Inclusion & Community

5 Surprising Reasons Your Female Clients Don't Do What You Ask Them to Do
Does this situation sound familiar? A client comes to you, pumped up and excited about getting back into a training program. You develop a fantastic program to help her get the exact results she’s looking for. She loves it and...
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3 Roadblocks LGBTQ+ Women Face in Fitness Spaces
You wouldn’t think that sexual orientation has any influence on physical activity levels, especially if you identify as heterosexual — but the unfortunate reality is that it can, and often does. Being a “sexual minority” is like belonging to an...
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What You Can Do to Support Survivors of Sexual Violence
While we as a culture work to confront the crisis of sexual violence, we have witnessed waves of survivor disclosures via movements like #MeToo, #TimesUp, and #NotOkay. For the health, safety, and emotional wellbeing of survivors of sexual violence, it...
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Why Believing Sexual Violence Survivors Is Evidence-Based (and Important!)
Note: for the sake of this article, the terms “victim” and “survivor” will be used interchangeably, as individuals who experience sexual violence often feel a connection to one or both of these terms. Sexual violence — defined as any sexual...
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Beyond the Intake Form: Why Coaches Must Do the Work to Know Their Clients
If you’ve been following and writing for Girls Gone Strong these past few years, you’ve noticed an exciting shift in the GGS community’s conversations. Now more than ever before, trainers and enthusiasts are recognizing that women are more than just...
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How to Have Difficult Conversations With Your Clients
Firing a client. Ending a romantic relationship. Addressing staff behavior problems. Challenging the racist relative at family dinner. Talking about finances and debt. The above are but a few examples of difficult conversations we face in life. For the purpose...
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The 5 Biggest Mistakes Coaches Make When Training Female Clients
Effectively coaching and training women is about more than understanding the anatomical and physiological differences between men and women. It’s also about understanding the psychological and emotional differences, including what women are conditioned to believe and say about their bodies...
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Creating a Safe Training Environment for Clients Who Are Survivors
Are you working with clients who are survivors — of trauma, of negative experiences, of stress? If your clients are human, then you likely are. Laura Khoudari, a Manhattan based trauma-informed personal trainer puts it best, “If you are working...
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Everyday Racism in the Fitness World and Beyond
In 2018, LA Fitness called the police on two African American men because they didn’t believe the men had memberships, even though both of the men had checked in and one of the men had been a member of the...
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