy Italian woman i've learned (thanks to the Everetts) i need to put some limitations on what i'm eating. You know those dumb teenagers that ea...more

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