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Articles: Coaching and Training

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 […]

Working With Female Clients During Menopause and Beyond

If you are a trainer who works with women, and your clients are experiencing menopausal symptoms, then chances are you have entered a realm of personal training that is as clear as mud! Being a veteran trainer in this game for nearly 20 years and now a woman experiencing menopause, I say this as the […]

5 Important Considerations When Training New Moms

Birth and motherhood have their share of ups and downs and, as fitness professionals and health professionals, we have an important role to play in a new mom’s physical wellbeing as well as her mental and emotional wellbeing. Very often, there are circumstances affecting a mom’s physical health after birth that impact upon her mental […]

“I came to the gym Monday a different trainer.”

One of the best parts of my job is getting feedback from women like you about the work we do at GGS. I recently spoke at a large conference in Chicago, and just a few days later, this message popped up on our Facebook feed. “… it forever changed my view on many things and […]

Frequently Asked Questions: Pre- & Postnatal Coaching Certification

Enrollment for the Pre- & Postnatal Coaching Certification opens on September 5th. 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 […]

How to Support Your Clients Through Miscarriage and Infant Loss

Miscarriage, stillbirth, elective termination, failed IVF, childbirth, SIDS — these are all examples of pre-term and neonatal loss. Pregnancy loss is often defined by how far along the pregnancy was when the loss occurred: Miscarriage (or spontaneous abortion) happens before the 20th week. Stillbirth is loss that occurs after the 20th week. An elective termination (abortion), […]

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