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Articles: Coaching and Training

Is Your Fitness Practice As Inclusive As You Think It Is?

Many of us see fitness as a luxury, and as something that may or may not be affordable to most. As a Black woman, I saw it for a long time as something that only white people could afford. All of the gyms and studios that I knew of had a large majority of white […]

4 Ways to Boost Your Client’s Confidence

We want our clients to approach their workouts full of confidence and trust in their capabilities. We know they can learn to master everything we program for them, and we want them to realize that for themselves. We understand that every rep won’t be perfect, and some days will be easier than others, but progress […]

How to Create Meaningful Connection and Build Trust With Person-Focused Coaching

As a health or fitness professional, you may be familiar with the “client-centered” approach to coaching, where the client is the authority on their own lives, and the coach works with the client to build their dignity, autonomy, self-determination, self-efficacy, and self-expertise. At Girls Gone Strong, we are of course completely on board with empowering […]

4 Ways Becoming a Certified Pre- & Postnatal Coach Will Change Your Career

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 absolute best training and nutrition information available. Not only did I read everything I could get my hands on, but I constantly spent time learning from super smart […]

Frequently Asked Questions: Pre- & Postnatal Coaching Certification

Here are answers to some of your most frequently asked questions. If you aren’t already on our pre-sale list, you still have time to sign-up. When you get on the list, you’re under no obligation to purchase. It simply means that you’ll get early access to registration and save $200 off the program! Be sure to […]

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 athletic, although I never competed in any sports until much later in life. I was an avid lifter in college, at a time where aerobics were quite popular. […]

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 40. I still smiled a bit when Girls Gone Strong replied that they meant over 50. When I hear older, I think over 65, but […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 these women will at some point go through pregnancy and childbirth. Exciting! There are many ways in which you as a coach, can help your pregnant clients. One simple way to […]

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