2016 Give The Gift of Lift!


It’s never been a better time to give “The Gift of Lift” to that special someone…..or yourself, this upcoming holiday season!


Just as the Elves are busy working away in Santa’s workshop, Farm Strong Coaches are busy trying to find ways to optimize  athletes performances, and help more people improve their Olympic lifts.

So in the upcoming year Farm Strong will be running new Weightlifting Workshops, which will be similar to the full day Farm Strong Weightlifting Seminar, but will be much shorter in length, and only focus on one lift per workshop.  These workshops will give athletes an opportunity to learn Farm Strong training methods, fine tune their existing technique, as well as help new club members “on ramp” into regular training sessions.

The first Weightlifting Workshop will be held on January 8, 2017, will run for 90 minutes, and will be focusing on the Snatch. Purchase your pass now for:   $40+tax BUY NOW

As always we will be selling our $50 gift cards, which make the perfect stocking stuffer for the weightlifting enthusiast! (click on picture to purchase)

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Also to help with all those New Years Resolutions, we will be making some changes to our club membership packages.

Starting January 1, 2017 we will be offering the following:

Future Champs Membership

For ages 9, and now up to age 20 to cover the full age range of a Youth and Junior age athlete. For more info on this program visit SERVICES.

Cost: Discounted now at  $80+tax per month (unlimited sessions per week)  BUY NOW

Unlimited Membership

We are doing away with our 2 coached sessions per week membership and now offering our Unlimited Membership for the price of our old 2x plan! For more info on this program visit SERVICES.

Cost: Discounted now at  $120+tax per month (unlimited sessions per week, no contracts)  BUY NOW

Purchase 6 months up front and receive 10% off, bringing monthly rate to $108+tax per month, BUY NOW

Purchase Unlimited Membership before January 7, 2017, and receive a free pass to January 8th Weightlifting Workshop.

Once a Week Membership

This is a great membership option for those that train at other facilities or home gyms,  would like to compete and be coached by Farm Strong at Weightlifting competitions, and can only make it to regular scheduled coaches sessions 1x per week ( 4 x per month).  Membership also includes access to all Open Gym times, as well as online programming through included app.

Cost: $80+tax per month BUY NOW

Open Gym Membership

Access to gym to train during non coached hours, during non scheduled training session times.

Cost: $50+tax per month BUY NOW

Also this January will mark our two year anniversary, and we be giving away some prizes!  To enter, find the social media post with the picture attached below, and enter 1 of three ways: Share the post on your Facebook wall, re-post it on your instagram feed and tag @farm_strong_athletics, or re-tweet it on your twitter feed.

From all of us at Farm Strong we wish everyone a happy holiday season, and New Year filled with many new personal bests.  If you have any questions we would be happy to help you, please contact us!

New! Open Gym Membership

We just added a new membership for people who want to fly solo!

Open Gym membership, is for those that would like to use the gym during non-coached hours, and not attend any coached training sessions. After going through the initial free athlete assessment, member may receive a 4 digit individualized door code to gain access to the gym to train. Membership also has a one time $40 setup/admin fee to cover the programming of the gym entry system.

Cost: $50+tax per month BUY NOW

Bull Pen Championship August 27, 2016

Bull Pen Farm Strong

This past weekend marked the beginning of a new Olympic Weightlifting competition series for youth and junior athletes ages 9 to 20.  This series is meant to give young athletes more opportunities to compete along side their peers, grow the sport of Olympic Weightlifting, and demonstrate the fitness and sports performance benefits of this style of training.

The August 27th contest ran very well, and there are big plans for this series moving forward. With the timing of other AWA meets and the upcoming Alberta Youth/Junior provincials on November 5, Farm Strong will be moving the rest of the dates in the Bill Pen series into 2017.  The dates for the 2017 Bull Pen Championship Series will be Feb 25, May 27, and August 26.  This will give other clubs from other towns and provinces more time to prepare their younger athletes.

Farm Strong is very proud of all of the athletes that participated in this first contest, below is a write up of the days events.

