The Birth of Athena

lift the weight. fight the power. eat the candy.

The Grind

A bad day can be made better by going to the gym.

The clock turns 5.15AM and your alarm radio goes off. Obnoxious radio DJs make their way into your ear drums as you fight your eyes open – Time to rise and shine. You hit the coffee harder than healthy to unstick your eyelids. You have shit to do though, before you clock on. You have […]

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A Small List of People Who Should Maybe Try Picking Up A Barbell

Home, sweet home.

An interesting factoid about my life: My dearest friends and family love to introduce me to new people by saying, “This is Danielle. She is a powerlifter.” They state it so matter-of-factly. Like, as if they were saying, “This is Sue. She is an accountant.” I don’t know why they do. But that’s not the […]

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The Simple Art of Cutting Weight: How to Make Weight for a Competitive Meet Without Cardio, Extra Sweating, or Spitting in a Cup


One of the most common questions I see on fitness blogs and forums is the question, “What is the best way to cut weight for a meet?” I have also found that there are very few resources out there from a female perspective, which is important because let’s be honest, women frequently find it more […]

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Graphic Honesty: The GP Edition


You know you have a good friend when they call you out. I have a good friend. The other day she texted me, “I like your A Day in the Life” with gp, but I thought you should be more graphic with your pooping. You spare the reader.” She was totally right. I did spare […]

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A Day in the Life of the Chronically Ill: Gastroparesis

Chronically Fabulous

Forewarning: This is a huge TMI. You will learn more things about me than you probably would ever want to know. Read with caution. Additionally, I have a fairly mild case of GP. I am lucky that I have never had to have tube implanted in my stomach, that I have never relied on IVs […]

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The Art of Compassion and Kindness in the Fitness Community

arrow to the knee

You’ve heard it before. You log onto the internet, go to your favorite fitness forum and there it is: “GAWD. I HAD TO WAIT FOR THE SQUAT RACK. THERE WAS A GUY CURLING IN IT. IT IS NOT A CURL RACK. UGH. I AM SO ANGRY.” You’ve probably also heard this one (or something similar): […]

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Riots Not Diets

riots not diets

A few months ago, I wrote about why I don’t diet (anymore). In that piece, I delved into why, on a personal level, I have given up trying to be leaner, thinner, more svelte, etc. I feel freer and happier. I am able to enjoy food and friends and life events without worrying about my […]

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Powerlifting Like a Lady by Jessica Peyton Roberts

Home, sweet home.

Please check out this great article written by my good friend, Jessica, for Notre Dame Magazine: Powerlifting like a lady by Jessica Peyton Roberts Want to know what powerlifting gave her the confidence to go do? Check out her website! You can also visit her Facebook page.

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