GGS Spotlight: Reshaunda Thornton


Name: Reshaunda Thornton RD, LD, CSSD
Age: 38
Location: St. Louis, MO

What does being a Girl Gone Strong mean to you? 
It means my strength is defined in multiple ways: physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, cognitively, physiologically.

How long have you been strength training, and how did you get started?
I have been strength training for over 20 years. It started as a high school basketball and track athlete and continued on throughout college. My coaches introduced strength training to us as a component of increased athletic ability.

What does your typical workout look like?
I typically workout four times per week in the morning, for one and a half hours to two hours each time. I combine cardio with strength training, doing an average of 45 minutes of each. I alternate upper body and lower body days to give myself a rest in between.

Favorite lift: 
Back squats with the bench bar.

Most memorable PR:
Squatting 225 pounds.

Top 5 songs on your training playlist: 

  • Girl on Fire, Alicia Keys
  • Formation, Beyonce
  • 24K Magic, Bruno Mars
  • Suit & Tie, Justin Timberlake
  • Hotline Bling, Drake

Top 3 things you must have at the gym or in your gym bag:

  • Lip balm
  • Chewing gum
  • Headphones

Do you prefer to train alone or with others? Why?
I usually train alone and sometimes with my boyfriend. Training solo helps me to stay focused on my workout intensity and body movement.

Most embarrassing gym moment:
Forgetting my sports bra. At those times, I have to tone down my intensity and focus on controlled movements that don’t require a lot of jumping or running.

Most memorable compliment you’ve received lately:
“You have such great energy and a strong presence.”

Most recent compliment you gave someone else:
“You are looking great, but more importantly you are looking happy.”

Favorite meal: 
Breakfast — egg white omelet loaded with vegetables and toast with avocado-lime spread.

Favorite way to treat yourself:
Spending time with my son. He’s almost a teenager and we can do more active things with a little bit of competition.

Favorite quote: 

Image is what people think we are, integrity is what we really are. — John C. Maxwell

Favorite book:
Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg

What inspires and motivates you? 
Every day I can live out my passion to change lives. I am also motivated because we live in a world where we have more opportunity to excel despite our gender, race, socioeconomic status, or sexual orientation.

What do you do?
I am Registered Dietitian who specializes in sports nutrition and nutrition consultation. I have a private practice where I work intensely with individuals, athletes, and groups to create eating habits that will fit into their lifestyle.

What else do you do?
I love watching movies, listening to podcasts, spending time with friends & family, getting outside for leisure activity (hiking, tennis, running), listening to live music, and creative activities (painting, games, music).

Describe a typical day in your life:
I start off with a morning workout, grabbing a healthy breakfast. Next, I prepare to meet with clients or work on creating nutritional content. As the day comes to an end, I enjoy putting together a creative dinner and settling down to watch a favorite TV series, read a new book, or spend quality time with my son.

Your next training goal:
My goal is to continue to maintain my fitness, try something new to push my physical fitness and make sure I am having fun the whole time.

For what are you most grateful?
I am most grateful for my thirst to increase my health, and that it can resonate with the people around me. I am grateful for having such endurance in what I do and doing what I love everyday.

Of what life accomplishment do you feel most proud?
I have been able to create and build my private practice in non-traditional approaches. I have the ability to run my own company and watch it evolve and grow over time.

Which three words best describe you?
Self-driven. Optimistic. Disciplined with balance.

What’s a risk you’ve taken recently, and how did it turn out?
The risk was the confidence to go out on my own and establish a different approach to nutrition. By doing this, I have witnessed that this path can lead to success and self-fulfillment.

How has lifting weights changed your life?
It has been a great analogy for pushing myself, being uncomfortable, and getting up the next day to do it again.

What’s the coolest “side effect” you’ve experienced from strength training?
Having great energy and confidence in my physical ability, conquering the fear of incapability, and learning that strength comes from strife.

What do you want to say to other women who might be nervous or hesitant about strength training?

We are all made to move our body and put it through challenges. That’s how we become stronger.

Strength is not only about physical strength but more importantly mental and emotional strength. Don’t be afraid to lift, don’t be afraid of discomfort. It is needed to become better, stronger, healthier. It also leads to the breakthrough from the mental chains of not being (strong) enough.

You can learn more about Reshaunda on her website, and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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