The Birth of Athena

lift the weight. fight the power. eat the candy.

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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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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

arrow to the knee

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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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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A Month of Experiments

As I said in my previous post, I am taking a break from powerlifting. I believe that this break is a good thing for my mental well-being and a good thing for my body. Additionally, taking a break allows me the time and opportunity to try new things. Generally, while training, I avoid making too […]

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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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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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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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Being Hurt vs. Being Injured

The DifferenceI have been meaning to write this post for a while, but had yet to get around to it. However, this morning I woke up to find that I had, somehow, hurt my wrist while I was sleeping. Waking up to a mysteriously jammed wrist (sleep-boxing? my guess?) prompted me to expedite writing this […]

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