Author: Beth

Who Gets to be Fit? Working out the Intersections of Fitness

As you’ve scoured the Internet throughout the course of your fitness journey, have you ever used the Google image search engine? I know I have. I’ve used it to find pictures of specific muscles and proper lifting form, and even cute fitness attire, among many other things. When we search for images, we are often looking for representative images of that person, object, or idea. We tend to see the top search results as the “truest” or best representations of whatever it is that we’re looking for. Now, do a Google image search for “fit woman.” I’ll wait. What do...

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Getting Started With Indoor Rowing

The indoor rower, originally developed as a training tool for water rowing, has become a preferred training tool regularly used by athletes and fitness enthusiasts across many levels of fitness and ability. Indoor rowing is infinitely more accessible than water rowing, both in terms of physical convenience and required skill. However, the indoor rower is — with the exception of Crossfit gyms, where they get a lot of love — one of the most under-utilized resources available in many mainstream fitness facilities and chain gyms. If your gym has a rower, also known as an ergometer (erg for short),...

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GGS Spotlight: Stephanie Powell

Name:  Stephanie Powell Age: 29 Location: Las Vegas What does being a Girl Gone Strong mean to you? To me, being a Girl Gone Strong means identifying your fears and weaknesses, then putting forth an effort to overcome and strengthen those fears and weaknesses (in the gym and in life). How long have you been strength training, and how did you get started? I have been strength training for about nine years. I started in 2009 as a weight/hammer thrower in college. My coach recommended I try powerlifting when I completed the track season. In 2011, my sister Brittany...

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Why You Should Train Your Breathing for Better Movement

To perform at your highest level as an athlete, or even just to move better in your daily life, training your muscles for enhanced movement is a no-brainer. But what about your breathing? When thinking about the role breathing has in training and performance, the focus usually tends to be on oxygenation and stress management. What many people may not realize is that the way we breathe has a significant reciprocal relationship with our posture and mobility.1 A less-than-optimal breathing pattern causes tension and immobility, and immobility and tension prevent optimal breathing. Consequently, the overall quality of our breathing...

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BRAGG: 5 Tips for a Deadlift to Brag About

One of the most important keys to developing a stronger barbell deadlift is your setup. Without a good setup, not only are increasing your risk for injury, you’re also not fully tapping into your strength potential. A solid setup includes the following five elements, and to help you remember what they are, I’ve devised an easy acronym: BRAGG. Breath Root Abs Grip Glutes Note: The steps are presented in this order to make them easier to remember, but you don’t have to perform them in a specific order. Be sure to read the article and watch the video below...

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