Danielle Robertson, famously known by her social media handle name, Dannibelle, is a fitness instructor and Criminology graduate from Queensland, Australia. Since she was a kid, she was very much into sports and was quite active. Although she loved playing different sports, Danielle was a national track & field athlete. She spent over 10 years battling in athletics that helped her build a solid framework for her health and fitness journey which she later embarked upon to inspire people around her.
Throughout her course of being a track athlete, Danielle featured a strong and fit body. College ended but what didn’t was her motivation and passion for fitness. This inspired her to start exercising in the gym to enhance her build even further. It did not happen overnight and took her month after month that Danielle’s muscles started to look stronger, sturdier, and more muscular.
It was time that she couldn’t hold it in any longer. She had the experience, she was an athlete and she was super fit and sculpted- all the necessary ingredients to make a good coach. She started sharing her health and fitness tips and videos on diet and nutrition and workouts. It was with due course of time that her posts started attracting a lot of followers from all over the world which allowed her to chose fitness as her professional career. Later on, she went to be a professional certified fitness instructor.
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FITPLAN X DANNIBELLE ͈ I’m so excited to announce that I have partnered with @fitplan_app to bring you my brand new GYM Active program! So much effort and hard work has been put into this program and I’m so happy to finally be able to share it with you! ͈ So why did I create this program? Well, growing up I was a track & field athlete (long and triple jump were my thang) and we trained and competed outdoors. I didn’t set foot in a gym until I was 22 and you better believe I was helllllla intimidated. I remember being so nervous to workout in the gym, I didn’t know what to do and I didn’t want to make a fool of myself. We all feel unsettled when we’re taken out of our comfort zone but outside of the comfort zone is where the magic happens. So how did I overcome this nervousness? Well, I wrote myself a program. I wrote a program very similar to the one I have created with Fitplan, using basic equipment and all of the essential movements to build my confidence in the gym. Sticking to this routine, these guidelines, helped me improve my strength both physically and mentally. I want to let you know that I was once nervous, unconfident and a beginner, but now I’m learning and growing stronger each day. You can do it, you just need to take the first step. I have created GYM Active to help you build your confidence and create a strong, lean, toned body so that you can start taking control of your fitness journey and smashing your goals Will it be easy? No. Will it be worth it? Absolutely. ͈ I had such a ball bringing this to life with the incredible Fitplan team. My Gym Active program is available exclusively on @fitplan_app (link in my bio) ͈ Here are some details about the program: ͈ – 8 weeks – Full Body Program – Gym Based – Basic equipment, no machines – 100+ Exercises including exercise progressions – Suitable for All Fitness Levels – For both men and women – 3 – 5 days per week (Frequently increases as you progress through the program) – GOAL: Build confidence in the gym and create a strong, lean and toned body. ͈ AVAILABLE NOW!! I hope you absolutely LOVE it! ❤
And before we hop onto her daily routine, workout plans, and diet ideas here’s a bit of her statistics.
Full Name: Danielle Robertson
Date of Birth: September 26, 1994
Profession: Fitness Instructor, Online Personality
Danielle Robertson’s Journey Towards Fitness
Discovering Her Competitive Nature
Danielle Robertson’s love for competitiveness was actually realized after she came face to face with an unusual incident. During her primary school cross country carnival, Danielle’s best friend challenged her to run a race together, “because it would be so much more fun.” What Danielle’s companion didn’t tell her, was that she would bluff by sprinting the last 50 meters of the race just so she could win. In Danielle’s own words;
“My best friend (at the time) suggested that we should run the race together because it would be “so much more fun”… until the last 50m when she decided to take off into a sprint, breaking all bonds of friendship (at an immature level) for the sake of winning.”
Of course, this incident left Danielle heartbroken (considering she was just a child) and she became very angry and frustrated. She could not believe that her best friend would do something like to her and that is when she realized that she would never be second-best in anything ever again.
A Track and Field Athlete
As she developed motivation and the thirst to win, Danielle set her eyes on the track. Her only goal was to excel in track and field athletics. She went on to excel in sports afterward too becoming one of the best youth track athletes in her area.
For more than 10 years, that is her entire school and college life, Danielle kept her passion for sports and athletics alive. During her events, she also trained hard in the gym to be stronger and have a fit and fast body. All she wanted was to be unbeatable and she worked hard for it.
