Happy days! We’re about to give you the low-down of beauty cheats you should have up your sleeves for flawless make-up in just a few minutes.


You don’t need to do the most here: If you want sheer coverage, apply your foundation with the tips of your fingers – this secures a thinly spread foundation while still covering your whole face. If your want a bit more coverage than that, simply go for the fibre brush for the win. Make-up done and done.

TRY: Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup SPF 10, R585 at RedSquare


We know how much of a struggle getting your eyeshadow to last can be. Don’t you worry about that anymore. Just ditch using concealer on your eyelids as a base. Concealer was actually created to have a fairly thick consistency, which can cause the eyeshadow to crease. But feel free to use this baby (we rate it!) under your eyes…

Read More: How To Get And Maintain Clear Skin If You Suffer From These 3 Problems

TRY: Yardley HD Concealer Pen, R110 at RedSquare


Got dry skin? Powder shouldn’t be your ‘go-to’ for base and cover-up. It’ll only make you look ashy and flaky. Rather apply powder to the areas of your face where you usually suffer with oiliness, like the T-Zone and the bridge of your nose.

TRY: Clinique Blended Face Powder and Brush, R260 at RedSquare


Read More: 5 Luxury Foundations Every Girl Should Try At Least Once In Her Lifetime

So many of us get this wrong. You shouldn’t apply blush to the apples of your cheeks; rather, sweep the brush from your cheeks to the top of your ear in a tick shape. Result: A youthful facelift effect. Thank me later.

TRY: Bobbi Brown Blush, R470 at RedSquare 


If you want to make your lipstick last longer, start off with a lip pencil, lining the edges of your lips, then colour in your entire pout. Apply your lipstick, starting from the Cupid’s bow and moving downwards. Dab with translucent powder and apply another layer of lipstick. It won’t smudge and it’ll stay put throughout the day too.

Read More: The One Trick That Will Help You Find The Perfect Nude Lipstick

TRY: Black Opal Color Splurge Luxe Matte Lipstick, R160 at RedSquare


Black is a bit extra. Rather keep it low-key by opting for a brown pencil. If you want a more defined line, go for a waxy pencil; for a subtler brow, use eyebrow powder (or even brown eyeshadow) and an angled brush to create lifelike hairs. Begin by lining the bottom of your brow, then take your pencil to the top. This will create an even line and clean finish.

Read More: Hey Newbies — This Is Exactly What You Should Have In Your Make-Up Bag

TRY: Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Natural Eye Brow Pencil, R265 at RedSquare 

FYI – these make-up mistakes could be making your acne worse. Plus: 4 things you should know before you get permanent make-up.

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FYI: March was Endometriosis awareness month… but do you even know what that is? I didn’t. Info on the condition is scant, so people just don’t understand it. It’s even described as a ghost disease: the pain is very real to the sufferer, but it’s not visible on the outside.

For this reason, sufferers often don’t get the support they need and deserve. They’re misjudged as over-dramatic or lazy. But endo affects so much more than just a woman’s body. It gets to your relationships, sex life, fertility and career…

What Is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a condition where tissue, similar to that found within the uterus, grows outside the uterus in areas such as the ovaries, Fallopian tubes and bowel. As hormones change during the menstrual cycle, this tissue acts in the same way as the endometrium – it builds up and breaks down. Unlike the endometrium, though, the blood and tissue have no way to leave the body. Instead, this causes inflammation, painful scar tissue and adhesions. Ouch. A laparoscopy is used to diagnose the disease and can be used to treat endometriosis.

“The statistic commonly cited is that it affects one in 10 women and that an estimated 175 million women worldwide have the disease,” says Dr Rizwana Roomaney, a women’s and reproductive health lecturer from Stellenbosch University. In the UK, the average length of time between the onset of symptoms and actual diagnosis via laparoscopy is eight years. In the USA, 12 years!

“There isn’t any cure for endometriosis,” says Roomaney. “But there are various ways of managing the pain and symptoms associated with the illness.” Doctors usually ‘laser’ the endometriosis, but there are other treatments, like oral contraceptives (for women who don’t want to conceive), various hormonal therapies (which usually have side effects) and surgery.

READ MORE: 5 Period Symptoms That Might Signal A Serious Health Problem

According to Roomaney, the best type of surgery is excision surgery (cutting out the endometriosis, as opposed to ‘burning’ it), as this has a lower recurrence rate. But, unfortunately, there are very few gynaecologists in South Africa who have the necessary surgical skills to perform excision surgery.

Lindsay’s Story

Lindsay Speirs Du Toit suffered from constant ovarian pain growing up. Looking back now, she realises that she always had endometriosis – she just didn’t know what it was. High school was tough, since it’s not on the list of topics to discuss during Life Orientation or The Talk With Mom. “We’re just told that what we’re feeling is normal,” Lindsay says.

