Happy Halloween: Voodoo Doll Photo Love Story


Happy Halloween: Voodoo Doll Photo Love Story


Posted by Blogger/Artist: Lalanii @Lalanii Full blog post>> click here


Photographer: @mistaheiser 

Once upon an unhappily ending there was a dark faerie named Layla Rochelle. 

 When she set her sights on anything she wanted, she would soon have it.

........Click here to read the whole story
and see more picts of Lalanii >>


PLEASE SHOP THIS VOODOO DOLL COMPRESSION SUIT AT ShapeshiftersZ.com ~ special thank you to my friend and client Tanja! ~

You are a brilliant designer and I love this frikkin' suit.

All of your products are fantastic and ideal for working out! 

Additional thanks to: 
Retail Team: @ShapeShifterZ 
Photographer: @mistaheiser - thanks Andy I love you! 
Designer: @stephanietakemotoart - Steph, your banners are fire!
Mua: @infinitebeaut_t - My image comes alive in your hands. Thanks!

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October 13, 2017 by Ari Litvak

ShapeShifterZ leads the reel for the BBC NEWS article "Comic-Con 2017: This year's highlights in 90 seconds"

Comic-Con 2017: This year's highlights in 90 seconds

Fans and stars gathered in San Diego for the annual comics convention known as Comic-Con. 

The event welcomes more than 100,000 people - many dressed up as their favourite characters.

Production companies release sneak peaks of their upcoming films and stars meet the fans.

July 24, 2017 by Reposted Story

If you don't follow the Barbell Shrugged podcast, you should

The Keys To Getting Bigger, Stronger and Better at the Olympic Lifts Part 1 – Muscle Gain Challenge

Thought you might like these videos.

Especially if you feel like you're struggling to gain serious muscle mass and strength.

Learn how Barbell Shrugged coach, Kurt Mullican, added over 30 lbs of muscle to his frame, increased his strength and got really good at the Olympic lifts in this 3 part video series. 

Starting with this one:


If you don't follow the Barbell Shrugged podcast, you should. It's not only entertaining but so informative.....Click here to read the full article and check out the site. >>

January 12, 2017 by Tanja Richter

You wouldn't like me when I'm angry

Photo of She Hulk at the iconic Gold's Gym in Venice Beach
November 01, 2016 by Tanja Richter

Derrick Johnson lifts double his body weight

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Derrick Johnson lifts double his body weight on day 1 of 2016 USA Weightlifting National Championships at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Friday May 6, 2016.

Olympics: USA Weightlifting wants to capitalize on boom in sport’s popularity for next Olympic cycle

First Published     •    Last Updated May 06 2016 09:08 pm

CrossFit is said to have boosted U.S. participation in sport.

Phil Andrews didn't really stop walking or talking or watching Friday morning at the Salt Palace Convention Center. His backpack in tow, the newly minted CEO of USA Weightlifting answered questions, directed traffic and looked on as some of the 359 athletes competing at this weekend's USA Weightlifting National Championships attempted to raise the bar.

Which is what Andrews, a native of Great Britain, is trying to do for the sport in the U.S. The director of events and programs since the summer of 2013 was recently named CEO, on April 21. And he's seen firsthand the boom the program has witnessed during the last four-year cycle.

After the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Andrews said, USA Weightlifting had about 11,000 members nationwide. Entering this weekend's national championships and Sunday's Olympic Team Trials for the Rio Games this August, the program just eclipsed 26,000.

"We are one of, if not the fastest growing Olympic sport," Andrews said. "Which is very good for a sport that has historically been fairly low-interest in the United States. We're very proud of that [growth]. We're very delighted about more competition."

A priority for the new CEO, however, is to capitalize on the boom — mainly linked to the explosion in popularity of the sport of CrossFit, which itself emphasizes Olympic style lifting. That means building upon the massively growing numbers for the next Olympic cycle in Tokyo in 2020.