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BEGINNER HIIT!! ? Make sure to give this video some love and save for later! High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) can be very challenging and demanding on your body. It takes time to build up the stamina/endurance to perform multiple sets of challenging exercises. I wanted to share this beginner HIIT Workout for everyone who is getting started or looking for a low impact training option. ͈ I want the workouts I share to be as inclusive of a variety of fitness levels as possible so if you have any issues or you’re looking for more exercise options please comment below! I’m here to help and want you to feel fit, healthy and confident ❤️ ͈ WORKOUT 3 SETS ͈ 30 seconds work, 20 seconds rest 60 – 90 seconds rest between sets ͈ – Stationary Lunges (each leg) – Butt Kicks – Pop Squats – Mountain Climbers – Kneel to Stand – Bicycles
It was a matter of time after that her passion for fitness kept growing strong. Eventually, she felt she must pursue her love for fitness as a full-time job. So, she became a personal fitness trainer.
A New Career in Fitness
But what makes her career choice so different? Well, for starters, it was anything but easy for her because she was also pursuing law in order to be a criminology major. Naturally, in order to excel at her studies, she had to devote maximum time to it. However, she made sure to train hard in the gym at the same time to keep her strong and lean physique intact.
It was at this time, she earned a personal trainer certificate too.
She stands as an example to all her followers and fans that anything is possible with hard work and if you put your mind to it.
Social media has always been a booming place for budding artists and fitness enthusiasts. That’s where she started posting too. Sh created special social media accounts to show her fitness abilities and spread knowledge about fitness, health, and nutrition.
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UPPER BODY HOME WORKOUT!! ? Make sure to give this video some love (double tap) and save for later! I’ve received a lot of requests for home dumbbell only upper body workouts and ab burners so why not have the best of both worlds? This is a DB only upper body workout with an ab finisher, prepare to feel the burn! Give this workout a try, let me know if you enjoy it and what other workouts you would like me to share! ❤️ ͈ WORKOUT UPPER BODY 3 SETS ͈ – 20 x Alternating Front Raise – 12 x Around The World – 12 x Upright Row – 12 x Bicep Curl – 15 x Tricep Extension ͈ AB FINISHER ͈ 2 SETS ͈ – 20 x Russian Twists – 15 x Overhead Weighted Sit-Ups
With such great content, both by including videos and images, she managed to gain numerous followers quickly. The number kept ongoing and with it, her motivation to perform better. She is currently one of to top fitness guru in Australia. Her mantra? Simply to work hard and pull you are all into what you love the most.
Idols and Influences
One of the people who influenced Danielle was her best friend from her primary school days, who tricked her during a race that she won. At first, Danielle felt betrayed and frustrated by her friend’s deceit. However, this incident also ‘ignited’ a competitive spirit in Danielle, which actually helped her to choose her career path in fitness and become a successful track & field athlete.
Danielle Robertson’s Workout Routine
It is true that the idea of ideal body image changes over time. There were times when people called a voluptuous body ideal. Then some time ago, everyone wanted to be skinny. And now, it is all about looking strong and muscular. Thanks to social media. In fact, Danielle wrote about this issue on her blog, saying,
“So what prompted this blog post and the transformation rampage I am about to unleash? Well, I found an old camera SD card with photos from 2015. I saw a dramatic difference in my body shape over the last couple of years. My first thought was: What was I thinking? Followed closely by: Why would I do that to myself? (excessive dieting, restricted exercise) And finally: Oh yeah, now I remember, that’s when I aimed to please everyone and make everyone happy … except myself. This was when I was impressionable… and modelling.
For me personally my perception of what I should look like has changed so often over the years but the one thing that remained a constant was that my body image was dictated by someone else, in this case, the modelling industry. Now I’m not going to go on a “the modelling industry is horrible” rant because I still model, but now my image is different – that may not work for all clients but it sure as hell works for me. I’ve taken the power back.”
