Deadlifts Over Depression

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How many deadlifts can you do in 60 seconds?  --- Take on the #deadliftsoverdepressionchallenge!

Our goal through this movement is to raise awareness of the impact that exercise has on mental health and raise funds to help create an online workout program for anyone struggling with their mental wellbeing.  

Please support by donating your dollars and your time to this challenge to help spread the movement and to increase awareness on this powerful message.

Depression affects more than 120 million people worldwide, making it the leading cause of disability, according to the World Health Organization.  There are people being treated for clinical depression (depression lasting longer than 2 weeks) are considered “nonresponders" to anti-depressants.  Not to say medication isn’t helpful in certain circumstances, but there are other perspectives that need to be seen to treat this epidemic.   Exercise — Community — Nutrition are all vital parts of the equation as well.

Your donations will help us pay for valuable resources and tools we need to begin outreach and build awareness. 
$1000 - Unlimited month of training with Christine Coen (up to 2)
$300 - 3 training sessions with celebrity fitness specialist for P Diddy, Derek Hough, Cassie, Charlie Cox, Ben Barnes. (up to 4)
$200 - Personalized nutrition consult & plan (up to 10)
$150 - Access to online video workouts for 1 year ($1200 value) (up to 25)
$25 - Credit on website/shoutout on videos (unlimited)

This campaign was inspired by the founder, Christine Coen, and her personal story of how she used movement to overcome her struggle with depression, anxiety, and binge eating disorder.  You you can learn more about her story below.

Several years ago I was depressed, anxious, and binge eating.

You may not believe it looking at me now, but there were days I didn't get out of bed, ate endlessly to numb my pain, and gained 30lbs in less than a year because I didn't care about taking care of my self.

Oh yea, I was working as a personal trainer and dietitian during this time too. 

I felt like a failure...

I never went to a doctor. Never was diagnosed.  Never took medication.  I was too embarrassed to admit what was happening.

All of my healthy practices that I used to keep my body in shape before, were non-existent.  I would think at times, "who is this person I have become!?"

It wasn't until I began to feel how movement benefitted my mind and my mood that things began to change....

This realization really began when I saw that training my body was a way I could connect to my body and work through my pain. That every time I was able to get myself to a workout, and push through, that I was tapping into my inner strength. I would re-discover parts I knew and I would open to strengths I never knew I had!  The brain doesn’t identify the difference between a physical challenge or mental or emotional one, and the strength that comes out of one can be used for the other challenges as well!

Lifting weights was a huge part of my depression recovery journey.  The endorphins did their thing to help boost my mood during and after my workouts, sometimes for hours after.  The desire to have a few precious hours to feel “normal” again, to feel like the self that I knew…vs this dark, numb, shell of a human, was the motivation for me to get moving, even if it was the only thing I did that day.  But little by little, a few steps forward and a few steps back, my mindset started to shift.  I began to re-discover my inner strength and tap into that in any area of my life that I wanted to conquer a challenge no matter how big- whether it was facing a long day, changing careers, having a difficult conversation, facing the unknown.  To this day, most of my motivation to train so consistently- whether lifting weights, training Muay Thai, running sprints, hiking-   is because it strengthens my mindset, I connect to my body, and I remember the strength that exists inside of me!

Now I am empowered to impact others who feel the same way I did.  To feel the benefits of movement on their mental health and use that to heal themselves from the inside out!


Here’s the 60 Second challenge:

How many DEADLIFTS can you perform in 60 SECONDS! ? 

What to do:  
1. Record a Video… Say I accept the Deadlifts Over Depression Challenge!   And DO IT!  Be creative!
2. Post to Instagram and/or Facebook
3. Copy & Paste this info into the caption:
I accept the Deadlifts Over Depression Challenge to do as many deadlifts as I can in 60 seconds to raise awareness of the power exercise has on mental wellness!  We are raising money to create exercise and nutrition programs for people who want to improve their mental wellbeing through exercise, learning how nutrition impacts the brain, and empower them to transform their lives!

Make a donation to the fundraiser here (suggested donation $20): 

4. Tag and challenge 3 friends to take on the challenge!

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Hello Family!

Thank you all for your generous donations and deadlifts!

We have raised $2001 as of this morning and we are excited to start the creation of our online community and health space providing you with a complete program to boost your mood, health, and mental wellbeing.

Challenge Videos are coming in all day every day! If you haven't seen our @deadliftsoverdepression Instagram, head over there to see all the challenge vids and all the creative deadlifts. Seeing the movement grow and grow, reaching more people and starting the conversation on the positive impact of movement on mental health is SO exciting!

We have 1 week left to submit videos and donations! Please share the movement with your friends and social pages! Our goal is to get 1000 #deadliftsoverdepression Challenge videos and raise $5000! I know we can do it with your help! <3

Love & Strength,
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