The U.S. will qualify three female lifters out of the 15 competing in Sunday's trials. The men — who haven't won an Olympic weightlifting medal since the 1984 games in Los Angeles — have no guaranteed spot in Rio. Eight Americans will qualify Sunday to travel to Colombia next month to face other lifters from around the globe for one remaining spot in Brazil.

"We want more in Tokyo [in 2020]," Andrews said. "I think we're likely able to achieve more. We want three men in Tokyo and four women. That's our target."

How U.S. lifters can do so is prepping for the 2018 and 2019 world championship events, which determine the amount of Olympic slots each country has. The American female lifters fared well in the 2015 world championships in Houston.

Ray Jones has been coaching weightlifting since 1980. The Beaufort, S.C., resident coaches 15-year-old C.J. Cummings, considered to be the next big thing in American lifting. Jones said the inclusion of CrossFit athletes is a major step to changing the fortunes of U.S. weightlifting in the future.

But the longtime coach thinks the lifters around the country need to start at a much younger age in order to fare better at the youth and junior levels before potentially advancing onto the senior stage. Some of his lifters have started out as young as age nine, where they first lift using a plastic PVC pipe.

"If you wait until kids are 16 or 17 years old — which is the last couple of years for youth weightlifting — they're usually already gravitating to other sports," Jones said.

Regarding what needs to happen in the next four-year cycle for American lifters to have more of a say in Tokyo, Jones said the random drug testing worldwide isn't as stringent as it is in the U.S. or other countries. That, he said, needs to change.

"These U.S. lifters … we know are randomly drug tested," Jones said. "If you're anywhere in that top tier, you're getting randomly tested. They're here. These are the ones that should be the superstars."



Twitter: @chriskamrani

May 07, 2016 by Tanja Richter

Athlete to watch - Alex Bellemarre

February 27, 2016 by Tanja Richter

ShapeShifterZ muscles their way into headlining at TomorroWear's Wearable Tech Fashion Show

The TomorroWear Wearable Tech Fashion show was a hit! Everything went smoothly. ShapeShifterZ muscled swimsuits, singlets, body suits and shorts were everywhere.

District2.CoManufacture La , Heart Centered Technology created a great event. We walked in to a room filled with beautiful models, professional hair and makeup artists and yummy food. The designers were cool and extremely talented. Our team had a blast! We talked about wicking activewear fabrics, human texture mapping and how technology affects fashion design. 

If you are starting your own fashion line in LA, checkout District2.co. They will get you up and running with competitive manufacturing.

Click here to See more of the SSZ show images 

Thank you Cassie Betts , Jennifer, Parris Harris and Jessica Eriksen of Three Moons Imaging for the great photos 



February 23, 2016 by Tanja Richter

Proud to suit Mike Hilliard

Lakeview Spotlight Athlete – Mike Hilliard (The Transformation)

“Being an honest self-critic is the only way to become the person you want to be, and being objective about the world is the best way to succeed.”

Athlete Name:  Mike Hiliard
Training Facility: CFD Lakeview
Joined CFD: August 2014
From Coach Laura:  Three words that come to mind when we think about Mike Hilliard are dedicated, passionate and happy. No matter what is happening in Mike’s life, the moment he steps into the gym all is good in the world. He always says hello with a smile on this face and then its time to get down to business. He has this ability to focus and push himself during his workout and still be friendly and personable all at the same time. It’s a talent not everyone has. Mike put his mind to a goal and more than exceeded it.
Oly Summer Comp

2nd In House Olympic Lifting Meet.

Data Scientist (strategic/financial analysis, operational process efficiency – critical thinking, basically)

Tell us a little bit about yourself:
I was born in Ottawa, IL but grew up in rural suburban Minnesota about 45 miles west of the Twin Cities.  I played football and track in high school but also did science club and math league. My favorite modern author is the late Christopher Hitchens but a close second is the extraordinary Professor Richard Dawkins.  Since being introduced to it through CrossFit I’ve become completely obsessed with Olympic Weightlifting!

Something we might not know about you?
I was nearly put into the special education program in middle school because of my inability to pay attention in class. I ended up in the gifted program instead after a friend of the family suggested they do some testing first!