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HOME HIIT WORKOUT!!? ͈ Make sure to give this workout some love (double tap) and save for later! Time for a home sweat sesh! This is a bodyweight only full body HIIT workout which means it doesn’t require any equipment! Give it a try and let me know how you go! If you have any other home workout requests please COMMENT BELOW! ❤️ ͈ Workout Format: This is an interval format, complete each exercise for 40 seconds with 20 seconds rest in between. Allow 60 – 90 seconds rest between sets. ͈ Let’s get amongsttt it! ? ͈ WORKOUT 4 SETS 40 sec work/20 sec rest ͈ – Crab Tucks – Squat Jumps – Plank w/ Toe Tap – X Jumps – Bridge Walk Outs – Knee, Knee, Toe, Toe
She loved both sports and modeling but both required different body construct. While being a sportsperson meant having a strong and muscular physique, being a model came with its own challenges of being skinny and feminine. She says, “I was always involved in sport and athletes throughout High School and there were two directly conflicting influences in my life. One was athletics – the strength it requires to compete demanded strong muscles and a well-conditioned body. Modeling was a direct contradiction to everything I was as an athlete. I was scouted by my first agency at the age of 15, who said I would work well in the industry, but I needed to lose the muscle in my legs. Now just a reminder, I was a long and triple jumper – Main muscle groups required for efficient jumping: glutes, hamstrings, quads – essentially everything that they wanted me to deplete.”
Although she wanted to show her athletic side to the world through social media when she started she was engaged deep into modeling. She recounts, “When my social media started to build, I was heavily involved in modeling. I had incredible support for my athletic passion through social media and I wanted to become a genuinely inspirational figure for health and fitness. Some perceive the female “fitspo” shown on social media as unrealistic, unobtainable, and potentially damaging but social media has helped me break the modeling industry mold.”
But getting into modeling professionally came with its own downside. She felt she was her weakest. She had absolutely no muscular strength and her physique was lean but lanky. She recalls, “In 2015 I was asked to model internationally. These kinds of opportunities don’t present themselves very often and as we know modeling has an expiry date, so I decided to pursue it. I deferred university for a semester and lived abroad for a few months. When I returned home I was at my weakest and I can honestly say I never want to feel like that again. It was a turning point and I wanted to rediscover who I was. I guess I had to experience myself at different levels of health and strength to truly appreciate my fitness. I began strength training – my own home workouts, re-living the glory days at the track and eventually became strong, if not stronger, than I have ever been – both physically and mentally.”
All she wanted to be strong and muscular but she could not be and this led to satisfaction. Months into being back in sports and gyms, she was again criticized for being too big or bulky on social media. But decided to ignore the negative comments, focus on the positive, and continue doing whatever she loved. She says, “I know I will still be critiqued on social media with comments such as “too big” or “too muscular” or “you looked better before” but my current body shape is a result of my desire to feel strong and healthy rather than to please anyone else. So what is the ‘ideal body’? well, that’s completely your choice. I believe your ideal body should be the point where you feel your best and you are most confident. Most importantly, it’s your body, take back the power.”
She does not follow any typical workout patterns and try to involve exercises that have multiple movements so that she can work on more than one muscle group at once. But this does not mean she does not do isolation exercises. She thinks a combination of both of them is great for muscle building and strength. Her isolation exercises are mostly what is called the “finisher.”
She also does some cardio every once in a while, probably 2 times a week to keep her body fat low. She says she likes doing HIIT workout more because it helps raise her heartbeat and keeps her blood pumping throughout the session.
That’s all about Danielle Robertson’s fitness routine with her workouts in the gym.
Danielle Robertson’s Diet Plan
Danielle’s diet is typically healthy, clean, nutritious, and wholesome. She loves to eat a lot of raw foods that are rich in digestive enzymes and provides her with a lot of fiber, especially raw fruits, and veggies. It helps her to have a healthy gut and provides her enough energy to stay active throughout the day. Raw foods are also very nutrient-dense so it helps her to stay lean and build muscle without the fat.
As for supplements, she likes to eat more wholesome foods that cover her daily macro goals than to rely on supplements. But she admits to having protein powder every day so that she can add some extra protein in her diet and build muscle rapidly.
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She does not have a fixed or restrictive meal plan but she makes sure whatever she eats is nutrient-dense and healthy. She likes to share her flavorful and healthy recipes online with her fans to keep them motivated and make them aware of the fact that healthy food does not have to be bland and tasteless.
