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Why? This Simple Question Will Transform Your Workout and Self-Image

It’s been about seven years since I was super lean. Shredded. Twelve percent body fat and completely obsessed with counting calories and tracking macros. During my “lean phase” I ate 1,500 calories every single day, trained for two or more hours, and waited for the weekend so that I could go “off plan” and binge […]

Mar, 15 Jen Comas Mindset

Social Sabotage: How to Respond to Criticism About Your Food and Exercise

Disclaimer: The following is written assuming that you’re participating in healthy behavior. If you are over-exercising, or being far too restrictive with your diet, there is a good chance that people are worried about you and have valid concerns about your health, and that is a completely different topic. Several years ago I was dieting […]

Had a Crappy Workout? Here’s What You Can Do About It

Some days, your workout just winds up being really, really crappy. It doesn’t matter how prepared you think you are or how much you were actually looking forward to your workout. Every lift feels like you’re trying to move a whole planet. Every sprint feels like you’re running through the thickest mud. Every movement feels […]

Nov, 27 GGS Mindset

A Must-Read Message From Girls Gone Strong

Happy Black Friday. Yes, we are running a sale, but we will get to that in a minute. More important than anything else, we want to take this moment to update you on what Girls Gone Strong is doing. We’ve spent a lot of time lately thinking about the mission of Girls Gone Strong. It’s […]

What To Do When You Feel Like Your Body Has Betrayed You

My original plan here was to write about how to train around pain. I was looking at it from the perspective of someone who thinks pain is the end; a stopping-block to feelings of achievement and happiness. I had plans, and my body let me down. However, today my heart is seeing this from another […]

Where Is Your Exercise Taking You?

I’m not a big fan of road trips.  Maybe it’s that I’m in my 40s, and I’ve had my share of them in my youth: … As one of three kids, packed into the family car (not even a station wagon, just a regular car) driving for days (yes, days) across Canada’s vast hinterlands in […]

How To Not Care What Other People Think Of You

I am a writer, speaker, and activist with an online following. Among the topics I write about are wellness and body image. I make no apologies nor do I feel obligated to give any explanations about the appearance of my body. Judgments about my body, and even who I am as a person, are hurled […]

May, 29 Jen Comas Mindset

Are You A Fitness Bully?

“The Biceps Guy” — That’s what I had nicknamed a gentleman who I always saw at one of the gyms I went to. As a gym regular, I often see the same people working out, and I have become pretty familiar with the exercises that they do. I know who I’ll see squatting on Mondays, […]

How To Deal With Toxic People

Step one: realize that they’re probably not that toxic (in most cases, anyway). When caught in a difficult or uncomfortable situation, it’s not uncommon to want to believe that we are the one being wronged; that we are the victim of someone else’s behavior. We’ll reel at our friends about how unfairly we’re being treated, […]

What We CAN Do About the Objectification and Sexualization of Women in Fitness

Note from GGS: We asked Erin to write on this subject in response to a disturbing trend we’ve noticed regarding reactions to the sexualization and/or objectification of women—particularly in fitness, but really, in the media overall. So often, people are quick to call the woman in a photo a whore and make assumptions about her […]