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Gender 101 and How to Be An Ally

At Girls Gone Strong we believe there is no wrong way to have a body and recognize that everyone who identifies as a woman is a real woman.   As someone who works with and advocates for transgender and gender nonconforming youth, I really value this particular statement from the GGS mission. GGS believes in helping […]

7 Ways Fitness Professionals Can Help Their Clients Improve Their Body Image

Personal trainers and fitness instructors have a lot of influence when it comes to matters relating to body image. As trusted authorities, they are often privy to intimate information about their clients’ bodies and experiences and have the power to lay the groundwork for meaningful conversations about body image. As a personal trainer, I can’t […]

4 Persistent Deadlift Myths That Are Holding You Back

Deadlifts are perhaps one of the best exercise you can do, not matter your age, size, or fitness level, and it pains me every time I hear someone say they don’t like to deadlift. It’s like they just said they don’t like kittens. Kittens! Admittedly, I like kittens more than I like deadlifts, but deadlifts […]

3 Band-Resistance Exercises To Challenge Your Whole Body

Band-resisted exercises don’t always garner the respect they deserve. Often considered inferior to using barbells, dumbbells, and kettlebells, band-resisted exercises tend to tend to have a reputation for being only for beginners or inexperienced lifters. Even more disappointing, in some circles, resistance bands are perceived as tools used strictly for rehab or physical therapy. I […]

GGS Spotlight: Yessica Martinez

Name:   Yessica Martinez Age: 25 Location: Pittsburgh, PA What does being a Girl Gone Strong mean to you? It’s more than just being physically strong. It’s about having a strong sense of self. This reminds me of something I read a long time ago, and it resonated with me. I’ll never forget: “Please, be proud […]

Nutritional Strategies For Better Sleep (Tonight!)

It’s not a secret: Sleeping well is incredibly important for good health, as well as recovering from any type of training regimen. It doesn’t matter how dialed-in your diet and training are, if you’re not sleeping well, your health will suffer. Unfortunately, even when we make sleep a priority by getting to bed on time, […]

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 […]

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