Session 1IMG_1283 ( left to right: Lincoln Taylor, Musa Elmahdi, Muslim Elmahdi 56kg, Harley Glugosh, Kellen Lockwood, Kaleb Scott, Zane Moreau, Vaughn Hutchinson, Eric Hutchinson )

Session 1 saw 9 athletes, all competing in their first contest.  The ages in this session ranged from 9 to 12 years of age.  With one athlete in the 56kg youth class, and 8 athletes competed in the 50kg youth weight class, all were under 40kg!  It was a very entertaining contest with only kilograms separating 1st and 2nd place, and a dog fight for 3rd place.  Full score sheet at Bull Pen ChampionshipsIMG_1352

( left to right: Kellen Lockwood 2nd, Lincoln Taylor 1st, Kaleb Scott 3rd )

Session 2IMG_1369

( Left to Right: Deanna Eng 53kg, Zach Latimer 77kg, Steven Cox 77kg, Abbey Laviolette, Katelynn Wagner 63kg, Kaydon Wagner 77kg, Brandon Meja 69kg, Adam Glugosh 62kg )


Session 2 saw 8 athletes competing across multiple weight classes, it was the first competition for all but two of the athletes, with a full contest in the 77kg weight class.  Full score sheet at Bull Pen Championships

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(Left to right: Steven Cox 3rd, Zach Latimer 1st, Kaydon Wagner 3rd)

Medals were given to the top 3 in each weight class,  as well as awards for:

IMG_2131Best male lifter: Zach Latimer


Best Female Lifter, and Best Clean and Jerk Technique: Deanna Eng


Best Snatch Technique: Kellen Lockwood

If you would like to see photos from the event please click here!

A huge thank you to all the Farm Strong Club members that volunteered to help run this contest, to Dresdin Archibald for announcing, CrossFit Edmonton for a great venue, Moolyk Strength &Conditioning, Guy in a Garage Weightlifting for bringing your athletes to compete, and the Alberta Weightlifting Association for your support.

If you are interested sponsoring the series moving forward, or interested on how to get your young athlete involved, please contact us through the website.

Thank you to the Bull Pen Champs!

We had a well attended competition for young weightlifters this past Saturday. Thank you for everyone who participated and came to cheer on our champs.

If you would like to see photos from the event please click here!

The Bull Pen Championship Series

Farm Strong Athletics is proud to present The Bull Pen Championship Series, starting August 27, 2016.  The contest will held at CrossFit Edmonton located at #50, 320 Circle Drive
St. Albert, AB.   Session times will be 1pm, and 3pm.

This will be the first of three Olympic Weightlifting contests, for youth and junior athletes, ranging from ages 9 to 20 years of age. The goal of this series is to encourage young athletes to try the sport of Weightlifting, and provide more competitions for existing junior and youth athletes to compete against their peers.

These contests will be open to all male and female athletes that fall in the above mentioned age range, and the athletes will compete in the categories specified in the IWF rules, according to their bodyweight. http://www.iwf.net/weightlifting_/participants/

Body Weight Categories for Youth and Junior men:

50kg, 56kg, 62kg, 69kg, 77kg, 85kg, 94kg, 105kg, +105kg

Body Weight Categories for Youth and Junior Women:

44kg, 48kg, 53kg, 58kg, 63kg, 69kg, 75kg, +75kg

Each contest in the series will award the top 3 athletes in each weight category, as well as award the best male and female lifters from the contest.

At the end of the three contest series, awards will be given, and overall champions will be declared.  More info on this to be released in coming weeks.

Athletes will also be able register official totals from these contests, if they are a member with the Alberta Weightlifting Association (AWA), AWA memberships for youth and junior age athletes are free for the first year, and athletes can register for their free memberships at: http://www.albertaweightlifting.com/awa-membership/

As these meets are to encourage and promote the sport of Weightlifting, coaches will be allowed to choose the barbell they would like their young athlete to use in the contest.

Barbells to be used will ether be 5kg, 10kg, 15kg, or 20kg in weight.

The minimum opening attempt weight will be 10kg, and the 5kg bar will be switched out after the weight has exceeded 19kg.

Registration for the August 27, 2016 contest is now open, and the deadline to enter will be August 17.

