The Birth of Athena

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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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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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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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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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