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Articles: Coaching and Training

How to Help a Client Who Struggles With Consistency

It was 2009. My husband and I were running our fitness boot camps and had just had our first child. I knew I didn’t want to travel anymore to speak with a new baby at home, and decided to focus on online training and coaching instead. I loved helping clients effect change in their lives […]

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 and how it relates to their worthiness. With a community of over 600,000 women from […]

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 with people, you are working with trauma.” Khoudari provides somatic-based treatment specifically for women and […]

8 Unintentional Ways Trainers Promote Disordered Eating (and What to Do Instead)

Dear fitness professionals, are you inadvertently misdirecting your clients? Are you unconsciously promoting disordered eating? What we hear, think, and say has a profound influence on how we feel about our health and our bodies. As personal trainers and fitness instructors, we have a powerful platform that can impact our clients in meaningful and lasting […]

How to Build a Referral Network to Support Your Pre- and Postnatal Clients

Health professionals who care deeply about their clients or patients look for professionals in other areas of practice who they can trust and to whom they can guide their clients or patients needing services beyond their scope of practice. To provide the highest level of service and care for your clients, it is critical that […]

How to Be a Size-Friendly Coach (Regardless of Your Own Size)

“Body positivity” has become a buzzword concept of late. Even though the idea may be new to many, the movement grew out of the fat-acceptance movement of the late 60s. Today, influencers and brands are jumping on the body-positive bandwagon in hopes of capitalizing on the trend. The core message of body positivity is that […]

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 […]

Why the Demand for Pre- & Postnatal Coaches Is at an All-Time High

Are you currently working with pre- and postnatal women? If your answer is no, then you’re missing out on a huge opportunity to capitalize on the Golden Age of coaching pre- and postnatal women. I’ll explain why it’s the Golden Age for coaching pre- and postnatal women, and why it’s such a huge opportunity for […]