Here are some of her favorite healthy recipes:
- 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup regular or almond milk
- 3/4 cup wholemeal flour
- 2 tbsp vanilla whey protein powder
- 2 tbsp baking powder
- 1/2 tbsp baking soda
- 3/4 cup dates chopped
- 1/2 cup walnuts chopped
- 1 Egg
- 4 tbsp grapeseed oil
- 2 tbsp rice malt syrup
- 1/3 cup prune juice
- 1 mashed ripe banana
- Pre-heat oven to 200°C and lightly grease muffin trays.
- Combine oats and milk in a medium bowl and allow to soak for approximately 10 minutes.
- In a separate large bowl mix our, whey protein, baking powder, baking soda, dates, and walnuts.
- In another bowl combine egg, oil, rice malt syrup, and prune juice and then add oats mixture. Stir until well combined. Add our mix and mashed banana.
- Spoon batter into the prepared muffin tray. Bake for 10 – 15 minutes or until golden brown.
- Cool for 5 minutes and enjoy as a snack Store in an airtight container.
Peanut Butter Protein Ball Recipe
Treat Yo’Self! With our not-so-naughty Peanut Butter Protein Ball Recipe!
Give it a go and satisfy your snacking sweet tooth or enjoy it as a post-workout treat!
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 2 tbsp. rice malt syrup
- 1⁄2 cup rolled oats
- 1⁄4 cup desiccated coconut
- 1⁄2 cup protein powder
- 1⁄4 cup dates, finely chopped
- Extra coconut for rolling
- 2 tbsps. coconut oil
- 2 tbsps. water
- Extra desiccated coconut for rolling
- Mix together peanut butter and Rice Malt syrup in a large bowl until well combined.
- Add oats, coconut, protein powder, and dates and mix well.
- Once the mixture has formed a slightly sticky dough, take small parts of the mixture and roll into balls with your hands, then roll in extra coconut.
- If the mixture is too soft add extra protein powder or oats, if it is too dry, add extra peanut butter or rice malt syrup.
- Refrigerate the protein balls until firm and store them in an airtight container.
Sweet Potato Boats
What is better than a sweet potato?
That’s right, the answer is nothing! Check out one of my favorite sweet potato recipes that is super simple and delicious!
This recipe is featured in many other books, for example, Simply Good eBook. If you are looking to spice up your meal prep you can get inspired by this one.
- 1 small sweet potato
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1⁄2 cup shredded lettuce 1⁄2 cup diced tomato
- 1⁄2 cup diced cucumber 1⁄4 diced avocado
- 1⁄2 cup quinoa
- 1 cup of water
- 2 tbsp greek yogurt
- Pre-heat oven to 200 C and line oven tray with baking paper.
- Cut sweet potato in half, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt.
- Bake sweet potato for 30 minutes or until cooked through.
- Place uncooked quinoa and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for approximately 15 – 20 minutes until the liquid has been absorbed and quinoa is cooked through (add extra water is necessary.)
- Once the sweet potato is cooked, allow to cool for 5 minutes and top with quinoa, shredded lettuce, diced tomato, cucumber, avocado, and Greek yogurt.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy your delicious Sweet Potato Boat!
These were a few of her favorite meal recipes although she has shared a lot more on her social media channels. Clearly, she eats healthy and wholesome foods. She likes her food to be rich in taste and makes healthy swaps.
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If you’re looking for a quick, easy, delicious AND healthy snack, look no further (but continuing watching this video because we’re about to get COOKIN’). Today we’re making egglettes, these high protein snacks will satisfy your cravings and are the perfect on the go snack for busy schedules. ͈ INGREDIENTS – 6 eggs – 3 Mushrooms (Sliced) – ¼ Cup Feta (Crumbled) – ½ Cup Baby Spinach – 2 Shallots (Chopped) – Splash of Almond Milk ͈ METHOD 1. Preheat oven to 180°C 2. Wisk eggs and almond milk in large mixing bowl 3. Add selected ingredients to pre-greased baking tray 4. Pour egg mixture into baking tray 5. Bake for 10 minutes or until cooked through 6. Allow to cool slightly, enjoy!
That is all about Danielle Robertson’s journey towards achieving her dream career and all about her fitness goals through her workout routine and her diet plans.