“Imagine being told off by your teacher when your heavy bleeding requires you to visit the bathroom, again. Or your hockey coach telling you how pathetic you are for having no energy on the field, or not wanting to do sport because of the pain you are feeling.” Lindsay explains. “I was labelled as lazy or disinterested.” Little did they know how much pain she was dealing with on a daily basis.

READ MORE: This Woman Is Showing What It’s Really Like to Have Endometriosis

“I went to the gynae [for answers] at the age of 27,” Lindsay says. She was experiencing the worst pain she’d ever felt. The gynecologist diagnosed a cyst and sent her off with meds. But a little while later, with the pain still unbearable, she paid her gynaecologist another visit. This time, he suspected endometriosis, but he couldn’t confirm his suspicions without a laparoscopy – endometriosis isn’t visible on a scan.

The laparoscopy confirmed the doctor’s suspicions: she had endo, and underwent surgery to remove the tissue. “They removed what they could – what was visible to the naked eye,” Lindsay says.

READ MORE: Why Are Some Periods Worse Than Others?

Living With It

Endometriosis is not experienced in the same way by all sufferers. There are different levels of severity. The symptoms include pain, heavy bleeding, bloating, fatigue and, sometimes, painful intercourse. Lindsay’s pain would become almost unbearable during menstruation. In a month, she’d only have about seven pain-free days. “Living with chronic pain is no joke and it takes strength from unknown places to put on a happy face.”

“I sometimes try and explain the pain to others – on a good day it feels like normal period pains, but on a bad day it feels like that times 20.” Other endo suffers have described it as equivalent to being kicked in the gut by five bodybuilders or having your internal organs wrapped in barbed wire.

READ MORE: 6 Signs You’ve Got An Ovarian Cyst That’s About To Become A Big Problem

The pain is constant, but the other symptoms come and go. “The fatigue is terrible – you lose the lust for life.” Lindsay remembers many road trips where she would simply stay in the car. She just couldn’t find the strength to get out and admire the view. “How do you explain to your partner or family members… I’m so tired, sad and in pain. They can only hear that so many times without rolling their eyes,” she says.


Lindsay stresses that it’s important to see a specialist once you’ve been diagnosed by your gynae. Her first laparoscopy left her with a couple of scars and a slightly deformed belly button. “It’s a terrible op where they put a camera through your belly button and make keyhole incisions in your tummy to cauterise (burn) the endo,” Lindsay explains. “They pump you full of gas for full visibility.” This gas takes a day to leave the system – this is the worst pain, but the holes hurt as well.

Lindsay was told to use the Pill to prevent her period, as this would lessen the symptoms, but after four months of embarrassing surprise ‘leaks’, she had to find a better solution. “I was then prescribed a pill that was like a male hormone,” she says. Besides costing a small fortune, she was warned that her voice may deepen and that facial hair may be an issue. No thank you! She was also told that she should have a baby straight away as she might not be able to have one at a later stage. Talk about rushed planning.

“So I took my chances and lived with the pain,” Lindsay admits. One year later and another laparoscopy down, Lindsay was again advised to have a baby. “It will cure [your endometriosis],” she was told. Dr Roomaney says that this is incorrect: endometriosis can develop after pregnancy and women in menopause can still experience symptoms.

READ MORE: 5 Types Of Period Cramps That Could Signal A Serious Problem

For Lindsay, this seemed to be the only way forward. But it was easier said than done. “The contraceptive Pill actually helps – it keeps you lighter and reduces the period pains… but in order to make a baby… no Pill.” It was a whole different world of pain. Three years later and still no baby, Lindsay finally visited a fertility specialist and underwent another laparoscopy. This time, the pain disappeared. “Everything felt better, I was energised, I started exercising and running,” she says. Lindsay was winning the endometriosis battle, but the fertility battle had just begun.

Baby Time

“When I was diagnosed, I was told that endometriosis affects fertility,” Lindsay begins. The battle to fall pregnant was a struggle she wasn’t prepared for. “It’s been equated to the same stress as fighting cancer,” she adds. “It’s painful, embarrassing, you feel like a failure, and it is so incredibly sad and unfair.”

“As soon as I fell pregnant, the specialists were no longer interested in me,” Lindsay says. The first few weeks of pregnancy were accompanied with terrible period-type pain and she was convinced she’d get her period. But then the pain was gone… Pure bliss. And after a fairly normal pregnancy, her baby was born.

