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Ramp Up Your Workouts With Rowing

Indoor rowing is all the rage: rowing machines — also referred to as ergs — are making cameo appearances in commercials for all sorts of products, from fitness trackers to pharmaceuticals. Professional and Olympic athletes are touting rowing’s benefits for cross training and general fitness. Meanwhile, rowing classes are popping up in gyms, boutique studios […]

How Genital Body Image Impacts Our Sex Life

No one really tells us how to be sexual beings. Most of us learn through our poorly informed friends, uncomfortable parents, porn, or through a highly scientific sex ed class that conveniently skips over the pelvic floor and concepts of pleasure and consent. Our instincts, body expectations, and sexual scripts have been shaped and imprinted […]

Mar, 24 GGS GGS Spotlight

GGS Spotlight: Dorothea Tsang

Name: Dorothea Tsang Age: 28 Location: Allentown, PA What does being a Girl Gone Strong mean to you?  It means that I am unapologetically strong, mentally and emotionally. I am comfortable with, and proud to be, who I am. I don’t feel the need and refuse to be any less for anyone’s comfort or to […]

Lifting Cultural Expectations

When I step into the weight room of my neighborhood gym, I am usually the only woman. If there is another one, I check her out and greet her in my head, “I see you. I see your muscles. Good to see you here, too!” At the gym or in any strength class I take, […]

How Your Diet Helps You Achieve These 3 Popular Fitness Goals

You may have heard some version of the saying “a fit body is made in the kitchen.” While your training choices play a big role in your ability to accomplish your fitness or body composition goals, your diet is truly more important than you might realize. Many women who train regularly (and successfully) stick to […]

Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Fitness Space

I can’t recall a moment during my time working in the fitness industry where I didn’t hate myself. It seems ironic when you think about it. Fitness is supposed to be about health and living your best life possible. Why then, do we find ourselves stressed and anxious rather than inspired? When you’re living in […]

Why Muscle Stiffness Isn’t Always Bad (and How to Tell the Difference)

No one wants to be sidelined by pain or injury, which is why you might wonder if something is up when you notice that you don’t have as much flexibility as the instructor in your yoga class, or when your muscles feel especially stiff after a workout. However, muscle stiffness — or being unable to […]

Mar, 10 GGS GGS Spotlight

GGS Spotlight: Ashley-Drake Estes

Name: Ashley-Drake Estes Age: 31 Location: Portland, OR What does being a Girl Gone Strong mean to you? It means exuding strength in my overall being: mind, body, soul, and spirit. It means having the courage and grace to rise above any difficult situation, and reflect, learn, and grow from the experience. It means nurturing […]

Who Gets to Call Themselves an Athlete?

It’s 8:40 a.m. and I’m getting changed for my first period gym class. I am trying very hard to change without anyone seeing my body, my breasts, my stomach. I am pretty good at it but I have to put on my sports bra today because we are running. I’m already a D cup and […]

The Pitfalls of Using Gendered Terminology in Fitness

When I first began powerlifting I was told I had to use the 20-kilogram bar for competition. For those of you who aren’t familiar with bar sizes, in most Olympic weightlifting gyms there are two bars, the 15-kilogram bar and the 20-kilogram bar (roughly 35 and 45 pounds respectively). Women typically use the 15-kilogram bar […]

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