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Worth 1000 Words?

Worth 1000 Words?

By Crabby McSlacker So if a picture is worth a thousand words, and a short video is made up of hundreds of pictures, is a short video worth hundreds of thousands of words? And what if you don’t make the video yourself but steal it straight off YouTube? So yeah, …

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Why Stretching Something That Hurts Isn’t Always The Answer

Why Stretching Something That Hurts Isn’t Always The Answer

It seems like when something hurts the most common advice you get is to stretch it. At face value, this makes sense. When something feels stiff and sore, it’s easy to assume that short muscles are to blame, and the obvious solution would be to try to lengthen them through stretching. However, research is finding […]

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GGS Spotlight: Janae Marie Kroc

GGS Spotlight: Janae Marie Kroc

Name:   Janae Marie Kroc (Kroczaleski) Age: 44 Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan What does being a Girl Gone Strong mean to you? It’s about empowering women to pursue their passions (even if goes against what society may deem appropriate for women) and deconstructing the absurd ideas that somehow strength (both physically and psychologically) and muscle are […]

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Gender 101 and How to Be An Ally

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 […]

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The Bilingual Brain: Benefits and Befuddlement

The Bilingual Brain: Benefits and Befuddlement

Photo: wikimedia By Crabby McSlacker My latest folly: I’m trying to learn a new language. Spanish! Which among other uses, might come in handy for a pair of snowbirds always on the lookout for warmer climates to flee to during winters. But I did not study Spanish in school, or …

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

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 […]

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Let’s Hear it for Rationalization!

Let's Hear it for Rationalization!

By Crabby McSlacker So yeah, I didn’t get around to writing a blog post this week, unless you want to try to count this one. Does it make sense that my turning 57 today somehow prevented me from posting something earlier in the week? No, it does not! It also …

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4 Persistent Deadlift Myths That Are Holding You Back

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 […]

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3 Band-Resistance Exercises To Challenge Your Whole Body

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 […]

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GGS Spotlight: Yessica Martinez

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 […]

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