PURPOSE. The inspirational story of Gracie Davis

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By Ben York

“An outsider, a loner, that is what you are labeled. But the truth is you cannot afford the distractions of those who would choose to walk aimlessly through their lives on a path towards nothingness.”

Even though she was born an identical triplet, in many ways, powerlifter Gracie Davis felt completely alone. Like an outsider. The “black sheep” of the family. That insatiable feeling of despair, isolation and darkness came at an early age.

At just 11-years-old, she began searching for attention and for her individuality. To be different, she started sneaking around. Getting drunk. High. Clashed with the police.

By age 13, Davis had already bounced around multiple foster homes and entered a long-term treatment center for recovery.  

Her future seemed murky at best, but her story was far from over.

“You cannot afford to be pulled into the fray of a mediocre existence. You have always had a drive towards something more. A deeper meaning to why you exist.”

Recreational drugs eventually turned into a massive cocaine addiction.

One treatment center turned into many.

A day-long binge turned into several.

Davis was merely existing. Deep down, though, Davis always felt like she was meant for something more. Something … powerful.

Until she found her passion of powerlifting, the drugs helped to numb that feeling of mediocrity. Nevertheless, she kept chasing her purpose.

At age 22, Davis made a decision that would change the course of her life.

“And like-minded people have been impossible to find. So for you all of those hours alone have not really been alone at all, they were spent with your dream, with your passion, with the goal in your life. Early mornings, late nights, all perfecting yourself, all moving forward to a redemption of your outsider status.”

In 2009, at age 22 and unhappy with the direction of her life, Davis walked into a gym not even knowing what a dumbbell was.

In a few short weeks, she lost 20 pounds and found herself plateauing.

She wanted more. Her life’s calling quickly came into focus.

That’s when she began strength training.

Only a couple of months later, Davis competed in her first powerlifting meet.

She hit 9/9 and qualified for provincial level competitions in the raw 148-pounds class.

Remarkable. Incredible. Inspiring. Pick one and you’d be right.

“Being a recovering addict, I was constantly searching for something outside of myself to fill the void, anything to get away from myself,” Davis said. “I found powerlifting when I was four years clean. I feel like it is a huge part of my recovery and has played a great deal in me staying clean. It’s my outlet. I love being able to go into the gym and turn everything else off. It’s better than I remember the dope ever being.”

“When all of those around you will be forced to recognize that while their lives are being spent on random moments that do not amount to success, your life is spent chasing down your destined victory. You are the one living a life that has amounted to true significance.”

For the first time in her life, Davis felt “good” at something.

She felt she had a “purpose.”

Looking back at everything she’s been able to overcome, she credits powerlifting for saving her life. And she’s making it her mission to inspire others. Today, she is a professional powerlifter who has been recognized as one of the strongest and most versatile women lifters in the world.

“This sport can be for everyone,” she said with passion. “The only requirement for membership is a desire to get better. Once you step on that platform, everything changes. Your purpose in the gym becomes so much more.”

“Yours is a life of direct and absolute PURPOSE.”

Decide. Commit. Succeed.

That has become Davis’ motto. The driving force in her life.

She decided to get clean, committed to bettering herself and succeeded where others failed.

That’s why Davis is one of the most influential and inspirational people in all of powerlifting.

And an APEMAN athlete.