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Handstand Training: Fun Progressions to Build Stability and Strength

Oftentimes, people rush to lift heavy loads — sometimes too heavy loads! — without thinking about spending time building their stabilizers. It is important to strengthen your joints in static positions prior to adding heavy loads or a higher volume of ballistic movements for which your joints are not ready. I prefer to approach my […]

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 applied human nutrition and I had completed a clinical dietetic internship at a busy teaching hospital. I’d even had a job that included some time with inpatient cancer patients! Still, when […]

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 should sound something like “It depends.” The goal of this article is to create a dialogue about “popular” exercises for the general population that have potentially too […]

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 about how strength translates into the mental and emotional aspects of life, as well as performance in work, play, and other areas. While it’s true that having some level of […]

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 whatever form it comes. It is about owning your space and being comfortable in your skin. It’s having the courage to take on new challenges and get outside of […]

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 they definitely deserve some special attention. Targeted glute work is my jam! I could tell you I love training glutes because of the benefits that having strong glutes provide […]

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

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 and said, “I just don’t trust myself with food, you know? I don’t trust that I’ll be able to stay away from it or make good choices for […]

Sep, 28 Jen Comas Mindset

Managing Your Expectations: How to Set Yourself Up for Success

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 for so long before I started sneaking in extras, usually in the form of nuts and nut butter. I’d toss back a heaping spoonful of almond butter […]

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 to people for whom “fitness” and “leanness” are almost interchangeable. At the very least, the quest to be “more fit” is often synonymous with “getting leaner,” and in […]

Sep, 23 GGS GGS Spotlight

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. Finding peace with what you cannot just yet. Making choices authentic to you, not what you think others want. Understanding that progress is action over inaction. And embracing “strength” […]

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