READ MORE: What You Need To Know About Endometriosis And Your Fertility

Lindsay’s Advice

To the moms, listen to your daughters when they tell you that the pain they’re experiencing is not normal. Teachers, show more compassion and understanding. Bosses, listen to your employees and show empathy. To everyone, research, learn and show compassion. And finally, to the endometriosis warriors, keep on fighting!

For more info and support groups, click here.

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Let’s get one thing out of the way right now: Weight-loss surgery isn’t just a lazy way to drop a few kilos, especially if you’ve got more weight to lose than you care to admit.

Real talk: “The chance of a very obese person maintaining weight loss with diet and exercise alone — or even on medications — is about 2 percent after six months,” says clinical professor of surgery Dr Erik Dutson.

And while trying to willpower your way to weight loss first sounds nice and all, sometimes, doing weight-loss surgery sooner rather than later is actually your smartest choice: “I think bariatric surgery has always been thought of as last resort, but actually the longer you wait, the less the effect it has,” Dutson says.

Wondering if a procedure like bariatric surgery might be right for you? Here are the questions doctors ask patients before they make the final call.

Do You Have Any Underlying Health Conditions?

You can have health problems like diabetes and high blood pressure and still get weight-loss surgery — but the key is to have these conditions under control. Otherwise, it ups the risk of complications, Dutson says.

That means patients need to take medications to regulate symptoms well before they ever set foot in the operating room.

READ MORE: 5 Reasons You’re Gaining Weight That Have Nothing To Do With Food

“Lots of patients come in and say the reason they want the surgery is to control their diabetes,” Dutson explains. “But my response is: Even if you have to go on insulin temporarily, that’s much better in terms of safety during the operation — and then after surgery, you can go off the meds completely.”

Have You Had Any Addiction Problems In The Past?

Most patients go through a psychological analysis pre-surgery, says Dutson. This helps ID and address any addiction problems — including those related to food.

“The problem here is addiction replacement,” he explains. In other words, if someone is addicted to food, then after surgery, they’re more likely to get develop an unhealthy relationship with something like drugs, alcohol, or even sex or gambling.

“If you take away the food, they’ll seek to replace that,” Dutson says. “So you need to address these addictive drives first so they’ll be set up for success later.”

READ MORE: “Help! I Married A Feeder – And He Likes His Women Big…”

Do You Smoke?

Sorry to break it to the smokers out there, but this habit tends to coincide with an addictive personality, Dutson says — which can lead to the issues mentioned above.

What’s more, smoking can also increase the risk of complications (not exactly a shocker considering that side effects of smoking: a higher chance of heart disease, respiratory problems and stroke).

Have You Already Started Making Healthy Changes?

You can’t just go under the knife and expect to see lasting results without overhauling any of the habits you had beforehand, says Dutson.

And while pre-op behaviours don’t always match what a patient will do post-op, some doctors (including Dutson) won’t consider you for surgery unless they see that you’ve already started making an effort in the whole “I’m eating better and moving more” department.

“This just increases the risk and minimises the potential benefit,” says Dutson.

READ MORE: Why Does It Feel So Much Harder To Lose Weight When You’re Short?

The pre-operation period is about three to six months for the typical patient, so this is the time when you need to start making diet and exercise changes — and lose a few kilos.

Dutson says he encourages about five percent weight loss (so for a 150kg person, that’s seven or eight kilograms). “The fact is that most patients we see have been on a million different diets and have been temporarily successful in weight loss, but gained it back, which is normal,” he says. “But if they were able to lose weight temporarily, they will probably be very successful, because surgery makes it permanent.”

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Here are answers to some of your most frequently asked questions. If you aren’t already on our pre-sale list, you still have time to sign-up. When you get on the list, you’re under no obligation to purchase. It simply means that you’ll get early access to registration and save $200 off the program! Be sure to sign up today!

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What Is GGS-1?

GGS-1 is the world’s first interdisciplinary, evidence-based, body positive, women-specific certification for health and fitness professionals.

Who is the GGS-1 certification for?

The GGS-1 Certification is for any health and fitness professional who wants to better understand, connect with, serve, and empower their female clients.

  • Women make up about 67 to 75 percent of all personal training clients.
  • Women are much more likely than men on average to be health-focused (to see a doctor, to research health information, to take vitamins or other health supplements, to exercise, to read food labels).
  • If you’re a coach, unless you specialize in coaching particular groups (such as male college athletes), you’ll likely find that most of your clients will be women.
  • Along with food, beauty, and clothing, fitness ranks as one of the top areas where women spend their money.
  • If you collaborate with healthcare providers, you’ll find that most of them are women too.

Women are not a “special population” or a footnote, and yet, women’s issues are still under-served by much of the fitness industry.

