GGS Spotlight: Melissa Thiessen

Name: Melissa Thiessen Age: 33 Location: Tofield, Alberta, Canada How did you find out about Girls Gone Strong? I stumbled upon it while doing some research, around the time I was introduced to strength training. What does being a Girl Gone Strong mean to you? Being a Girl Gone Strong to me means living a […]

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Are starchy vegetables fattening?

Are starchy vegetables fattening? Believe it or not, there’s a ton of confusion out there about vegetables, particularly the starchy ones. Are some of them more “fattening” than others? Should they be avoided? Let’s take a look. Vegetables are usually classified as fibrous (broccoli, spinach) or starchy (potatoes, corn). There’s no question about the fibrous

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4 Ways To Improve Your Body Image Immediately

I recently spent no less than 45 minutes scrolling through in an Instagram rabbit hole of beautiful young women who had made “amazing body transformations!” As I moved from one post to the next, I found myself wishing I was more shredded, or thinner, or as happy as these smiling women seemed to be about […]

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10 Fitness Pro Resolution Fails — And What Works!

New Year’s Day is almost here, and for many people that means one thing: time to make New Year’s resolutions. If you’ve ever made a New Year’s resolution, chances are you’ve also abandoned one. In fact, 92 percent of New Year’s resolutions are abandoned every year, and fitness professionals are no exception. In this article, […]

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How to Fit in Your Workout as a Busy Mom

Mothers are the lifeblood of most families. Whether you’re a work-at-home or work-away-from-home mom, you’re busy! To say that fitting in some exercise between doctor appointments, runny noses, homework, soccer practice and 15 loads of laundry is challenging would be a massive understatement. After eight years as a parent I’ve finally figured out that I […]

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How You Cope With Stress May Be Hindering Your Fitness Progress

It’s no secret that chronic stress doesn’t do us any favors—least of all when it comes to our fitness. Not only does it contribute to widespread inflammation and fat retention, and increases in catabolic hormones that break down those hard-earned muscle gains, it also saps your energy, resolve, and mental health. In short, chronic stress […]

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Why You May Need To Rethink Your “Ideal Weight”

Like everyone, I have very specific memories of my childhood. There are the memories that my siblings and I rehash almost every time we’re together; the ones my mom rehashes and we all agree are “funny now, not funny then,” and then there are those about my weight. I have very specific memories of my […]

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Why 92% of New Year’s Resolutions Fail (and How To Set One That Won’t)

I’m tired of New Year’s Resolutions, aren’t you? I’ve made plenty of them. Care to guess how many I’ve stuck with? And (let’s be honest) I know I’m not alone. Last year, I said, “Enough!”—and it resonated with women around the world. This year, I want to help other women do the same. That’s why […]

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5 Best Bodyweight Butt-Building Exercises

While there’s certainly a lot to love about heavy lifting, there are times when going heavy (or lifting any weights at all) might not be possible: You’re traveling and there’s limited equipment at the hotel gym, or you can’t even get to a gym for a workout. You’re on a restricted training program while you […]

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Overindulgence

Listen, we’ve all been there. One glass of wine that turns into a bottle… A bite of a donut that turned into a half dozen… Tacos at 2 a.m.? Sure, why not. Sounds like a stellar idea. Bloody Marys the next morning just to imbibe a little hair of the dog? OBVIOUSLY. Overindulgence always seems […]

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