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My name is Chelsey Musante, and I am the owner & primary contributing author for this website. It is my intention to use this space to provide actionable “how-to” information about topics that I am most passionate about in the realm of strength training, nutrition, health science, and psychology.
You may be wondering who I am, so let me give you some context: By day, I am sales leader at the major tech company, Akamai Technologies. But my formal education is in the hard sciences, with a Bachelor’s in Neuroscience and an advanced degree in Biology. Between 2008-2012, I studied an emerging infectious disease in bats called White Nose Syndrome.
When I finished, I moved to Boston to conduct research in an HIV/AIDS lab. I did that for about a year before making the jump over to tech sales, which is where I’ve been since 2013. Even though I’m not doing science for my job anymore, the most valuable skill I’ve acquired through those research experiences is the ability to know that I can teach myself. I’ve also learned that my greatest joy is to teach others.
So let’s call out the BIG, PINK ELEPHANT in the room, shall we? You’re probably asking yourself: “What on Earth is this literal bat-shit crazy, tech sales manager doing writing about strength sports and why is she trying to teach me stuff?” (And it’s a great question, by the way.)
What I haven’t told you is that I have more than 15 years of experience participating in highly competitive sports, including Gymnastics, Division 1 Track & Field, Weightlifting, CrossFit, & Powerlifting. I hold a Division 1 collegiate record in the indoor shotput, which still stands today, 6 years after I set it.
I am also ranked second all-time at Bucknell University for the weight throw and outdoor shotput, and third all time for the hammer throw. In 2014, I was ranked 62 in the NorthEast at the conclusion of the CrossFit Open, missing regional qualification by 2 spots. I made my National debut in Weightlifting at the 2014 American Open, finishing 5th overall in the 75K weight class.
There is so much more that I want to accomplish, but I’ve been dealing with some very grumpy, persistent injuries. My competitive athletic career is on hold right now, but I am still involved in the strength community here in Boston. I hold the secretary position for USAW New England LWC and train with a great group of athletes who compete in Powerlifting & Strongman.
The challenges I’ve faced as a healthy competitor and as an injured athlete have caused me significant pain over the years, but I’ve always been able to find a way to harness this pain to grow. Whether it’s implementing an anti-inflammatory diet, performing breathing techniques to alkalize blood pH, or understanding the nuances of squat mechanics, I have an insatiable appetite to learn, and an even greater passion to apply and teach. As I mentioned already, my intention for this space is to distill my findings into specific directives for my readers, (you!), which will help you cope with some of the same challenges that I’ve already gone through.
Wow, that was a long fu**ing intro. If you’re still here reading this, you’re probably just as bat-shit crazy as I am 😉