Despite women’s presence and interest in fitness, most service models and research have been aimed at and tailored to men.

Not anymore.

Join the revolution of coaches and trainers who believe that women deserve to have their unique needs and desires understood and coached.

We understand that every woman has a unique set of values, priorities, desires, resources, and goals that must be considered when designing an effective program to help her feel empowered, safe, and strong in her body.

Whether you’re interested in taking your coaching career to a new level to become the go-to expert in your area, be a woman who empowers other women, or help women finally change the way they feel about themselves and their bodies, this certification is for you.

What’s the difference between CPPC and GGS-1?

The best way to describe the different between CPPC and GGS-1 is this:

CPPC covers everything a health and fitness professional needs to know from a coaching, psychology, nutrition, exercise, and rest and recovery perspective for prenatal and postnatal women.

GGS-1 covers almost literally everything else. Well, as much as you can fit into a 600-ish page, 200,000-ish word textbook.

The main difference between the two is the laser focus on the pre- and postnatal period versus broader information and covering a woman’s lifespan.

GGS-1 also has information about conditions that affect women/females exclusively (or at a higher rate than men/males) to educate you about what some of your client’s may be experiencing and gain some coaching skills specific to working with these clients (all within your scope of practice, of course):

  • Osteoporosis (both low bone mineral density/osteoporosis as a result of chronic undereating AND bone mineral density osteoporosis as it relates to aging)
  • Amenorrhea/Oligomenorrhea
  • Female Athlete Triad

And a chapter discussing challenging lifestyle-related topics that affect progress and how to coach through them such as:

  • Chronic stress
  • Emotional labor
  • Lack of time/schedule constraints
  • Family considerations
  • Travel

Here’s an example of the Anatomy & Physiology content that may help you understand better. It’s not a fully inclusive list, but hopefully this will help you get the idea.

The Anatomy & Physiology Unit for CPPC covers:

  • Female core and pelvic floor
  • How it changes during pregnancy from trimester to trimester
  • How it changes after pregnancy as a woman recovers, rehabs, and retrains her core/pelvic floor
  • The implications for exercise during and after pregnancy
  • Common musculoskeletal issues during pregnancy
  • The physiological changes a woman experiences during pregnancy including:
    • Hormonal
    • Metabolic
    • Postural
    • Quality of tissue
    • Respiratory
    • Cardiovascular

The Anatomy & Physiology Chapter for the GGS-1 covers:

  • Sex versus gender
  • Reproductive organs
  • Body composition
  • Breasts
    • Size and shape
    • Support and pain
    • Breasts and exercise
    • What does all this mean for you as a trainer?
  • Skeletal system, bone and connective tissue
  • Structure of the pelvic
  • Lower limb biomechanics
    • Bone
    • Connective tissue
    • ACL
    • What do these structural and biomechanical differences mean for training?
  • Pelvic floor
    • What is it
    • Functions
    • Training and the pelvic floor
    • Aging and the pelvic floor
  • Female physiology
    • Menstrual cycle, phases, estrogens, regulation of the cycle
  • Muscle strength (fatigability and muscle fibers)
  • Metabolic function
  • Aerobic capacity
  • Blood pressure
  • Menopause, perimenopause, early menopause (premature ovarian insufficiency)
  • Vasomotor symptoms

I’m not a certified trainer. Can I still purchase this?

Yes, you are still able to purchase GGS-1, however, we do strongly recommend that you hold at least one other basic personal training or fitness certification from a major certifying body like NSCA, NASM, ACSM, etc.

They each offer an important baseline foundation of anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, and exercise science that will allow you to have a broader understanding of training concepts and application, and a better understanding of our material.

Additionally, being insured is incredibly important when working with clients. Many of the major certifying bodies offer insurance.

So yes, you can get it — and since it’s a self-paced certification you can always purchase it on April 24th, and then wait to take it until you’ve completed another baseline cert, or you could wait until our registration opens again later this year.

If I’m a brand-new trainer, can this still help me?

Absolutely! You won’t find a more well-researched, practical guide to working with women anywhere in the world. And since the majority of your clients will be women, you can feel confident that you’re helping your clients get the best results possible while keeping them safe and healthy — both physically and psychologically — all while adding more tools to your toolbox.

Experience is a big part of what makes a trainer great, and using this program allows you to gain the experience you need to become an incredible trainer while having the confidence that you’re not “guessing” with your clients.

Can I earn CEUs for any of the major fitness certifications by completing this certification?

