Coaching and Training

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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Understanding Depression to Better Support Your Clients
As a private coach, fitness trainer and writer, I realize that depression can be masked. The first time I knew, and I mean knew in my bones that something was really wrong, I was less than half a mile into...
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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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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...
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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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Important Considerations When Lifting With a Larger Body
I am an amateur super heavyweight strongwoman. I am fat. I am 5’8 and I weigh 320 pounds. Why did I tell you my weight? Because I exist. Because others aren’t comfortable sharing. Because what women do weigh is a...
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