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Lifting Cultural Expectations

When I step into the weight room of my neighborhood gym, I am usually the only woman. If there is another one, I check her out and greet her in my hea...
22-03-2018 21:52

How Your Diet Helps You Achieve These 3 Popular Fitness Goal

You may have heard some version of the saying ?a fit body is made in the kitchen.? While your training choices play a big role in your ability to acco...
20-03-2018 21:56

Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Fitness Space

I can?t recall a moment during my time working in the fitness industry where I didn?t hate myself. It seems ironic when you think about it. Fitness is...
15-03-2018 21:54

Why Muscle Stiffness Isn’t Always Bad (and How to Tell

No one wants to be sidelined by pain or injury, which is why you might wonder if something is up when you notice that you don?t have as much flexibili...
13-03-2018 21:53

GGS Spotlight: Ashley-Drake Estes

Name: Ashley-Drake Estes Age: 31 Location: Portland, OR What does being a Girl Gone Strong mean to you" It means exuding strength in my overall being...
11-03-2018 21:53

Who Gets to Call Themselves an Athlete"

It?s 8:40 a.m. and I?m getting changed for my first period gym class. I am trying very hard to change without anyone seeing my body, my breasts, my st...
08-03-2018 21:52

The Pitfalls of Using Gendered Terminology in Fitness

When I first began powerlifting I was told I had to use the 20-kilogram bar for competition. For those of you who aren?t familiar with bar sizes, in m...
06-03-2018 21:51

5 Important Tips for Maximum Muscle Gain

If there?s one thing I have an insatiable appetite for (other than cake, of course), it?s muscles. Getting bigger, on purpose, has become one of my gr...
01-03-2018 21:52

5 Considerations When Training Clients With Pelvic Organ Pro

If any of your clients has ever given birth ? and considering that 85 percent of women do, there?s a very strong likelihood that many among your clien...
27-02-2018 21:49

GGS Spotlight: Tiffeny Parker

Name: Tiffeny Parker Age: 29 Location: Dallas, TX What does being a Girl Gone Strong mean to you" Being a Girl Gone Strong to me means digging in and ...
25-02-2018 21:49

Striving for “Perfect Posture"” Choose Move

There?s this ridiculous idea floating around that we?ll damage our spine if our posture is less than perfect. Why is it ridiculous" Because our bodies...
22-02-2018 21:48

Considerations for Returning to CrossFit After Pregnancy

Have you ever had the feeling someone is hiding something from you" It?s happened to me several times now, so I know it?s not a fluke. You see, I?m a ...
21-02-2018 21:50

5 Common Mistakes That Might Prevent You From Reaching Your

The pull-up is one of my favorite exercises, and for an abundance of reasons. To state the obvious, pull-ups are tremendous for improving upper body s...
15-02-2018 21:47

My Body Size Does Not Determine My Ability

Self-talk is a pretty big deal. We all have internal monologues that consistently play in our head, guiding us through our day. If we are lucky, those...
14-02-2018 21:48

How to Assess Your Postpartum Client

A woman?s body goes through significant physiological and psychological changes during pregnancy, and labor and delivery. As a health and fitness prof...
12-02-2018 21:52

Coaching & Training Women Academy Spotlight: Kimberly B

Name: Kimberly Boal Age: 52 Location: Pennsylvania What was your first thought when you learned about the Coaching & Training Women Academy and the Pr...
10-02-2018 21:49

How Vaginal Tearing During Delivery Affects Returning to Exe

Whether it?s your first child or you?re a seasoned mother, the days, weeks and months following the birth of a baby can feel like a rollercoaster for ...
08-02-2018 21:51

A Clear Understanding of Consent, in Sexual Situations and B

If someone kisses you, does that mean they?re also consenting to sex" What if they go home with you and kiss you" If someone has had sex with you befo...
07-02-2018 21:50

4 Ways Becoming a Certified Pre- & Postnatal Coach Will

This month marks my 14th year of being deeply involved in the health and fitness industry. From the very beginning, I was committed to seeking out the...
05-02-2018 21:51

Coaching & Training Women Academy Spotlight: Mona Valst

Name: Mona Valstad Elsness Age: 40 Location: Oslo, Norway What was your first thought when you learned about the Coaching & Training Women Academy and...
04-02-2018 21:50