We are in the process of applying for CEUs at the moment. We anticipate being accepted through the following organizations (based on the fact that we’ve NEVER been turned down before): NASM, AFAA, CanFitPro, REPS, and FitRec AU. Here are some additional details:

Canada – CanFit Pro
CanFitPro approved the CPPC a few weeks after it opened for enrollment last September. It normally takes 4-6 weeks after you apply to get approved, and because our Certifications are so extensive (i.e. provide so much more content than run-of-the-mill courses/certifications) it can take even longer for us to get approved. It takes a while for them to review a 600+ page textbook, 100+ page workbook, and online portal filled with materials. We were approved for 4 CECs through CanFitPro for CPPC, so we should be approved for at least that many for GGS-1.

Our CPPC graduates have successfully petitioned ACE for CEUs and received 2.0 credits. GGS-1 is slightly longer than CPPC, so we anticipate students receiving at least 2.0 credits. We have prepared a helpful packet of information you can use to prepare and submit your petition to ACE – just email us at [email protected] and we’ll send it to you.

Approval from NASM won’t be finalized before GGS-1 enrollment opens, but this is the 8th time we’ve applied for CEUs through NASM and have never been turned down (AND it’s about 20 to 25 percent longer than our Pre- & Postnatal Coaching Certification, which was approved for 2.5 NASM CEUs) so we’re confident we’ll be approved.

If you don’t see your certifying body on the list
If we haven’t applied to your certifying body for CEUs, you should be able to petition for them to accept the certification CEUs based on our acceptance by other organizations. We’ve had many students successfully petition and we’re always happy to help you in that process if you needed it.

I’m already a coach who works with women. Am I going to learn anything I don’t already know?

Whether you’re a brand-new health and fitness professional, or a seasoned veteran, we feel 100% confident that you’ll learn a ton of valuable information from this certification.

We brought together 17 of the world’s leading experts in women’s health and fitness to contribute to our curriculum. Nowhere else can you learn from strength and conditioning coaches, physiotherapists, registered dietitians, OB-GYNs, doulas, and PhDs in psychology, exercise science, and molecular biology all through one program that you can complete at your own pace.

Are there any requirements to maintain my certification?

You will need to retake an exam two years from the date of completion to keep your certification current. The renewal process is in place to ensure your knowledge is current, and you’re still practicing at the top of your field. Renewing your certification is free if you do it within 60 days of expiry (we will email you to remind you it’s coming up). If you allow your certification to expire, you will have to pay a small fee to re-certify.

How can I know if this certification is legit?

The Coaching and Training Women Academy is owned and operated by Girls Gone Strong — the world’s most trusted resource for evidence-based, body-positive information, designed by women, for women.

We’ve had over a thousand students enroll in our certification programs and have received incredible feedback from them regarding the quality of instruction they received. You can check out the list of graduates who have chosen to be featured in our Online Coaches Directory.

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The GGS-1 Curriculum

What comes with the purchase of the GGS-1 Certification?

You’ll receive:

  • A hardcover textbook (~600 pages) divided into four units, with dozens of case studies and resources you can reference for years to come.
  • A 100+ page accompanying workbook with practice questions and case studies to help you deepen your understanding of the materials, practice what you’ve learned, and study for the exams
  • Custom-built, mobile-friendly online portal filled with:
    • High-definition coaching and demonstration videos for every unit.
    • Multiple assessment tools and forms you can use with your clients, including a daily assessment tool to help you adjust a client’s programming day to day as needed.
    • Bonus workout templates for every goal (general health and wellness, muscle gain, strength gain, fat loss, endurance training, and more)
    • Additional reading and resource recommendations for further exploration.
    • Comprehensive unit exams.
  • For a LIMITED TIME, were including FREE access to Master Level Certification Support. GGS-1 Certification Support will take place in the most uplifting, encouraging, informative, and supportive closed Facebook Group you will find ANYWHERE.

What is in each unit?

  • Unit 1: Coaching & Psychology
  • Unit 2: Nutrition
  • Unit 3: Exercise & Recovery
  • Unit 4: Making Nutrition & Exercise Work in Real Life

When does the certification start?

Enrollment opens April 24th, but only if you’re on the pre-sale list (being on the pre-sale list also helps you save $200 when you enroll). Enrollment will open to the public 48 hours later, but we are limiting enrollment, so make sure you get on the pre-sale list if you’re interested in the certification.

Once you enroll on April 24th, you will have 24/7 access to the online certification materials right away, and you can get started immediately. Your textbook will be shipped within 10-15 business days of your payment being processed.

The GGS-1 Coaching Certification won’t be available for enrollment again until later this year at the earliest, so don’t delay. And remember, the Certification is entirely self-paced, so even if you aren’t ready to get started right away, you can still enroll now so you’ll have everything you need when you’re ready.

How much time do I need to complete the certification?

GGS-1 is a self-paced certification. That means you can work through the materials at your own pace and make sure it fits your individual schedule.

