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Why You’re Struggling to Reach Your Goals (and How to Set a Goal You’ll Reach)

“This is it!” you say to yourself. “I’m going to lose 40 pounds and get in shape. I’ll join the gym, lift weights seven days a week, and finish each session with an hour of cardio. I’m going to quit eating sugar too! I’ll throw away everything in my fridge and pantry, and I’ll only […]

What Does “Lifting Heavy” Actually Mean?

It’s been amazing to watch more and more women gain an interest in strength training in recent years, evidenced by all of the “strong is the new skinny” memes. But the truth is, strong isn’t really the new anything; strong has always been strong. It’s just finally gaining more of a female audience! Once frequently […]

Our Top 10 GGS Articles of 2018

At Girls Gone Strong, we are committed to bringing you insightful and relevant articles touching on all aspects of women’s health, from fitness and nutrition to mental and sexual health, pregnancy, mindset and much more, all from a feminist and body-positive perspective. We do so by enlisting the work of world-class experts and highly-qualified contributors, […]

How to Bust Through a Strength Plateau

Many women nowadays are focusing on getting stronger, and we are so excited about it! While we honor and respect anything that each person wants to do with their own body, we hold strength training close to our heart. While working towards strength can be really exciting, it can also be a bit frustrating at […]

Hiring a Coach? Here’s What You Need to Know

So you’ve decided to hire a coach. Congratulations! This is a significant step in your fitness journey, and one that you may take several times over as you progress in your goals and in your abilities. While exciting, this can also be a very confusing time. How do you know who a “good” coach is? […]

Dec, 23 GGS GGS Spotlight

GGS Spotlight: Melissa Butler

Name: Melissa Butler Age: 46 Location: Nashville, TN How did you find out about Girls Gone Strong?  While trying to figure out what kind of program to follow, I began to read community posts in My Fitness Pal, where I found several groups specifically for women who lift. Several threads mentioned Girls Gone Strong, and […]

Get the Most Out of Your Bird Dog

Do you know the bird dog? While, at first glance, this bodyweight exercise may not seem very challenging, its magic is definitely in the quality of the execution! Want to know why and how you should add this exercise to your own repertoire? Read on! What Are the Benefits of the Bird Dog? The bird […]

What You Can Do to Support Survivors of Sexual Violence

While we as a culture work to confront the crisis of sexual violence, we have witnessed waves of survivor disclosures via movements like #MeToo, #TimesUp, and #NotOkay. For the health, safety, and emotional wellbeing of survivors of sexual violence, it is critically important that support providers — including friends and family members — be prepared […]

Is Lifting Safe for Children?

My mother never taught me how to be physically strong. Sure, she showed me what it meant to be mentally strong, emotionally strong, and transcend strength into my work, education, and personal aspirations — but being physically strong was not something I learned from her. I wish it had been though. Sure, she brought me […]

Why Believing Sexual Violence Survivors Is Evidence-Based (and Important!)

Note: for the sake of this article, the terms “victim” and “survivor” will be used interchangeably, as individuals who experience sexual violence often feel a connection to one or both of these terms. Sexual violence — defined as any sexual act committed against someone without that individual’s freely-given consent — is a critical social problem; […]

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