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Karen Ballesteros is the host of No Restrictions Podcast and the owner of No Restrictions Apparel. Throughout high school and university, Karen struggled with social anxiety, depression and a restrictive eating disorder. The only thing that really helped her pull herself out from her rock bottom was powerlifting. Having experienced the positive impacts of the sport on her mental health, she launched No Restrictions to help break the stigma of talking about mental health within powerlifting.

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No Restrictions Podcast Episodes

E5: The Power of Taking Back The Narrative: PCOS & Bullying

E5: The Power of Taking Back The Narrative: PCO...

Brittany Schlater is an 84+ kg open powerlifter from Ontario, Canada. You may also know her as a 3x Canadian champion and 2021 IPF Worlds Gold Medalist. You may have...

E5: The Power of Taking Back The Narrative: PCO...

Brittany Schlater is an 84+ kg open powerlifter from Ontario, Canada. You may also know her as a 3x Canadian champion and 2021 IPF Worlds Gold Medalist. You may have...

E4: Healing Lifelong PTSD & Reclaiming Life Through Powerlifting

E4: Healing Lifelong PTSD & Reclaiming Life Thr...

Lanie Bishop is an 84+ kg open powerlifter from Alberta, Canada. You may also know her as a national level CPU referee, pole dancer and Twitch streamer. Lanie is vocal...

E4: Healing Lifelong PTSD & Reclaiming Life Thr...

Lanie Bishop is an 84+ kg open powerlifter from Alberta, Canada. You may also know her as a national level CPU referee, pole dancer and Twitch streamer. Lanie is vocal...

E3: Re-Building A Sense of Self-Worth After Trauma And Domestic Abuse

E3: Re-Building A Sense of Self-Worth After Tra...

Natasha Ching is a 84+ kg open powerlifter from Nova Scotia, Canada. Local lifters would know her as the former NSPL president while others may know her as a national...

E3: Re-Building A Sense of Self-Worth After Tra...

Natasha Ching is a 84+ kg open powerlifter from Nova Scotia, Canada. Local lifters would know her as the former NSPL president while others may know her as a national...

E2: Powerlifting For Anxiety & ADHD - Men Need To Start Speaking Up

E2: Powerlifting For Anxiety & ADHD - Men Need ...

Jamie MacDonald is a -93 kg open powerlifter from Nova Scotia, Canada. You may know him as the announcer at local NS meets, the social media officer for Nova Scotia...

E2: Powerlifting For Anxiety & ADHD - Men Need ...

Jamie MacDonald is a -93 kg open powerlifter from Nova Scotia, Canada. You may know him as the announcer at local NS meets, the social media officer for Nova Scotia...

No Restrictions Podcast E1: Recovering From Binge-Eating Disorder While Becoming Compeititve

E1: Recovering From Binge-Eating Disorder While...

Veronique Cormier is a -57 kg powerlifter from New Brunswick, Canada and the owner of Leafy Gains, a vegan protein cookie business she started during the pandemic. In this episode,...

E1: Recovering From Binge-Eating Disorder While...

Veronique Cormier is a -57 kg powerlifter from New Brunswick, Canada and the owner of Leafy Gains, a vegan protein cookie business she started during the pandemic. In this episode,...

No Restrictions Podcast E0: Introduction to No Restrictions Podcast

E0: Introduction To No Restrictions Podcast

Hello and welcome to episode zero of the No Restrictions Podcast! My name is Karen, your host and the owner of No Restrictions Apparel. In this episode, I’m going to...

E0: Introduction To No Restrictions Podcast

Hello and welcome to episode zero of the No Restrictions Podcast! My name is Karen, your host and the owner of No Restrictions Apparel. In this episode, I’m going to...

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