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Why Playground Workouts Can Be a Parent’s Best Fitness Friend

Initially, working out in the playground came from necessity. I was balancing work, parenting, marriage, the grind of daily life, side projects, and my own training. With so many commitments, I was having trouble fitting in my own workouts, and didn’t want to spend another hour at the gym, especially when that meant cutting into […]

GGS Spotlight: Claire Thomson

Name: Claire Thomson Age: 25 Location: Nashville, TN What does being a Girl Gone Strong mean to you? Being a Girl Gone Strong means knowing who you are, what you offer the world and living that out. While the world may be interested in shrinking women physically and emotionally, a Girl Gone Strong knows her […]

Why Pilates and Lifting Weights Aren’t Mutually Exclusive

As a Pilates teacher, my clients are often surprised when I tell them that in addition to having a dedicated Pilates practice, I regularly lift weights. “Pilates can make you stronger, so why would you want to do both?” they ask me. While it’s true that both Pilates and lifting weights can improve overall strength, […]

5 Strategies to Cultivate Body Respect in a Thin-Privileged World

As a nutrition coach, I often hear things like: “I just can’t accept my body at this size.” “I need to lose weight so that I can feel more confident.” “I will [start dating, apply for that new job, try that new class, etc.] after I reach my goal weight.” The trouble with these statements […]

What Is Obsessing About Your Body Helping You Avoid?

In the last decade or so, our culture has maintained its decades-long obsession with weight, but added obsessions with health, fitness, wellness, anti-aging, and nutrition as well. We started valuing bodies that were strong and lean over bodies that were thin and waif-like, introduced fitness as a mandatory hobby and lifestyle, and saw juice cleanses […]

How Do You Speak About Fitness?

Have you ever read one of the list articles about all the hidden meaning in logos? After you do, you’ll never not see the arrow in the FedEx logo. Marketing doesn’t happen spontaneously. Companies create messaging campaigns around a brand or product and use specific words and imagery that evoke the feelings the company brand […]

May, 19 GGS GGS Spotlight

GGS Spotlight: Pat Pope

Name: Pat Pope Age:  53 Location: Ohio How long have you been strength training, and how did you get started? I seriously started strength training March of 2017. Before that, like 30 years ago, I used to work out with my brother who was into bodybuilding at the time, but I didn’t stick with it. […]

6 More Tips to Help You Put a Stop to Binge Eating

Note from GGS: The line between disordered eating behaviors and eating disorders can be a tenuous one, and disordered eating is the greatest predictor of developing an eating disorder, such as (but not limited to) Binge Eating Disorder. If you suffer or suspect you may suffer from Binge Eating Disorder, we encourage you to seek […]

When Should You Use a Weightlifting Belt?

“Weightlifting belts are for the weak!” That’s the purist and opinionated view I had developed over my four-year powerlifting journey. My first coach, Ryan, a colleague personal trainer, taught me powerlifting when I was a 43-year old newbie (I am now 47). Now, Ryan didn’t tell me that belts were for the weak — he […]

How Gestational Diabetes Can Affect Your Pregnancy

Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is a common medical complication of pregnancy when your body cannot cope with the extra demand for insulin production. The resultant is persistent levels of high blood glucose levels (BGL) in the body. Although elevated BGL associated with GDM usually resolves itself naturally postpartum, there is increased risk of many acute […]

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