The pace that seems to work well for many people is one chapter per week, including: reading the chapter in the textbook, watching any accompanying videos, answering the worksheet questions and case studies, digging into any relevant resources or reading materials, and possibly taking the unit exam if you’re at the end of a unit. Following that structure, you can expect to spend three to five hours per week on the materials. Since there are 20 chapters, you’ll finish your certification in four to five months.

For how long will I be able to access the online portal?

Access to our online portal never expires. You’ll be able to refer back to your materials and resources throughout your career.

Who developed GGS-1?

GGS-1 was developed and reviewed by 17 world-class women’s health experts from five countries who are leaders in their fields. These experts include:

  • 6 PhDs in exercise science, psychology, molecular biology, rehabilitation science, and women’s studies
  • 6 strength and conditioning coaches with various backgrounds
  • 3 physiotherapists
  • 1 Registered Dietitian
  • 1 OB/GYN

These women are also certified/qualified as yoga and Pilates instructors, doulas, nutrition coaches, CSCS, USAW olympic lifting coaches, pre- and postnatal fitness experts, behavior change experts, and more. They are current and former:

  • Gym and clinic owners
  • Collegiate athletes
  • National weightlifting champions
  • Olympians
  • Researchers at universities like Johns Hopkins and University of Florida

They have 220 years of practical and clinical experience working with clients and patients outside of their formal education.

Since this is a certification, will there be a test at the end?

Yes! There are four comprehensive unit exams. Each unit exam contains  30 to 50 questions (depending on the length of the unit) for a total of 120 to 200 questions — and you can go at your own pace.

You will also have a workbook with lots of questions and case studies for every unit. The workbook and case studies are not graded. They are designed to deepen your understanding of the material, help you prepare for the exam, and give you more confidence in applying the information you’ve learned.

Does GGS-1 cover pregnancy?

There’s no way to cover everything there is to know in this certification, which is why we have an entirely separate Pre- & Postnatal Coaching Certification, including a 500-page textbook, 100+ page workbook, and online portal devoted to the topic.

The GGS-1 textbook is 600+ pages, and our Pre- & Postnatal Coaching Certification is 500 pages. There’s no way to adequately cover both in the same Certification.

How Much Does It Cost?

The full investment in the certification is $1200, but if you’re on the pre-sale list you’ll save $200! We also offer an additional $200 discount for paying in full, for a total price of $800.

The full investment comes with a 600-ish page textbook, 100+ page workbook, mobile-friendly online portal, and access to curriculum creators.

It’s 100% self-paced, and it’s a hybrid online certification, meaning it comes with a printed textbook and workbook, and an online portal filled with bonus resources, downloadable forms, videos, and your exams. There’s no physical location, so it can be completed from anywhere in the world on your own schedule!

Do you offer scholarships?

We recognize that GGS-1 is a big investment of your time and money, and we don’t take that lightly. We also know how profoundly it’s going to change the lives of the women you coach and train. In order to make the certification as accessible as possible to as many people as possible, we have payment plans available. At this time, we aren’t offering scholarships to the certification, but if that changes in the future we’ll be sure to let our community know.

Is there a Refund Policy?

You’re protected with our 100% risk-free, money-back guarantee. We know that GGS-1 has the power to change the lives of women everywhere, and we want to make it as accessible as possible to health and fitness professionals of all disciplines.

We are so confident that this Certification will profoundly change your life and your clients’ lives, that we are willing to back that up with a 60-day, risk-free guarantee.

That’s our promise. Try GGS-1 for 60 days. If you’re not happy with what you learn, get in touch with us and we’ll give you every penny back. We’re confident in what we do, and we stand by our work.

Should you decide you want your money back (we’re confident you won’t!), even if you’ve completed all of your coursework, your name will be removed from the GGS-1 Certified Coaches registry on the GGS website and you’ll no longer be able to access the online portal.

Is the textbook available for purchase by itself?

No, the textbook is available exclusively for GGS-1 students.

Will other portions of the certification be available? Or, do I have to purchase the entire thing?

No GGS-1 components will be available a la carte. We have specifically designed all of the elements of this Certification to work synergistically to provide the best and most effective learning experience possible. The textbook, videos, workbook, and bonus templates are designed to optimize your learning experience so that you can become the best and most effective Certified GGS-1 Coach possible.

Technical Questions and Support

Where can I ask questions about the program after I start?

If you have questions about the program after you start, feel free to reach out in our FREE Coaching and Training Women Facebook group and ask. Our experts (PhDs, Physiotherapist, Nutrition Coaches, Researchers, Doulas, Health and Fitness Professionals, etc.) are in the Facebook group to answer all of your questions and support you through your coaching and training journey. We’re dead set on you becoming one of our Academy Success Stories!

