Hi, I am Emily! I live in SE Portland with my partner and second-hand cat, Koshka. I’m a book nerd, a meditation junkie, and cat enthusiast. I'm also the kid who used to hide during gym class so they couldn't make me run around the track. In college, I started working out for stress relief, and that eventually led me to train and compete in Mixed Martial Arts and jiu-jitsu. I was a world-ranked professional MMA athlete at the time that I retired due to injury.
That led me to shift my focus from combat sports to lifting weights and eventually to opening Bold & Badass Fitness, a gym that specializes in body-positive and queer-friendly boot camps and powerlifting classes. We focus on making strength training fun and accessible - not the "go hard or go home" bros club that the industry can often be.
I fell in love with powerlifting because I adore the way that being strong feels - and in a female body, being strong can be a radical act! I love sharing that excitement with others and showing them that they can be stronger than they think.
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