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Self-Care is an Act of Survival

As women, we all serve in multiple roles during any given day day. We may serve as mom, daughter, significant other, sister, boss, co-worker, entrepreneur, activist, or friend, among others. Many of us have been programmed to believe that all those roles have to come before our own needs. Self-care, on the other hand, is […]

Nov, 19 GGS GGS Spotlight

GGS Spotlight: Karen Knowlton

Name: Karen Knowlton Age: 34 Location: San Francisco, CA What does being a Girl Gone Strong mean to you? To me, this means that I am always pushing myself to become better, stronger. That growth is a guiding principle in my life. For me, part of that is also learning to strike the balance between […]

How to Train If You Have Endometriosis

Endometriosis affects one in 10 women worldwide with the main sign being period pain. Thriving with endometriosis can be challenging, and many women with endo may find it difficult to train and exercise in the way they love, if at all. Yet, women with endometriosis can live a healthy, productive life, and can achieve their […]

Dealing with Grief and Loss

Life is hard sometimes. Like, really, really hard. Almost everyone I know is dealing with something really hard right now: natural disaster, cancer, infant loss, systemic racism, chronic pain, caring for sick parents, divorce, depression, homophobia, transphobia, anxiety, job loss, seizures, major surgery, bankruptcy… the list could go on. All super difficult, complicated, and really […]

Black Girl Pilates: My Catalyst for Strength

Fitness has always been important to me. I am the middle child and only girl between two boys who were competitive athletes. Growing up, I was very athletic, although I never competed in any sports until much later in life. I was an avid lifter in college, at a time where aerobics were quite popular. […]

5 Exercises to Help Your Clients Reduce Their Pregnancy Aches and Pains

If you’re working with pregnant clients — or have experienced pregnancy yourself — you’re aware that pregnancy usually comes with its fair share of aches and pains. The hips, lower back, upper back and neck are all common locations for discomfort during pregnancy. Luckily, as a coach, you can help your pregnant client decrease those […]

GGS Spotlight: Suzanne Ko

Name: Suzanne Ko Age: 44 Location: Chicago, IL What does being a Girl Gone Strong mean to you? Being a Girl Gone Strong means being a part of a community where I can have a voice. Growing up, I felt intimidated to speak up for myself. In a world where women are subjected to social […]

Life as a Plus-Size Trainer

I’ve been a personal trainer for seven years now. I consider myself a bit of a “sneaky” trainer, because to look at me you would have no idea. I look nothing like a trainer you would see on TV. I look nothing like trainers you would see on a Facebook ad, or in a workout […]

Turning Menopausal Depression Into a Positive Experience

When we think of menopause, we imagine we will experience all the symptoms that our mothers told us about: the hot flashes, the extra weight around the waistline and the crazy erratic mood swings. Yet how many of you associate depression with menopause? I definitely didn’t. When my periods started to become irregular, I found […]

5 Tips for Overcoming Fitness Challenges After Breast Cancer Treatment

No one thinks that they are going to get cancer, especially when you’ve spent a good portion of your life doing everything right. Breast cancer is on the rise and continues to impact women of all ages every year. One in eight women will be diagnosed with this disease and everyone knows someone that has […]

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