Registration fee: $25+tax REGISTER NOW

Stay tuned to this web page as we will be announcing more information on the series, future dates, the venues, sponsorships opportunities, and much much more.

For further questions http://farmstrong.ca/contact/


Future Champs Program

Registration is open for youth ages 14-18 who want to improve their sports performance over the summer. We help athletes develop their skill over the summer with strength and power training to compliment whichever sport they are involved in.

Athletes will have the opportunity to learn olympic weightlifting, basic gymnastics, plyometrics, and extensive conditioning drills in a fun, safe, and fully supervised environment! The program is designed to address the needs of athletes of all sports.

Program runs 5pm on weeknights and as the athlete progresses, they will be allowed access to all scheduled training sessions.  Dependent on maturity levels we will work with athletes as young as 9 years of age, as long as we have space remaining in that age bracket.   CONTACT

Cost: Discounted now at  $80+tax per month (unlimited sessions per week)  BUY NOW

Spring Sale


Interested in joining our team?

Whether you are training for “Olympic” Weightlifting, health and wellness, or sports performance.  Our Coaching staff can help you with your goals.

We are currently offering our Original Monthly Membership to new athletes and trainees until the end of the month, and have made some changes to all our memberships for those athletes and team members that cant get to us on a regular basis.

Unlimited Monthly Membership

UNTIL May 31, 2016:
$150+tax / month – 6 month commitment             BUY NOW

$195+tax / month – month to month                      BUY NOW

AFTER May 31, 2016:

$160+tax / month – 6 month commitment             BUY NOW

$195+tax / month – month to month                      BUY NOW

Once a Week, Or Twice a Week Memberships

$80+tax / month – One training session per week.       BUY NOW

$120+tax / month – Two training sessions per week.   BUY NOW


Using the Wodify app, that comes with all Farm Strong Memberships, our remote athletes can now follow along with our team programing, receive video review, and be coached at competitions. 


U18 Future Champs Membership

Is Farm Strong’s long term sports development program for athletes under 18 years of age.  Athletes will have the opportunity to learn Olympic Weightlifting, basic gymnastics, plyometrics, and extensive conditioning drills in a fun, safe, and fully supervised environment! The program is designed to address the needs of athletes of all sports.

The program runs 5pm on weeknights and as the athlete progresses, they will be allowed access to all scheduled training sessions.  Dependent on maturity levels we will work with athletes as young as 9 years of age, as long as we have space remaining in that age bracket.   CONTACT

 Cost: Discounted now at  $80+tax per month (unlimited sessions per week)  BUY NOW

Free Assessment 

Have questions about our training methods? Not sure which of our services best suit your needs? Our free 30min consultation will go over all your training and exercise goals. You will be sure to leave with some clarity and understanding to help you with your training needs. Book your free consult today! CONTACT


Farm Strong T- Shirts

Farm Strong shirt5301_C1290We will placing an order for some more T-Shirts, and will be running a pre-sale until March 17, 2016.  The shirts will be at the gym by end of March or very early April, in time for the Western Canadian Championships.

The blue, black, grey, and purple shirts are uni-sex American Apparel T-Shirts.  The Red, and Lime shirts are from another brand, but with a similar fit.  And you will have your choice of shirt color, and ether a Black or white

Sizing of Shirts is as follows:


Children sizes are available upon request, though all colors may not be available.

The shirts will cost $25 per shirt.  We will also have buy 5 for $100. (CONTACT US, for custom order and invoice) 

Or if you are an existing gym Member, you can also place your custom order through your favorite Coach, and bill your account

Shirts will be available for pick up at gyms, contests, and workshops, but if shipping is required shipping costs will be PUD( Payment Upon Delivery )

All Proceeds from these shirts will be going to our U18 Future Champs Program.

