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Valuing Ourselves Beyond the Physical Aspect

When our female friends are feeling insecure, we are often quick to reassure them with statements like “You’re so beautiful,” or “You look hot.” Often, this kind of situation arises either because our friend is criticizing herself (like “Ugh, I feel so fat today”) or she’s asking for us to give our feedback on her […]

Everyday Racism in the Fitness World and Beyond

Earlier this year, 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 gym for eight years. The police arrived and requested the men leave. Three LA […]

GGS Spotlight: Polly Hawver

Name: Polly Hawver Age: 36 Location: Olympia, WA How long have you been strength training, and how did you get started? Ten years. I was never athletic and I have been somewhere on the fat spectrum most of my life. My family was working class and there was always more important things in life than […]

What Is Functional Hypothalamic Amenorrhea? (And How Can It Affect You?)

Exercising everyday? Crushing your macros? Getting compliments on how “great” you look? You are the picture of health, and yet you haven’t had your period in nearly a year. How could this be? You’re doing everything right. You clearly are healthy. Or are you? Too Much of a Good Thing About 3 to 5 percent […]

Sexual Harassment in Life and in the Fitness Industry

Let’s talk about sex… ual harassment. When speaking of sexual harassment, some of the more blatant and alarming examples of it tend to jump into mind. The construction worker who hollers highly inappropriate remarks at female passersby. The perverted teacher who demands sexual favors in exchange for better grades. The leering boss who makes sexual […]

Representation Matters: Eating Disorders Aren’t Just for White Girls

When you think about eating disorders what is the image that comes to mind? Is it one of teenaged vanity? Of emaciated white women agonizing in front of the mirror or hunched over the toilet? For a long time, the same image of eating disorders was (and for the most part, still is) perpetuated by […]

Speak Up: Identifying Rape Culture in Everyday Conversation

You can find it in this 2011 New York Times description of an 11-year-old girl who was horrifically gang raped: “she dressed older than her age, wearing makeup and fashions more appropriate to a woman in her 20s.” You can find it in this story shared by Girls Gone Strong co-founder Molly Galbraith: “When I […]

Aug, 26 GGS GGS Spotlight

GGS Spotlight: Dr. Shante Cofield a.k.a. The Movement Maestro

Name: Dr. Shante Cofield a.k.a The Movement Maestro Age:  33 Location: Redondo Beach, CA What does it mean to you to be part of the GGS Community? I’ve always subscribed to the mantra you don’t attract what you want, you attract what you are. I am strong. Those around me are strong. Together, we’re a […]

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 […]

9 Reasons Yoga Can Be a Great Cross-Training Practice

I’m both a yoga teacher and a personal trainer. I love lifting weights, doing burpees (not kidding) and everything about yoga. I’m often surprised at the lack of crossover between the yoga and fitness communities I work and play in, because I happen to think that they compliment each other quite nicely. I’m always trying […]

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