Elena Popadic

Elena Popadic

Elena Popadic is a registered occupational therapist and has worked within the fitness industry for over 6 years. She is the co-host of the Squats and Thoughts podcast, and trains and competes as a powerlifter. You can connect with her on Instagram or LinkedIn.
  • Education:
    • Master's degree in Occupational Therapy from Western University
    • Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences from McMaster University
  • Certification: Postgraduate Certificate in Public Relations from Humber College

If you can’t extend your arms after working out, you likely have delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). The soreness, tightness, and swelling in your arms result from inflammation and can prevent you from stretching the elbow joint comfortably. DOMS will peak about 48 hours after a workout and progressively improve in the following days. If

Improving your bench press comes down to nailing your technique but also doing exercises that can help you optimize your strength potential.  The barbell bench press is a compound exercise that is common in the sport of powerlifting. It’s usually considered the “king” of all chest exercises.  It can also be a very challenging exercise

You can do plenty of chest workouts using a pair of dumbbells without a bench.  Here are my 12 best dumbbell chest exercises with no bench required:  I recommend my clients choose 3-4 of these, and you can build a solid dumbbell workout to do at home with minimum equipment. Read on to learn how

Powerlifters and bodybuilders are two types of lifting enthusiasts who are stronger than the average person, but you may be wondering who is actually stronger between the two. So, who is stronger, powerlifters or bodybuilders? On average, someone who trains for strength with powerlifting-style training will be stronger than someone who exclusively trains like a

Powerlifting is known as a strength sport while bodybuilding is known as a muscle building sport, leaving many budding powerlifters wondering if they are building any muscle. Can you build muscle with powerlifting? Yes, you can build muscle with powerlifting. More than likely, you will build muscle with powerlifting training especially in the first couple

The first thing you’re probably wondering once your first lifting belt arrives is how you’re meant to break it in so it wraps around your waist easily. So how do you break in a lifting belt? Breaking in a lifting belt isn’t always an overnight process but it can be sped up with methods such

If you stay around lifting circles long enough, you’re bound to eventually confront or witness peeing while deadlifting, especially as a woman. So, why do some women pee when deadlifting? Peeing while deadlifting, also referred to as urinary stress incontinence, occurs when there is increased pressure build up in the abdomen, often due to high

The overhead press is notoriously thought to be a weak link for many lifters. This doesn’t mean you should feel discouraged by it, but you should try to understand why your overhead press is weak so you can figure out how to make it stronger. Why is your overhead press so weak? Your overhead press

Lifting belts are meant to help you maintain pressure around your core, but the key is to get just the right level of tightness. So, how tight should a lifting belt be? A lifting belt’s tightness may vary slightly by exercise, however, in general, you should have about a finger width of room between the

You’ll hear the terms RPE and RIR get tossed around interchangeably by powerlifting coaches and athletes, leaving beginners confused on what they are and when to use them. So, what is the difference between RPE vs RIR? RPE and RIR are both acronyms for ways to rate the difficulty of an exercise and in some

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