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Let’s Talk About Black Female Representation in Fitness

I have been in the fitness profession for approximately more than six years as a Pilates instructor extraordinaire who also cross trains across a lot of different modalities. I am a Black woman with two adult children who are both athletes. Over the past several years, the reach and influence of social media have grown […]

Aug, 12 GGS GGS Spotlight

GGS Spotlight: Concita Thomas

Name: Concita Thomas Age: 40 Location: Dallas, TX What does being a Girl Gone Strong mean to you? Being a Girl Gone Strong means that I take ownership of my life and results — both the good and the bad. I acknowledge that my actions influence my outcomes. If I don’t like the outcomes that I […]

Aug, 10 Jen Comas Mindset

Do You Need to Ditch the Diet Mindset?

“I feel like I should try to lose five pounds.” I was sitting at a swanky sushi bar in Vegas with a new friend who we’ll call Alison. She knew what I did for a living, so the topic of fitness came up, as it often does. While I didn’t know Alison very well, I […]

Regressing and Progressing 4 Basic Movements

It often seems like everyone is looking for the quick fix or the magic pill for instant results. As coaches, it’s our duty to educate our clients and steer them away from this kind of instant-gratification mentality, focusing instead on the importance of safe and effective movements that will help them reach their goals. There’s […]

3 Quick and Effective Outdoor Bodyweight Workouts

I genuinely enjoy to going to the gym and lifting some heavy weights and look forward to it most days. However, once in a while I wake up to a beautiful, sunny day, and I just want to be outside. The thought of staying indoors when it’s so gorgeous out there just isn’t appealing. I […]

How to Train Clients with Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction

Pregnancy is a time of tremendous change and growth, both for baby and mom. A woman’s body undergoes many structural adaptations to accommodate the growing baby and prepare for birth, and she may develop any of several painful conditions as a consequence of some of those changes. Symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD) is one such condition […]

How One Woman Went from Counting Blueberries on the Plate to Counting Plates on the Barbell

The bar is loaded and the announcer calls her name. “Katelyn Lipa, you have one minute to complete the lift.” The clock starts as she walks to the platform; she chalks her hands and approaches the bar. Left hand grips the bar first, and then she squats down, she places her right hand and adjusts […]

3 Moves to Super-Charge Your Glute Training

The glutes are the largest, and arguably, the most influential muscle group in the human body. This powerhouse, which I often refer to as the “master muscle group,” plays an integral role in providing the strength and stability needed to thrive in the gym, in sports, and in daily life. The glutes also play a […]

What Women Need to Know About Concussions

“Follow my finger with your eyes…” “What’s your name?” “Do you know where you are?” These are the kinds of questions that we commonly see asked when someone hits their head to check for signs of a concussion. Whether you’ve seen the Will Smith movie, Concussion, about Dr. Bennet Omalu’s research on traumatic brain injuries […]

Creating Welcoming Gym Environments for Trans and Gender Nonconforming Athletes

It’s no secret that working out and strength training can have positive effects on our mental health. Exercise can reduce anxiety and depression. 1,2 It can also contribute to increased self-confidence and help us feel more at-home in our bodies. Transgender individuals tend to struggle with depression and anxiety at higher rates than the general […]

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