What is your CrossFit story? Has CrossFit affected your life outside of the gym? 
In college I started drinking quite a bit and gained a fair bit of weight after being healthy through high school and into my twenties.  I continued to gain more weight and become further ‘shut-in’ and depressed.  Finally around 4 years ago (a little before my 29th birthday) I decided it was time to make a change. I started with diet and cardio and went from around 350 pounds at my heaviest to about 240 after a little over 2 years.  By that point I felt and looked much better, but always knew this was just a broad approach and to continue I’d need a more refined approach. A friend of mine at work (Megan, in the photo from 2011) had been advocating CrossFit for quite a while. Her influence combined with finally feeling like I was ready for a new challenge, made me take the next step and look for a gym. It turned out I was living only 3 blocks from CFD (CrossFit Defined).

With Megan in 2011.

With Megan in 2011.

CrossFit has had a huge influence outside of the gym, and in particular it has greatly expanded my social circle.  Most of the events I take part in now come from relationships made at CFD and I’m immensely grateful for that – I’m not naturally a very social person but getting to know people here has been amazing.

What were your thoughts after your first CrossFit workout? 
As the coaches like to remind me, I wasn’t even able to finish the workout after doing the first onramp. I remember getting home and feeling ready to meet the challenge the next time (and also that I would start drinking twice as much water to avoid cramps!)  After spending two years doing boring cardio, the on-ramp experience as well as meeting some of the coaches, made it very clear that this was going to be both a tremendous amount of work and really rewarding.

What were your goals when joining CrossFit? And Now?
My goals when starting were to get healthier, look better, and to feel better in broad terms.  I didn’t really know what to expect in terms of results so I can’t say I had a clear goal in mind, which I still really don’t. My goal now is to continue to get stronger – I had forgotten how great it feels to truly feel strong!    

What is your proudest accomplishment since starting?
I tend to be an introvert in most settings and I’m very proud to have become part of the incredible group at CFD. While I’m certainly proud of my own improvement since starting I’d have to say that the community aspect of CrossFit was something I was fairly dubious of going in.  Hearing that I’ve inspired people in some way is humbling, particularly from a group I take a lot of inspiration from as well!

What advice would you give to someone who started where you did?
Focusing on being consistent, recovery, and mobility have been tremendously helpful for me.  I generally always read the workout ahead of time to know what equipment to bring.  I never shy away because I don’t like something or it seems too hard – challenging yourself to work on weaknesses is by far the best thing you can do to see improvement.  Don’t be too eager to measure yourself or your progress against others. Oh and in particular I always recommend Laura Murphy’s kettlebell class!

Words to live by:
“Convictions are more dangerous foes of truth than lies” is a quote from Friedrich Nietzsche that I particularly like; that is to say, you must be willing to challenge even your own beliefs if you want to arrive at the truth.  Being an honest self-critic is the only way to become the person you want to be, and being objective about the world is the best way to succeed.

Read more athlete reviews and testimonials and to post your own click here.  

2nd In House Olympic Lifting Meet.

Mike in the middle of some of his new friends at CFD.

Check out this original post on CrossFitDefined


February 09, 2016 by Tanja Richter

CrossfitDefined.com said "...sweet looking singlets."

FEBRUARY 9, 2016 BY 

CrossfitDefined.com said …."see how much weight they can throw over their heads while wearing sweet looking singlets."

Coach Kevin and Spotlight Athlete Mike H.  are headed to Niles this weekend to compete in a Weightlifting Meet (Clean & Jerk and Snatch) at CrossFit Illumine.  Grab some friends from inside & outside of our community and head up there to support the two dudes as they see how much weight they can throw over their heads while wearing sweet looking singlets.  Their lifting flight starts at 1p and will finish up by 3p.

2nd In House Olympic Lifting Meet.

Mike H. moving weight.

For full article, please visit http://www.crossfitdefined.com/new-gear-yoga-coach-kevin-lifting-more/#comments

February 09, 2016 by Tanja Richter