The Birth of Athena

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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

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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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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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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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