The Birth of Athena

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The Art of Compassion and Kindness in the Fitness Community

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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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You Should Be Happy to See a Dudebro Curling in the Squat Rack: Why Elitism is Ruining Fitness for Everyone Else

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As I see it, we have a pretty large, fundamental problem in our nation (and in many first world countries). I think many of us have become fatigued by the idea of being a nation of DIY-ers, a nation of people who pull themselves up by their bootstraps. I think we have become tired of […]

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Shape Magazine: Misogyny Disguised as Women’s Health

Shape Magazine

Shape Magazine has been around for as long as I can remember, and is one of the most popular women’s magazines that has ever been. It is a cultural icon, especially in terms of media directly produced for consumption by women. Shape is a significant part of our culture and our heritage. I remember my […]

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Being Content with Who You Are, While Still Acknowledging Room for Improvement

I follow a few lady bloggers who consistently write great content. They are inspiring, strong women who write to encourage all people to treat their bodies and minds right; They write to point out the flaws in the diet industry and our culture. These lady bloggers write to encourage women to respect themselves, to eat, […]

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I Do Not Love My Body

There is a movement growing strength and popularity. This movement is propagated by individuals, the media, women’s magazines, famous people, etc. What is it that all of these people are hoping that you do? What is this movement about?This movement is about loving your body. All of these people, they are urging you to love […]

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What Books Teach Me about Myself and My Sport – A Lesson in Willpower

The books I typically enjoy reading have a few things in common: the hero, generally, is female; she arises from grim circumstances, and, in the process of overcoming her circumstances, she is forced to make tough decisions.In addition to these basic plot premises, a basic quality is found among the characters I enjoy reading about […]

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