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Erin and I hit the stage at the Baltimore Gladiator!  We had a blast and can’t wait to get back on stage. 


TANKTEAM!! Happy turkey week, this week’s athlete spotlight is coming at you from Morgantown, WV.  Give it up for Danielle Shaner!  I met her and her husband backstage at the OCB Chesapeake Classic – Check her amazing story below and @danielle.shaner

My name is Danielle Shaner. I am 28 years old, born and raise in Frederick, MD.  I moved to Morgantown, WV after my husband and I got married in 2014.  At that time I obtained an my Group Fitness Instructor Certification.  I teach Group Ex. classes at the Pro Performance gym located in Morgantown.  I grew up dancing for over 18+ years and dabbled in Volleyball in high school.  My real passion for lifting didn’t pick up until I was in my early 20’s.  I ran into a concern in 2012; I was diagnosed with a rare joint disease in my right knee called

danielle4Pigmented villonodular synovitis (PVNS).  Since then, I’ve had 3 open knee surgeries to try and resolve the issue.  I use this diagnosis to help make me stronger mentally and physically.  In a matter of a few months I can regain almost 100% of my mobility and range of motion.  After years of wanting to compete and then convincing myself out of it, I finally took the plunge and found a coach in Feb. 2016.  I started working with Erin Dimond (Columbus, OH) and got right to work.  I competed in my first show at the OCB Presidential Cup (August 20 2016) placing 4th-Bikini Novice Class A & 5th-Bikini Open Class A.  I wanted to challenge myself and stay in prep for one more show.  I placed 1st Bikini Novice Class & 2nd Bikini Open Class in the OCB Chesapeake Classic September 17, 2016.  I am now taking a year off to build and recover from my, upcoming, 4th knee surgery in January 2017.  I have a very competitive spirit and determined to achieve every goal I set for myself.  I plan to embrace the off season to make necessary changes and progress.  I look forward to coming back to the stage next year and seeing how far I’ve come.



TANKTEAAMM… Better late than never!  Here are the pics from the 2016 OCB Natural Steel City, Pittsburgh, PA. The athletes killed it as usual!  I just ordered an Iphone 7+ so the pics at the next show will be on pointtt…  See everyone at the OCB Capital City Classic – Dec 3rd, Richmond VA.  GAINZ baby.


TANKTEAAAAM!  Today’s athlete spotlight is on the 2016 Catonsville Conquer Bikini Open ‘B’ – 1st place champion and 2nd place overall !  – Ihesha Stanfield.  Kick ass in the figure class Ihesha!

Always being an athlete, Ihesha gained her “freshman 15” after she graduated

from college, going from a size 4 to a size 12. With help from some gym friends and a trainer she was able to drop the unwanted weight and decided to become a personal trainer so that she could help others lose weight and get healthy.  She first stepped on stage during the NPC Gladiator back in November of 2014.  After undergoing emergency surgery September of 2015, Ihesha stepped back on stage to compete in the Catonsville Conquer, her first OCB show, and took home 2nd place overall in Bikini.  She has since decided to move to figure and is excited for the transformation her body is about to undergo!



TANKTEAM! Today’s spotlight athlete is Erin Cooper!  Erin competed in the 2016 Catonsville Conquer and has been working hard and making those gains for the next show!  Check Erin out at:




My name is Erin, I’m 34 and a mom of 3! I’ve always been into fitness, especially after having my kids. I started about 9 years ago with a little aerobics group and I also joined a gym. I honestly felt lost in the gym and a little intimidated working out by myself. I stuck mainly to cardio and extreme dieted-yikes! I did this for years, not getting the results I really wanted, I sought out a trainer and that’s where it all turned around for me! I was introduced to weights and eating a better diet (MORE food, yay!) after achieving great results, my trainer suggested the idea of competing. I thought he was CRAZY! I researched it, liked what I saw, and decided to go for it! Why not?! Fast forward 2 years and I’m in love with bodybuilding and competing.

I compete in bikini, and it’s been the most rewarding experiences ever. I’ve come in last place, I’ve come in 2nd place, and I’ve placed in the “middle”. It’s not about a trophy or placement for me though. It’s about the challenge and progression, and meeting awesome people that I can show love and support to, and lean on them for the same. Right now, I’m training for the OCB Nationals coming up this October, 2016!

I also have another exciting endeavor I’m tackling in just a few weeks: the Mrs. Maryland pageant! This pageant has come at just the right time in my life. Physically, bodybuilding has given me so much confidence to get out there and rock my swimsuit and evening gown. Mentally, I’m ready to have this platform to promote what I’m so passionate about: health and fitness! Cheers!Erin1