The Birth of Athena

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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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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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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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Allowing Myself to Be Human

My House

I have been really struggling with something for about the last 6 to 8 months. I have kept it to myself, mainly because for whatever reason, it is embarrassing for me to admit. However, I really believe in being honest with myself and with other people, so here it goes. Confession: I haven’t been to […]

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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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Why Lifting Weights Has No Bearing on Your Femininity – Alternatively Titled: I Am Fucking Tired of the Heteronormative, Gendercentric, Western World Framed Discourse Regarding Female Exercise.

AKA Toned vs Bulky Myths and Misogyny It is a pretty frequent occurrence that when a female is introduced to the world of weights, she is consoled with, “Don’t worry, you won’t get bulky. Lifting weights makes you toned.” Why is it so important for us convince a lady who wants to/is willing to start […]

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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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