Coaching Clients Who Want Their “Pre-Baby Body”

Advice and guidelines on postpartum weight loss can be extremely confusing, and there is one good reason for this: Everybody is different! This means ...
01-02-2018 21:51

The Transformative Power of Boxing for Women

Boxing is an incredible sport that can offer surprising benefits ? depending of course on what you?re prepared to put into it! As an enthusiast, compe...
31-01-2018 21:52

Does Everyone Get Diastasis Recti in Pregnancy"

Diastasis recti abdominis (DRA) is one of the more notable changes that takes place during pregnancy. To accommodate the growing baby, the abdomen exp...
30-01-2018 21:50

CPPC Spotlight: Dr. Mac Nwosu

Name: Mac Nwosu Age: 29 Location: Houston, TX What was your first thought when you learned about the Coaching & Training Women Academy and the Pre- & ...
28-01-2018 21:54

What You Need to Know to Get Started With Powerlifting

Powerlifting ? images featuring well-muscled men wearing singlets, sniffing nose tork and clapping their chalk-covered hands together as they stalk up...
24-01-2018 21:52

Why Every New Mother Should See a Pelvic Health Physiotherap

When immersed in the fog of new motherhood, adding one more item to the list can seem daunting, but if there?s one appointment that every mother shoul...
23-01-2018 21:50

CPPC Spotlight: Stephanie Bauman

Name: Stephanie Bauman Age: 30 Location: Belpre, OH What was your first thought when you learned about the Coaching & Training Women Academy and the P...
21-01-2018 21:58

3 Exercises Your Clients Should Do Immediately Postpartum

If you?re working with a new mom, you probably know how important it is for her to take some time after welcoming her baby into the world to focus on ...
18-01-2018 21:51

5 Advanced Squat Variations You Haven’t Tried

Squatting is one of the main fundamental movement patterns. In the gym, performing bilateral and unilateral squatting exercises strengthens and develo...
16-01-2018 21:54

GGS Spotlight: Kim Lloyd

Name: Kim Lloyd Age: 41 Location: Topsham, ME What does being a Girl Gone Strong mean to you"  It means being unapologetically, unabashedly who I am....
14-01-2018 21:50

Understanding Birth Trauma and Its Effects on Women

Birth trauma in mothers is a term used to describe postpartum post-traumatic stress disorder (P-PTSD). According to Postpartum Support International, ...
11-01-2018 21:51

Why is Everything Such a Shameful Secret"

When the occasional (poorly informed) person tries to tell me that sexism doesn?t exist anymore, I sometimes ask in response: So you think women can t...
09-01-2018 21:52

The Power of Accepting Personal Responsibility

Personal responsibility is the golden ticket to living your most empowered life. By accepting full responsibility for your words and actions (or lack ...
04-01-2018 21:49

How I Made Peace With My Appetite

Note from GGS: It?s important to distinguish the difference between detrimental behaviors and clinically diagnosed eating disorders. This article is n...
02-01-2018 21:50

GGS Spotlight: Lynette Phillips

Name: Lynette Phillips Age: 29 Location: Colorado How did you find out about Girls Gone Strong" My mom, Brenda Reid, was in the Strongest You Coaching...
31-12-2017 21:50

Good Nutrition With a Family

It?s 8 a.m. on a Wednesday, I?ve been working for three hours, I just dropped my son off at school, my partner is still sleeping, and I?m already tire...
28-12-2017 21:52

Me Too

As women, it?s sadly unsurprising to learn that another woman we know has experienced sexual harassment, assault or violence ? after all, most of us h...
26-12-2017 21:52

GGS Spotlight: Nicole McKeon

Name: Nicole ?Nikki? Anita McKeon Age: 43 Location: Locust Valley, NY How did you find out about Girls Gone Strong" I believe it was when I read an ar...
24-12-2017 21:47

Thinking of Setting Up a Home Gym"

We?re all trying to do our very best in our busy lives. For some of us, the gym is a haven of sorts, a place where we get to focus wholly on ourselves...
21-12-2017 21:49

Your Purpose in Life is Not Fat Loss

For years, I put my life on hold: all I did was grind away, working towards fat loss. When I say it was all I did, I?m not exaggerating: I didn?t have...
20-12-2017 21:49