Technical and support questions can be submitted to [email protected], and someone from the GGS Team will get back to you right away.

Do I get one-on-one support?

No, we don’t offer one-on-one support as we’ve found group support to be the most effective way for members of our community to learn. We run a number of closed Facebook groups, and members of those groups constantly rave about how valuable they find the support and resources that the community provides.

We’re confident that our large community of coaches and trainers, along with our group moderators and Academy experts (who created the curriculum for the GGS-1 certification) in the Coaching and Training Women Facebook group will be available to help answer just about any question you may have about the curriculum.

And of course, our stellar client care team is always just an email away at [email protected] to help with any technical issues or other questions you may have. We deeply care about your experience with our program, we will take care of you to the best of our abilities.

How do I get access to the program once I buy it?

We have custom-built a streamlined, easy-to-use, intuitive, online portal that houses all of our certification material in one place. It is optimized for both desktop and mobile devices. You’ll have access right away to get started and go through the program at your own pace. In the meantime, your beautifully designed, easy-to-use GGS-1 textbook — a highly useful reference for your coaching career for years to come — will be shipped within five to 10 business days of your payment being processed. And worldwide shipping is FREE!

Does GGS-1 come with a textbook?

Yes, and you’re going to love it! Our textbook is just one of the things that sets GGS-1 apart from other certifications. It is a beautifully designed, easy-to-use, hardcover textbook with roughly 200,000 words and 600 pages. It will be a highly useful reference for your coaching career for years to come. Our textbook designer has years of experience creating well-designed textbooks that enhance the learning process. You’ll also receive a 100+ page, spiral-bound workbook to enhance your learning and prepare for your exams.

About the Coaching & Training Women Academy

What is the Coaching & Training Women Academy?

The Coaching & Training Women Academy operates entirely online and will house multiple certifications specific to working with women, including our Pre- & Postnatal Coaching Certification and the GGS-1 Certification, the world’s first evidence-based, body-positive certification focused on women-specific nutrition, training, rest and recovery, psychology, and coaching.

Each of these certifications include a hardcover textbook, workbook, and an online portal full of videos, worksheets, case studies, and other downloadable resources. All certifications are self-paced with online exams, so you can study and complete your certification on your own schedule that works for you.

Why did you start the Academy?

It’s appalling that there still such a lack of knowledge about women-specific health and fitness issues. As an example, when someone has knee surgery, the doctor insists that they follow very specific rest and recovery protocols and engage in physical therapy multiple times per week for several months. Yet, when a woman has a c-section (i.e. major abdominal surgery) she is told to “not drive or lift anything for six weeks and you’ll be fine,” or “as long as you’re active, you’ll heal fine.”

This is exactly what we are trying to put an end to with our Coaching & Training Women Academy. This industry has been under-serving women for years and we truly believe the Coaching & Training Women Academy is a crucial first step toward an industry overhaul.

The Coaching & Training Women Academy offers multiple certifications to raise awareness and offer resources for health and fitness professionals to better understand, connect with, and serve their female clients, ultimately becoming better coaches!

We’re thrilled to think how powerful it will be that our CPPC and GGS-1 certifications raise awareness about the importance of an interdisciplinary approach to working with women where practitioners from all different fields recognize and value the contributions of one another, and understand how an interdisciplinary approach can be incredibly valuable to their clients and patients.

Are there are other certifications I can take through the Academy?

We currently have two certifications available through our Academy.

Each of these certifications come with a hardcover textbook, a workbook, and an online portal full of videos, worksheets, case studies, and other downloadable resources. All certifications are self-paced with online exams.

Who runs the Academy?

The Coaching and Training Women Academy is powered by Girls Gone Strong.

Do I have to be a member of the Academy to take the Certifications?

There are no specific membership requirements for the Academy. You will be enrolled as a student in the Academy when you enroll in any of our certifications. To complement your certification enrollment, we do suggest you join our GGS Coaching & Training Women closed Facebook group to get access to curriculum creators, and be part of a group of like-minded current and aspiring health and fitness professionals from all disciplines.

How do I know if the Academy is legit?

Our Academy is owned and operated by Girls Gone Strong — the world’s most trusted resource for evidence-based, body-positive information, designed by women, for women. To create our certifications, we bring together dozens of the world’s top women’s health experts. They are PhDs, physiotherapists, pre- and postnatal fitness experts, certified strength and conditioning coaches, psychologists, exercise scientists, doulas, midwives, OB-GYNs, molecular biologists, nurse practitioners, behavior change experts, and registered dietitians.

