Where and when were you born?
I was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon in the Middle East.
What is your profession?
I am a CEO and Senior Production Artist of Art and Athletes, Inc. www.artandathletes.com.
I am also an adult entertainer and professional session wrestler.
Were you involved in sports or fitness prior to bodybuilding and how did you get started with weight training?
I was very athletic growing up and very competitive in nature. I played a variety of sports from high and long jump to soccer and competitive table tennis. I am also an avid swimmer. I mainly trained in Taekwondo and long distance running so my focus was on my cardiovascular to improve endurance. Besides my love of the intense cardio rush, I had an affinity for lifting heavy things. As a child, I was stronger and bigger than most boys my age so It was fun being the big girl in the neighborhood who took the little boys on piggie back rides. I was also blessed with great genetics especially in the legs. I have the best pair of 30 "quads in the industry. With time I transitioned from lifting random heavy things for fun, to making a living off throwing around heavy barbells with more than twice my bodyweight. The iron has forged the essence of who I have become, it has given me a sense of belonging like none other. When I am in the cage surrounded by heavy chains and bumper plates, I know I am home. And home is where the heart is.
Was it a goal for you to compete in bodybuilding competitions right from the beginning or was it something that grew in your mind as time went on and you saw the progress in your body?
It never was about competing to me. It was about the lifestyle. I moved to the US in pursuit of my dreams and was actually surprised to find a world of infinite possibilities awaiting me. I competed in a single regional show and qualified for nationals the very first time I set foot on stage. Despite my promising future in competitive bodybuilding, I realized that the stage was not for me. My heart was in strength training, so I transitioned into Olympic Weight Lifting to learn how to harness the power and speed I was blessed with and transfer that explosiveness to the bar on the snatch and Clean and Jerk. The legendary John Coffee took me under his wing and made a world class strength athlete out of me. He is my idol. Today, I compete as a superheavyweight Olympic Lifter in the 75+kg class. I also qualified for the American Open on my second meet.
Can you give me your competition history?
2008 Emory Southeastern Classic SuperHeavyweight Gold Medalist
2009 Southern Open SuperHeavyweight Gold Medalist
Please tell me something about your training routine (ie: how many days per week / training split /cardio, etc.)
Clean and Jerk
Power Clean and Jerk
Clean and Jerk
With each exercise the work load varies with the intensity of my training for that week. 3 rep max on all assisting exercises and singles or doubles on all lifts.
Some assisting exercises that I will always perform as part of my bodybuilding regimen that benefit my Oly Lifting are:
Bent over BB Rows
I am hooked on cardio so I will do it twice a day, everyday, in all seasons!
What is your favorite exercise in the gym and which one you don’t like so much?
I love Bent over BB Rows. and I love snatches. Can't say there is anything I do not like when it comes to the iron.
Which body part is your best in your opinion?
My legs, definitely. They measure over 30" with great definition and incredible strength.
If you don’t mind would you give me some stats (best lifts and some body measurements)?
I am 5’5”
Measurements cold are:
Biceps 17”, Calves 17” (excellent proportions)
Quads 30", Shoulders 55”, Chest 47”
What do you enjoy about training for competition....what do you enjoy about the 'off season'?
I enjoy the discipline of the diet and training year round. I do not believe in an "in" or "off season". I am ALWAYS in season :)
This lifestyle is a full time job.
Please describe a typical day in the life of Dominique Danger.
8:00 a.m. 1 hour of cardio
12:00pm Olympic Weight Lifting for 2 hours
2:00 p.m Bodybuilding Training
7:30 p.m Brazillian JuiJitsu for 2.5 hours
Sometimes I will do another late night cardio for 45 minutes, or I will substitute my BJJ for a cardio if I am pressed on time.
Please tell me about what you do when you don’t work out (hobbies, what do you do to relax?, etc.)
I am a published amateur writer and pro classical pianist. I like to paint, write music, and read.
What do you enjoy most about the bodybuilding/fitness lifestyle?
The lifestyle has taught me to think outside the box and embrace the fact that I am different and unique in my own way. It gives me a mental edge that is manifested in my life through the choices I make. I am a testimony to the fact that women can be big, strong and still beautiful.
Tell me something interesting about yourself, something people may be surprised to hear.
I was a ballerina.
What are your competition goals or personal future goals?
I am on my way to the American Open and training like my life depends on it!