Monthly Archives: August 2012


New Gym Underway

Opening day is coming soon, the new gym is well under way. And we’re excited to be delivering something new and completely unique to the JustLift brand. Below are some early pics of the build we’re leaving you as a teaser.






By |August 23rd, 2012|Blog, News, Uncategorized|Comments Off on New Gym Underway

Ancestral Health Symposium 2012

This past weekend saw a great gathering of the minds in the world of nutrition and health in Cambridge, MA at Harvard Law School for the Ancestral Health Symposium 2012. Many of the top recognizable names in the primal/paleo/ancestral health circle, such as Gary Taubes (Good Calories, Bad Calories),Robb Wolf (NorCal S&C, The Paleo Solution), Mathieu Lalonde (PhD Harvard, Ottawa native), Mark Sisson (Mark’s Daily Apple, the Primal Blueprint), and John Welbourn (former NFL player, CrossFit FootballEvolve Foods) gave presentations along with other top minds in the medical and nutrition field.


Dr. Boyd Eaton up now. #AHS12…

— Paleo Comfort Foods (@PaleoComfort) August 11, 2012


There was a lot of great discussion over the weekend, and it’s great to see the real food movement picking up momentum. You can catch up on a lot of the by the minute action on twitter (#ahs12).

By |August 12th, 2012|Blog, News, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Ancestral Health Symposium 2012

JustLift in the Ottawa Citizen

JustLift was recently contacted by Karen Chen (follow@ckaren15) of the Ottawa Citizen. She spoke with Coach/General Manager Greg Chin, and Athlete/Trainer Nancy Kozorezova to chat about their weightlifting experiences, and the buzz around the sport as a result of the Olympics in London.

From the article:

Niche sports get registration bumps thanks to Olympic medal halo

Weightlifting, judo, trampolining: These aren’t sports typically taught in gym class, but they’re the events that have put Canadians on the podium in London.

But in a burst of medal excitement, local judo dojos and weightlifting clubs started receiving calls from Ottawans inspired by Team Canada’s Olympic success within days after athletes picked up a bronze in women’s weightlifting and men’s judo.

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This article was also featured in Saturday’s print edition of the Ottawa Citizen, Ottawa’s largest daily newspaper.

It’s great to get some press and interest in the sport of weightlifting. Our goal though, is to take weightlifting from a niche sport and into the mainstream. It’s something that can be done year round, not just a couple weeks every 4 years!

By |August 11th, 2012|Blog, News, Uncategorized|Comments Off on JustLift in the Ottawa Citizen

Where’s the Smurf? Watching Ilya Ilyin dominate the Men’s 94kg!

A few members of JustLift in Ottawa had a little get together after some Saturday morning heavy training. Streaming the Men’s 94kg weightlifting session, we all got a chance to see Kazakhstan’s Ilya Ilin dominate the weight class with a world record performance. Ilyin finished with a 418 total, a full 9 kilos ahead of 2nd place finisher Alexandr Ivanov of Russia. The best part was that none of Ilyin’s lifts actually looked hard for him…

If you’ve been following the Canadian Olympic Weightlifting Team in London, you’ll have probably seen a few pictures of the team mascot, weightlifting smurf “Oumpf”. He’s becoming quite a celebrity, catching poses with Canada’s weightlifters and other top athletes. Well, we got a picture to show off some of Oumpf’s teammates back here in Canada cheering on the athletes in London.



By |August 5th, 2012|Blog, News, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Where’s the Smurf? Watching Ilya Ilyin dominate the Men’s 94kg!

Another Great Day on the Platform

Day 5 action in London saw Canada’s Marie-Eve Beauchemin-Nadeau compete in the women’s 69kg weightlifting. Although Christine Girard’s bronze medal performance yesterday would be tough to top, Marie-Eve put in a solid performance, topping the Group B competitors and finishing 8th overall with a 104 Snatch, 135 Clean & Jerk, and 239 Total.



Along with Annie Moniqui, Marie-Eve was competing in her first Olympics. At just 23, there’s a good chance it won’t be her last.

By |August 1st, 2012|Blog, News, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Another Great Day on the Platform