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Dealing with Grief and Loss

Life is hard sometimes. Like, really, really hard. Almost everyone I know is dealing with something really hard right now: natural disaster, cancer, infant loss, systemic racism, chronic pain, caring for sick parents, divorce, depression, homophobia, transphobia, anxiety, job loss, seizures, major surgery, bankruptcy… the list could go on. All super difficult, complicated, and really […]

Black Girl Pilates: My Catalyst for Strength

Fitness has always been important to me. I am the middle child and only girl between two boys who were competitive athletes. Growing up, I was very athletic, although I never competed in any sports until much later in life. I was an avid lifter in college, at a time where aerobics were quite popular. […]

5 Exercises to Help Your Clients Reduce Their Pregnancy Aches and Pains

If you’re working with pregnant clients — or have experienced pregnancy yourself — you’re aware that pregnancy usually comes with its fair share of aches and pains. The hips, lower back, upper back and neck are all common locations for discomfort during pregnancy. Luckily, as a coach, you can help your pregnant client decrease those […]

GGS Spotlight: Suzanne Ko

Name: Suzanne Ko Age: 44 Location: Chicago, IL What does being a Girl Gone Strong mean to you? Being a Girl Gone Strong means being a part of a community where I can have a voice. Growing up, I felt intimidated to speak up for myself. In a world where women are subjected to social […]

Life as a Plus-Size Trainer

I’ve been a personal trainer for seven years now. I consider myself a bit of a “sneaky” trainer, because to look at me you would have no idea. I look nothing like a trainer you would see on TV. I look nothing like trainers you would see on a Facebook ad, or in a workout […]

Turning Menopausal Depression Into a Positive Experience

When we think of menopause, we imagine we will experience all the symptoms that our mothers told us about: the hot flashes, the extra weight around the waistline and the crazy erratic mood swings. Yet how many of you associate depression with menopause? I definitely didn’t. When my periods started to become irregular, I found […]

5 Tips for Overcoming Fitness Challenges After Breast Cancer Treatment

No one thinks that they are going to get cancer, especially when you’ve spent a good portion of your life doing everything right. Breast cancer is on the rise and continues to impact women of all ages every year. One in eight women will be diagnosed with this disease and everyone knows someone that has […]

6 Tips For Trainers Working With Older Clients

When I hear a trainer ask a question about training older clients, I ask how old is older. As a 46-year-old, I chuckle a bit when the answer is over 40. I still smiled a bit when Girls Gone Strong replied that they meant over 50. When I hear older, I think over 65, but […]

Oct, 22 GGS GGS Spotlight

GGS Spotlight: Amee Livingston

Name: Amee Livingston Age: 44 Location: McDonough, GA (Atlanta area) What does being a Girl Gone Strong mean to you? Being a Girl Gone Strong means embracing strength from the inside out. When I think about defining a strong woman, I think of someone who radiates confidence and feels beautiful in her own skin. I […]

Handstand Training: Fun Progressions to Build Stability and Strength

Oftentimes, people rush to lift heavy loads — sometimes too heavy loads! — without thinking about spending time building their stabilizers. It is important to strengthen your joints in static positions prior to adding heavy loads or a higher volume of ballistic movements for which your joints are not ready. I prefer to approach my […]

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