GGS Spotlight: Larissa Mercado-López

Name: Larissa M. Mercado-López Age: 35 Location: Fresno, CA What does being a Girl Gone Strong mean to you" There is a word in Spanish word that I try...
17-12-2017 21:44

Why Not Having Children is a Valid and Healthy Choice

Women are constantly questioned about our reproductive choices: How many kids are you going to have, and when" Are you going to breastfeed" Do you use...
14-12-2017 21:45

A Travel Strength Circuit (For When You Have No Space At All

If your holidays look anything like mine, you?re visiting family or friends, the house where you?re staying is full of people, and while you might be ...
12-12-2017 21:46

What is Pain and Why Do We Experience It"

When it comes to knowing pain, the science is clear: knowledge is powerful [1-7]. The more I learn about this incredibly complex topic, the more empow...
07-12-2017 21:43

What’s the Deal With Incontinence"

I had the most embarrassing incident two years ago when I was presenting at a fitness workshop in Green Bay, Wisconsin. I peed my pants. Worse than th...
05-12-2017 21:45

GGS Spotlight: Kelly Bruno

Name: Kelly Bruno Age: 33 Location: San Diego, CA What does being a Girl Gone Strong mean to you"  I am honored to be considered a Girl Gone Strong. ...
03-12-2017 21:47

How to Talk to Our Children About Body Diversity

Whether you?re a parent or not, there?s a good chance that, if you have children in your life, whether a sibling, niece or nephew, of children of frie...
30-11-2017 21:47

Why You Need Good Wrist Mobility

The wrist is an area of the body, and yet we don?t often think about it when we?re training. However, it plays an important role in upper body functio...
28-11-2017 19:49

How Gratitude Helped Me Get Comfortable in the Gym

When I was younger, I hated working out with what I considered to be traditional fitness methods. Gym class, which mainly meant running laps and doing...
23-11-2017 21:50

Self-Care is an Act of Survival

As women, we all serve in multiple roles during any given day day. We may serve as mom, daughter, significant other, sister, boss, co-worker, entrepre...
21-11-2017 21:50

GGS Spotlight: Karen Knowlton

Name: Karen Knowlton Age: 34 Location: San Francisco, CA What does being a Girl Gone Strong mean to you" To me, this means that I am always pushing my...
19-11-2017 21:50

How to Train If You Have Endometriosis

Endometriosis affects one in 10 women worldwide with the main sign being period pain. Thriving with endometriosis can be challenging, and many women w...
16-11-2017 21:49

Dealing with Grief and Loss

Life is hard sometimes. Like, really, really hard. Almost everyone I know is dealing with something really hard right now: natural disaster, cancer, i...
14-11-2017 21:54

Black Girl Pilates: My Catalyst for Strength

Fitness has always been important to me. I am the middle child and only girl between two boys who were competitive athletes. Growing up, I was very at...
09-11-2017 21:48

5 Exercises to Help Your Clients Reduce Their Pregnancy Ache

If you?re working with pregnant clients ? or have experienced pregnancy yourself ? you?re aware that pregnancy usually comes with its fair share of ac...
07-11-2017 21:47

GGS Spotlight: Suzanne Ko

Name: Suzanne Ko Age: 44 Location: Chicago, IL What does being a Girl Gone Strong mean to you" Being a Girl Gone Strong means being a part of a commun...
05-11-2017 21:50

Life as a Plus-Size Trainer

I?ve been a personal trainer for 7 years now. I consider myself a bit of a ?sneaky? trainer, because to look at me you would have no idea. I look noth...
02-11-2017 21:48

Turning Menopausal Depression Into a Positive Experience

When we think of menopause, we imagine we will experience all the symptoms that our mothers told us about: the hot flashes, the extra weight around th...
01-11-2017 21:54

5 Tips for Overcoming Fitness Challenges After Breast Cancer

No one thinks that they are going to get cancer, especially when you?ve spent a good portion of your life doing everything right. Breast cancer is on ...
26-10-2017 21:46

6 Tips For Trainers Working With Older Clients

When I hear a trainer ask a question about training older clients, I ask how old is older. As a 46-year-old, I chuckle a bit when the answer is over 4...
24-10-2017 21:48

