The Birth of Athena

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Powerlifting

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

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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

dieting

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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Powerlifting Like a Lady by Jessica Peyton Roberts

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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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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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Why I Don’t Diet (Anymore): The Case for Being A Little Fluffy

Me at my current weight and with 245 on the bar (not a PR, but not bad for however long I took off).

I want to start off by saying that this article is directed at a very specific group of people. I am not writing for those who, medically speaking, are obese, or are even very overweight. I have no expertise with being obese or very overweight so I believe I cannot speak to those experiences. I […]

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Why I Lift

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Lifting is a lot of things for a lot of people. We all have our reasons why we lift – whether those reasons are health-related or aesthetic-related or involve something entirely different. And why you continue to lift, after several years, may be different from why you started lifting. Or, at least for me, my […]

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Chronic Illness and Training

Chronically Fabulous

Chronic Illness Is a Killer – Literally. Here is my short summary of chronic illness: The World Health Organization reports that non-communicable chronic conditions are the leading cause of death in the world (http://www.who.int/topics/chronic_diseases/en/). Chronic conditions are responsible for 63% of the deaths worldwide. On its chronic illness webpage, the WHO names the most widespread […]

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The Art of Failing Commitments and Making A Comeback – Part Two

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On Making A Comeback I have started lifting, again. Just last week, in fact. I feel like this time around, I have finally waited until I wanted to go back, instead of my usual guilting myself into going earlier than I want. Now, I think I have finally perfected the “starting over” aspect of making […]

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