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Can You Get Strong Doing Bodyweight Exercises?

There’s no denying that bodyweight training is an effective training approach for improving conditioning and endurance, but when the goal is to improve strength, most people don’t think bodyweight training can deliver results. It’s understandable you’re feeling a little skeptical and are wondering… “But how can bodyweight training improve my deadlift, if I’m not deadlifting?” The […]

Why Building “Long and Lean Muscles” Is A Myth (And How You Can Get Strong and Lean!)

If you’ve been enticed by the promise of “long and lean” muscles, you’re not alone. Fitness companies pump millions of dollars into advertising exercise solutions that promise to help you look “long and lean,” while trusted and well-intentioned, but misinformed, fitness instructors across many disciplines further propagate these persistent claims. Women occasionally contact me seeking advice on […]

One Kettlebell Workout 2 Ways: For Strength OR Fat Loss

I recently shared five basic movements I recommend for kettlebell beginners (but of course, they’re great for everyone): hip hinge, deadlift, swing, turkish get-up, and goblet squat. If you’ve been practicing these movements and feel comfortable with them, it’s time to put them into a workout! For a well-rounded workout, I suggest including two more […]

Why Every Endurance Athlete Needs to Strength Train

Whether you’re a recreationally competitive runner, triathlete, or cyclist, or participate in adventure races and 5Ks just for the fun of it, you may be missing a crucial component of your training plan: strength training. It’s no surprise that many endurance athletes don’t strength train. After all, many follow-along endurance training programs solely address running […]

How Overexercising Can Wreck Your Progress

I have always been a bookworm. For as long as I can remember, reading and writing have been my jam. I started my first diary when I was five years old—it was a little, red Hello Kitty diary, complete with a lock and key. That diary was my prized possession, and it sparked my insatiable […]

Kettlebells 101: 5 Best Exercises and Tips for Getting Started

A common misconception among people who are new to kettlebell training is that you need to “get in shape” or be at a certain level of fitness in order to use kettlebells. I assure you, you can start training with kettlebells right now, no matter what your fitness level and exercise history is. Starting any […]

Do You Need Isolation Exercises In Your Workout…

At GGS, we’re all about having a balanced and efficient approach to strength training, focusing primarily on compound movements like the squat, hip hinge, press, and pull. While it certainly isn’t the only way to achieve all training goals, we firmly believe this approach offers more bang for your buck, when it comes to looking […]

What You MUST Know About Strength Training And Getting Older

Occasionally we receive questions from both, personal trainers working with women in their 60s and 70s, and from women in their 60s and 70s themselves, asking about the types of modifications older women should be making to their workouts to stay strong, healthy, and safe. I have to admit that as I was thinking about […]

6 Ways To Maximize Your Single-Leg Deadlift

The single-leg deadlift (SLDL) is about a whole lot more than building a strong, tight booty (although I don’t mind that side effect at all!) It’s about improving your overall body function, strength, and performance. It improves balance, foot strength, ankle mobility, knee stability, hamstring flexibility, hip hinge ability, posture, shoulder stability, grip strength, as well […]

Are Deadlifts For Everyone? Here’s How to Make Them Work For You

I love deadlifts. My clients love deadlifts—all of them. Once, when I overheard a woman in my gym say that she didn’t like deadlifts, it made me so sad! Learning that she had small hands that made lifting the bar extraordinarily difficult for her, I immediately bought a smaller bar just for her. Now she […]