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Apr, 27 Gwen Wark Mindset

Navigating The Gym When You Feel Like You Don’t Belong

The smiling attendant at the upscale London tennis club scans me in, hands me a towel, waves me through. I’m a new member, but this isn’t my first rodeo. I love the gym, and this upscale, south London paradise is probably one of the nicest I’ve ever stepped foot in. All is well until I hit […]

4 Exercises for Bolder Shoulders

I’m a petite person, but I have always had a rather big upper body. I used to absolutely hate my broad shoulders. I’d describe them as linebacker shoulders, in the most negative way possible. For as long as I can remember, I’ve carried myself with a slumped posture to make those big shoulders appear a […]

Apr, 23 GGS GGS Spotlight

GGS Spotlight: Marcie Sislow

Name:   Marcie Sislow Age: 39 Location: Seattle, WA What does being a Girl Gone Strong mean to you? It means being unafraid to live in your own skin! Discovering my own strength increased my self-confidence and has helped me to be a better role model for my daughter. I believe being self-sufficient is empowering, being […]

Are Big Muscles “Scary?”

There I was at the pool, reading a good book, soaking up some much needed vitamin D, and doing my best to enjoy a beautiful summer day, when I overheard a conversation that left me feeling triggered. I’d forgotten my headphones, which means I couldn’t help but hear most of the conversation going on between […]

What To Expect When You’re (Not) Expecting: Fertility Testing Basics

Not everyone is a “Fertile Myrtle”… the endearing term we OB-GYNs often give to those women who get pregnant in the blink of an eye. We’ve probably all known someone who can conceive effortlessly, it seems! In actuality, although studies demonstrate that the large majority (80 to 90 percent) of seemingly healthy couples will conceive […]

Getting Started With Strength Training — True Stories From Former First-Timers

For someone new to strength training or thinking about starting, it can feel at once inspiring and intimidating. If that sounds familiar, just remember… Everyone has been a beginner at some point. For me, everything started on a summer day in 2009. As I sat in the parking lot of the gym looking over the print-out […]

Reconnecting With Your Sexuality After Sexual Assault

A note on the terms victim and survivor in this article: Words have power. The word victim is often used to describe someone who has experienced sexual assault, but many women prefer to call themselves survivors rather than victims. Proponents of using survivor feel that it is an active term implying a journey of healing, […]

GGS Spotlight: Sara Sutherland

Name:   Sara Sutherland Age: 35 Location: Aurora, Nebraska What does being a Girl Gone Strong mean to you? That I can flex and say “Welcome to the Gun Show” any time that I want! Lifting weights fuels my mind and body to know and feel that I am a strong woman. I want to be […]

Why Crawling Is Vital At Any Age

You’ve probably noticed that crawling has recently been coming up a lot more in fitness websites and magazines. Perhaps you’ve seen someone crawling around at the gym, and you’ve wondered, “What in the world is that person doing?” If you’re lucky, you work with a coach or trainer who already includes a bit of crawling […]

Beyond The Back Squat: 3 Squat Variations To Mix It Up

Whether your goal is to improve your performance or your body composition, the squat is an essential tool for success. Don’t be fooled! Though typically considered a lower body exercise, this “bang for your buck” move offers total-body benefits. Squatting not only strengthens and develops your leg muscles (most notably your quadriceps, glutes, and hamstrings), […]

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