GGS Spotlight: Amee Livingston

Name: Amee Livingston Age: 44 Location: McDonough, GA (Atlanta area) What does being a Girl Gone Strong mean to you" Being a Girl Gone Strong means em...
22-10-2017 21:49

Handstand Training: Fun Progressions to Build Stability and

Oftentimes, people rush to lift heavy loads ? sometimes too heavy loads! ? without thinking about spending time building their stabilizers. It is impo...
19-10-2017 21:50

Nutrition Considerations During Cancer Treatment

Compared to most people, I was extremely well qualified to make decisions about proper nutrition during cancer treatment: I had a Bachelor?s degree in...
17-10-2017 21:47

High Risk and Low Reward Exercises: Are They Worth It"

How many times have you been asked the question ?Is [fill in the blank exercise] bad for my [fill in the blank joint or body part]" Your answer shoul...
12-10-2017 21:52

Why Chasing Strength Matters

Physical strength is one component of fitness that has a profound effect on many other areas of life. You?ve probably read blog posts or articles abou...
10-10-2017 21:47

GGS Spotlight: Laura Franklin

Name: Laura Franklin Age: 30 Location: Davidson, NC What does being a Girl Gone Strong mean to you" It?s about finding and embracing your power in wha...
08-10-2017 21:50

A Targeted Circuit for Strong Glutes

The glutes ? comprised of the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, and gluteus minimus ? are the largest muscle in our bodies. In my opinion, this means t...
06-10-2017 21:46

Cultivating Self-Trust: What it Takes to Get On Your Own Sid

I once was talking to a potential coaching client on the phone. As we talked about her fears and confidence around weight loss, she lowered her voice ...
03-10-2017 21:48

Managing Your Expectations: How to Set Yourself Up for Succe

Several years ago, I was following a pretty strict meal plan in hopes of losing some body fat. I could only white-knuckle my way through the meal plan...
28-09-2017 21:51

Is Being Really Lean Really Worth It"

Asking whether or not being really lean is really worth it ? in the fitness industry, no less ? might seem like an odd thing to consider, particularly...
26-09-2017 21:49

GGS Spotlight: Lucy Liang

Name: Lucy Liang Age: 27 Location: Seattle, WA What does being a Girl Gone Strong mean to you" Acknowledging ownership of what you can control today. ...
24-09-2017 21:56

How to Combat Stress Eating

Disclaimer: the intent of this article is to give proactive suggestions to women to help prevent seeking self-comfort from food during occasional incr...
21-09-2017 21:52

Strongest You Coaching F.A.Q.

What is Strongest You Coaching (SYC)" Strongest You Coaching is a nine-month online group coaching program that addresses nutrition, training, mindset...
19-09-2017 21:54

Beyond Mastery: Kettlebell Flow Workout

Kettlebells are beginning to become more of a household name. They are popping up in more and more gyms and local stores, and of course they really ca...
19-09-2017 21:54

5 Life-Changing Nutrition Tips for New Moms

Nothing has tested my relationship with food like pregnancy and the early postpartum months did! There are a couple main nutrition challenges that new...
14-09-2017 21:49

Debunking Nutrition Myths for the Vegan Strength Athlete

I?ve been a vegan for 17 years now, and in that time, I?ve seen the movement grow and change significantly. The great news is that vegan ?cheese? no l...
13-09-2017 21:52

GGS Spotlight: Carolina Belmares

Name:  Carolina Belmares Age:  35 Location:  Barrie, Ontario. Canada What does being a Girl Gone Strong mean to you"  Being you, in your own terms. A...
11-09-2017 21:48

3 Things You Should Never Say to a Pregnant Client

As a fitness professional, it is likely that women represent a considerable percentage of your training population. And, chances are, at least some of...
07-09-2017 21:44

Working With Female Clients During Menopause and Beyond

If you are a trainer who works with women, and your clients are experiencing menopausal symptoms, then chances are you have entered a realm of persona...
06-09-2017 21:49

5 Important Considerations When Training New Moms

Birth and motherhood have their share of ups and downs and, as fitness professionals and health professionals, we have an important role to play in a ...
05-09-2017 21:49

?I came to the gym Monday a different trainer.?