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2015 Alberta Senior Weightlifting Championships

AWAOn December 5, the Alberta Weightlifting Association ran the 2015 Senior Provincial Championships. The competition was hosted by  Reebok Crossfit Ramsay in Calgary.  The Ramsay facility is fantastic, Ken Andrukow and Dylan Kranenburg have done a great job, the layout of the gym works great for weightlifting competitions.  There is plenty of space in the warm up areas, as well as proper equipment.  For athletes to be able to warm up on proper platforms, with kilogram plates and good bars is always ideal, there is nothing worse then warming up on rubber flooring with bars and plates that aren’t similar to the competition stage.  This has quickly made CrossFit Ramsay one of Farm Strong’s favorite venues for meets.

For those that weren’t able to attend this years provincials, they were also live streamed, and if you didn’t watch from home you can go back and watched the archived footage found here.

The day was marked by some fantastic performances from Farm Strong athletes.

AJ Facendi  had a amazing day going 6 for 6, lifting 51kg snatch, and 70kg CnJ, for personal bests on both lifts and total, and a silver in the 53kg division.




Amy Speed-Andrews lifted a 64kg snatch, and a 85kg personal best clean and jerk to secure 1st place in the 63kg division.

Harri Li had his best competition to date going 5 for 6 with a 92kg snatch and 122kg personal best clean and jerk.

Danny Schultz added another provincial title to his trophy case.  After shaking some rust off on his 1st two attempts he rebounded well making his final snatch attempt at 118kg, then going on to clean and jerk 145, and 151 to clinch the 77kg division.

The female 63kg division ended up being an entertaining battle.  Megan Lauer clinched her first provincial title lifting a personal best 66kg snatch and a 80kg clean and jerk.

A video posted by @kiss_n_lift on

Second place went to another Farm Strong lifter, up and coming Jodi Podolas in only her second competition was able to edge out veteran, and friend of Farm Strong Amy Moolyk by just 1kg.  Jodi lifted a 60kg snatch and a 86kg clean and jerk which was good enough to tie Megan’s 146kg total.  The tie was broken by bodyweight, which Megan then had the edge.
Our coaches last session of the day saw 3 more athletes and some more great efforts.
Lifting in 85kg division Rob Lockwood snatched 115kg, clean an jerked 145kg, then just missed the jerk after cleaning 151 to finish third, behind Glen ” Guy in the Garage ” Hutchinson.  Impressively Glen has found a way to whittle his bodyweight down from the 94kg division and continue to lift big weights, despite being gaunt and skinny he snatched 126, narrowly missed a new provincial record at 130, and clean and jerked 146 for a 272kg total.

Farm Strong’s Andrew Pretty took home the 85kg gold with a huge day on the platform, lifting personal bests in the snatch, and the clean and jerk, 125, 150 for a pr total of 275kg.

 Not to be out done by his team mates, the lift of the day had to go to “Jerkin” Jack Durkin.  Not only did he snatch a personal best 113kg, but after he made his opening clean and jerk of 138kg, he had one thing in mind, and that was qualify for nationals, which requires a 263kg total for the 94kg lifters. Jack came out on his second attempt and punched his ticket to Richmond, lifting another pr for the day at 150kg which was a huge increase from his first attempt, and a very gutsy move,  and since he had another attempt left, he went out and got another personal record clean of 153kg but just missed the jerk.  He finished 4th place in a very tough 94kg weight class.
Courtesy of Jack’s youtube channel:
All in all it was a great day, Weightlifting is continuing to grow in Alberta, and the caliber of lifters has increased dramatically in the past few years, which is great to see, for a full list of the 2015 provincial results click on the link:  RESULTS
If you are interested in training with us and would like to join our team CONTACT.

Give the Gift of Lift, Christmas 2015

IMG_1584-0.JPGHoliday season is upon us, and there is no better time to give the gift of lift!

During the holidays and “New Years Resolution” season, we will be offering our original membership rate to new members until January 31, 2015:  BUY NOW

There are also two new dates added to the seminar schedule January 23, 2016, and February 28, 2016.  Due to coaches availability these seminars will capped for fewer participants, and will sell out, so book soon: Weightlifting Workshop

Last but not least, we now have $50 gift cards for sale to be used for all of our services!

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Purchase your gift cards here: BUY NOW

On behalf of all of us here at Farm Strong, have a merry Christmas, and may the new year bring you lots of personal bests in and out of the gym!

Evan Taylor