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

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Traditionally strength training is for getting stronger and hypertrophy is for building muscle.  However, it’s wise to spend time in both styles of training no … Continue ReadingWhen To Switch From Strength To Hypertrophy (8 Signs)

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