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Representation Matters: Eating Disorders Aren't Just for White Girls
When you think about eating disorders what is the image that comes to mind? Is it one of teenaged vanity? Of emaciated white women agonizing in front of the mirror or hunched over the toilet? For a long time, the...
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8 Unintentional Ways Trainers Promote Disordered Eating (and What to Do Instead)
Dear fitness professionals, are you inadvertently misdirecting your clients? Are you unconsciously promoting disordered eating? What we hear, think, and say has a profound influence on how we feel about our health and our bodies. As personal trainers and fitness...
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The Truth About Alcohol and Breastfeeding
There’s a lot of confusing and conflicting information around mothers drinking alcohol and breastfeeding. Advice ranges from “Don’t drink at all; no amount of alcohol is safe for your baby!” to “Just follow the general guidelines that everyone should follow;...
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How Habit-Based Training Can Help You Spend More Time Outdoors
Since I wrote an article for GGS about the benefits of spending more time outdoors, many women have asked the question, “What can I do outside instead of going to the gym?” Today, I want to share my favorite outdoor...
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The Importance of Community in Fitness
While your fitness pursuits can certainly be a solo affair, there’s one aspect that can be a determining factor when it comes to the consistency with which you move your body, and the longevity of your endeavors: finding a sense...
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How to Support Your Clients to Move From Disordered Eating Toward Lasting Health
As a personal trainer you attract clients of all sizes who are looking to make behavioral and physical changes in the pursuit of health and wellness. And, you’re committed to helping people achieve exactly that, which is why it’s so...
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3 Situations When You Shouldn’t Push Through Pain
If you’ve read any of my work about pain, you might have a good framework on its complexity. If you haven’t read any of my work on pain, I’d encourage you to start here. Knowing when to stop pushing through...
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Signs Your Client May Be Suffering From an Eating Disorder
In my early 20s, I hired my first personal trainer to lose weight. At the time, I was suffering from binge eating disorder, and had been for a period of two years. As I began to lose weight, this binge...
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A Better Understanding of Shoulder Health
The shoulder is amazing, it really is! It is so complex and so interesting. (I know, as an orthopedic surgeon, I am expected to say uncool things like that, but it’s true.) If you have ever experienced shoulder pain when...
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