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Why You Should Squat In Pregnancy

The squat is probably one of the best-known exercises around and is a staple ingredient in (most) fitness programs. Generally considered a lower-body exercise that targets the quads, hamstrings, glutes and hips, the squat movement is actually one of the best full-body, compound exercises you can do. From the time we are toddlers through adulthood, […]

Can You Really Lose Fat and Gain Muscle Simultaneously?

For years, I worked in academic research settings studying the role of exercise on weight loss and weight maintenance. Since weight loss was a primary goal, the most important outcome in these studies was body weight (or what percent of body weight had been lost). Week after week, we coached clients on exercise, diet, and […]

A Sound Mind in a Sound Body

Imagine you don’t feel well… Let’s say you have a sore throat. Aches. You’re feeling chilly, yet you’re sweating. You’re exhausted, and you can’t breathe through one nostril… What would you do? Call out sick? Ask a friend or coworker to feel your forehead? Go the drug store to get some medicine, vitamins, or cough […]

May, 21 GGS GGS Spotlight

GGS Spotlight: Megan Matal

Name:  Megan Matal          Age: 32 Location: Mountain View, CA (one of the cities in Silicon Valley) How did you find out about Girls Gone Strong? Several years ago, I noticed one of my friends had followed the Girls Gone Strong page on Facebook. I was drawn to the uplifting messages which were in stark contrast to […]

Why I’ve Only Worked Out Six Times In Two Months

Yesterday was only the sixth or seventh time I’ve strength trained in the last eight weeks. Yes, that’s less than once a week over the past two months. I’ve done some walking here and there, but I’d be lying if I told you I’ve been moving my body regularly. In fact, this is literally the […]

May, 17 GGS GGS Spotlight

GGS Spotlight: Julie Barnum

Name: Julie Barnum Age: 24 Location: Fort Collins, CO How did you find out about Girls Gone Strong? I was looking up some fitness-related question one day, and came upon the GGS website. I saw a place to subscribe for emails, which I did. I honestly forgot about it save for the occasional article until after […]

Strongest You Success Stories

You know how much we love and are proud of our Strongest You Coaching Program here at Girls Gone Strong. But, guess what? It’s really not what we think or say about it that matters. It’s what our participants and alumni shout from the rooftops about their experience within — and as a result of — our […]

May, 16 Jen Comas Mindset

Growth vs. Fixed: How The Right Mindset Can Take You Farther

“I’m so nervous! I’ve never been, but I can’t wait to learn!” I was with a close girlfriend, and we were talking about our future plans to go mountain bike riding this spring. When she made that remark, I couldn’t help but admire her enthusiasm and willingness to learn. Her comment is a fantastic example of […]

A New Diet Isn’t The Solution To An Old Diet Not Working

That last diet didn’t go well, so you doubled down on your efforts and committed to another one — a stricter one — and that one didn’t go so well, either. So you’re trying again, with a different diet, but by now you’re feeling frustrated and disappointed… in the diet, in yourself. Does this sound familiar? […]

How I Found Peace With My Body

About six years ago, I was invited to a pool party with a bunch of my closest friends. Rather than feeling excitement, I was overcome with a sense of dread. Going to a pool party meant wearing a bikini, and I was so incredibly self-conscious that I didn’t go. That’s right. I missed out on […]