One of the best parts of my job is getting feedback from women like you about the work we do at GGS. I recently spoke at a large conference in Chicago...
04-09-2017 21:43

How to Support Your Clients Through Miscarriage and Infant L

Miscarriage, stillbirth, elective termination, failed IVF, childbirth, SIDS ? these are all examples of pre-term and neonatal loss. Pregnancy loss is ...
31-08-2017 21:44

Frequently Asked Questions: Pre- & Postnatal Coaching C

Enrollment for the Pre- & Postnatal Coaching Certification opens on September 5th. Here are answers to some of your most frequently asked questions. I...
31-08-2017 21:44

Why You Need Better Ankle Mobility

Unless you?ve ever suffered an ankle injury, you probably haven?t given much thought to how your ankles move. What you might not realize is that nearl...
30-08-2017 21:45

3 Myths About C-Sections That Are Hurting Moms

C-section births are extremely common in many developed countries. In fact, in 2015, 32 percent of babies in the United States were born via Cesarean ...
29-08-2017 21:46

GGS Spotlight: Jen De Mel

Name: Jen de Mel Age: 37 Location: London, UK What does being a Girl Gone Strong mean to you" Being a Girl Gone Strong means feeling powerful instead...
28-08-2017 21:46

Find Your Balance

Every day is a balancing act, literally! No, really. You balance every single day, even when walking on flat surfaces. It?s very easy to take it for g...
24-08-2017 21:49

How Nutrition Needs Change During Pregnancy

Most women understand that when they become pregnant, their diets may need to change. But, exactly what that means ? beside skipping the wine and raw ...
24-08-2017 21:49

How to Help Your Postpartum Clients Heal Diastasis Recti

During pregnancy, as the baby is developing and the belly grows, what many pregnant women don?t realize is that, to accommodate that growth, changes a...
22-08-2017 21:49

Myths Wrecking Your Squat Technique

Squatting is both an exercise and a basic human movement. Whether you like squats or not, you probably do it multiple times every day. Odds are nobod...
17-08-2017 21:47

GGS Spotlight: Concita Thomas

Name: Concita Thomas Age: 40 Location: Dallas, TX What does being a Girl Gone Strong mean to you" Being a Girl Gone Strong means that I take ownershi...
14-08-2017 21:47

Let’s Talk About Black Female Representation in Fitnes

I have been in the fitness profession for approximately more than six years as a Pilates instructor extraordinaire who also cross trains across a lot ...
14-08-2017 21:47

Do You Need to Ditch the Diet Mindset"

?I feel like I should try to lose five pounds.? I was sitting at a swanky sushi bar in Vegas with a new friend who we?ll call Alison. She knew what ...
10-08-2017 21:45

Regressing and Progressing 4 Basic Movements

It often seems like everyone is looking for the quick fix or the magic pill for instant results. As coaches, it?s our duty to educate our clients and ...
08-08-2017 21:59

3 Quick and Effective Outdoor Bodyweight Workouts

I genuinely enjoy to going to the gym and lifting some heavy weights and look forward to it most days. However, once in a while I wake up to a beautif...
03-08-2017 21:50

How to Train Clients with Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction

Pregnancy is a time of tremendous change and growth, both for baby and mom. A woman?s body undergoes many structural adaptations to accommodate the gr...
02-08-2017 21:46

How One Woman Went from Counting Blueberries on the Plate, t

The bar is loaded and the announcer calls her name. ?Katelyn Lipa, you have one minute to complete the lift.? The clock starts as she walks to the pla...
31-07-2017 21:45

3 Moves to Super-Charge Your Glute Training

The glutes are the largest, and arguably, the most influential muscle group in the human body. This powerhouse, which I often refer to as the ?master ...
27-07-2017 21:46

What Women Need to Know About Concussions

?Follow my finger with your eyes?? ?What?s your name"? ?Do you know where you are"? These are the kinds of questions that we commonly see asked when s...
25-07-2017 21:46

Creating Welcoming Gym Environments for Trans and Gender Non

It?s no secret that working out and strength training can have positive effects on our mental health. Exercise can reduce anxiety and depression. 1,2 ...
20-07-2017 21:45

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