Our experts have the academic training and the clinical and practical experience to provide health and fitness professionals with exactly what they need to know to better understand, connect with, serve, and empower their women clients.

We are so confident that our Certifications will profoundly change your life and your clients’ lives, that we are willing to back that up with a 60-day, risk-free guarantee.

That’s our promise. Try our Certification for 60 days. If you’re not happy with what you learn, get in touch with us and we’ll give you every penny back. We’re confident in what we do, and we stand by our work.

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Anything on wheels is a winning design in my book. I am constantly moving things around in my house as well as my studio. This idea for turning 3 recycled wine crates into a rolling storage cart is so pretty and useful. I bet it would hold all sorts of things. Pop on over to the bog Aloha Home Solutions for more info on how to make a recycled wine crate rolling cart.

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Tutorial: Add button tab patch pockets to a skirtThe button tab pockets are a standout feature on this pencil skirt.  Michelle from That Black Chic shares a tutorial at We All Sew showing how you can add this detail to the next skirt you sew.

Click below for the tutorial:

How to Add Pockets to a Skirt, by That Black Chic

[photo from That Black Chic on We All Sew]

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This jewelry making tutorial uses crimp beads to create a simply designed bracelet. The key to making this bracelet as pretty as the one above is the beads that you choose. These beads look like English ceramics but you can pick beads that suit your own style.

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Giveaway and Review: Paper Pumpkin Kit for April 2018

If you’re looking for paper crafting inspiration Paper Pumpkin is here to inspire you and bring creativity to your door each and every month. Paper Pumpkin is a subscription kit brought to you by the folks at Stampin’ Up.

When you sign up you’ll get a box full of everything you need to complete multiples of that months project along with an instruction sheet and a link to an on-line video tutorial. Kits might include things like a clear stamp set, blank cards and envelopes, ink pads, stickers, embellishments, washi tape, twine and more. In most cases scissors are all you might need to complete the projects, a clear stamping block will be included in your very first kit.

One of the best things about subscribing to Paper Pumpkin is the ability to purchase extra kits, subscribers can go to this link and buy extras.

This months kit called You are My Anchor and includes everything you need to make 4 small gift boxes that hold 4 each of 5 different 3″x 3″ card designs. It includes a mini clear stamp set, small ink cube, twine, printed die cut shapes, box bottoms and slide covers, patterned card bases, envelopes and adhesive.

Shown up top I followed the kit directions and made one of each of the cards and box. This great nautical design is perfect for any type of masculine card for a baby, birthday or Father’s Day!

Giveaway and Review: Paper Pumpkin Kit for April 2018

I also made an alternative standard size card for a baby boy using many items found in this months kit.

If you’d like to be inspired and get crafty every month with a Paper Pumpkin kit you can sign up here or talk to your Stampin’ Up consultant. The cost is $19.95 a month. 

Or you have a chance to win this months Paper Pumpkin kit! The generous folks over at Stampin’ Up are offering to giveaway a kit to one lucky Craft Gossip reader, simply leave a comment below to be entered, one comment will be randomly chosen. One comment per person, open to US residents only. Giveaway runs from today through 4/29/18.


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Hi there! It’s Holly Barker here and today I get to meet and talk with the beautiful Jade Atkinson!

Jade is an IFBB Bikini Pro, Fitness Model, Personal Trainer, Lifestyle and Contest Prep Coach who is devoted to helping people build confidence by achieving and surpassing their health and fitness goals. 

Jade is an honors graduate of the University of Windsor. She grew up playing competitive baseball and figure skating, where she eventually began coaching figure skating. Jade has over 10 years of athletic coaching experience, and 6 years of personal training and nutritional programming. 

Jade has worked with a variety of clients of all ages and levels of fitness. She has an in-depth understanding of various training and nutrition systems with proven results. She uses a combination of training methods (resistance, conditioning, and weight training) that will keep training fun and be challenging. 

Jade wants to inspire and encourage other people to be their best, strongest self. Through health and fitness, she has helped many build their confidence simply by helping her clients do what they thought they couldn’t. Jade’s goal is to inspire people to believe that it doesn’t matter who you are, or where you’ve been. It’s never ever too late to become whoever you want to be!

Can I get a heck yes and a warm welcome to Jade!


Also: The Fitness Gurls Podcast: Callie Bundy

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Here’s a great paper craft for spring! Succulents are really popular plants, and simply quite beautiful! Make a paper succulent using this tutorial and free template to use for embellishing your scrapbook page or albums, as well as for home decor for upcoming Spring events like Mother’s Day.

You’ll get the template in both PDF and SVG formats.

Source: Paper Succulent Template: How to Make Paper Succulent Flowers

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