Thank You GGS Community

Dear GGS Community,

I just had to take a quick minute to share my gratitude with everyone who has embraced Girls Gone Strong.

Just six months ago, Girls Gone Strong was merely an idea among myself, Molly Galbraith, Jen Comas Keck, Nia Shanks, Marianne Kane, Julia Ladewski and Neghar Fonooni. We all had a passion and shared a vision. In that time, we started brainstorming and Girls Gone Strong was born. Shortly after, a facebook fan page went up and we are already approaching a 10,000 “members” mark.

Girls Gone Strong is a message and community to educate girls and women of all ages on smart training, building mental toughness, self love, a strong character and sense of confidence. The immediate women of GGS have become some of my most trusted friends. I was excited when we bonded so quickly because I entered a sisterhood that is like nothing else. In addition to sharing training with them, we’ve already begun to share the ups and downs of life’s journey. I used to say “I TRAIN strength with the guys in my life and DRAW strength from the women in my life” but now I’m able to add some wonderful women to one of the activities I love most, training. It’s a special bond.

In the past 24 hours, we’ve had some exciting progress. For starters, the FIRST edition of our Girls Gone Strong T-Shirts have arrived.

(Note: these are for personal and promo use only but similar shirts will be available for sale within the next few weeks! Stay Tuned!)

Second and more important: A very cool female and one tough athlete recently messaged me to see if we could help set her up with other like-minded females for training within the DC area. We posted the request on the facebook wall of Girls Gone Strong and because of the stellar community that is building, we were able to link her up with contacts fast. To me, that is amazing. I’m so thrilled people are able to connect through this and gain training partners and new friendships. 

THANK YOU to all the guys and gals who have helped spread the word so far and for the community that is growing with everyone’s participation. It is so awesome to be able to make a difference in people’s training, friendships and lives.

So much more to come!!!

With much excitement and gratitude,

Alli

15 Comments on "Thank You GGS Community"

  1. Neal Putt says:

    My suggestion is to get a Girls Gone Strong chapter going in every city across the country. If you are reaching the 10,000 member mark, that could eventually be a possibility. I would love to see an epidemic sweep the country. The word needs to get out. There are so many young ladies that don’t understand the benefits of strength training. Their minds are still full of false information provided by the misinformed that has been fed to them throughout their lives. I have worked with many young female athletes through the years and only a handful religiously follow my advice in the weight room and they even know that I am a strength and conditioning specialist. “I don’t want to get bulky.” GGS needs to go on tour and spread the message. You can be like rock stars. I’ll promote you and support you in Northeast Indiana!

    • allimckee says:

      Thanks for your thoughtful and supportive comments, Neal! I love the idea of a chapter in every city across the country! We have big visions for this and we appreciate everyone’s feedback, involvement and overall enthusiasm.

      There is a lot of pressure on young girls / female athletes out there and it begins to shape their perception. There is also a TON of information out there and some of it accurate and some of it not…it begins to get difficult for women (and men) to filter it, especially when they don’t have the long term experience of training yet or comfortable with their own identity yet. All we can do is keep educating and empowering.

      I actually keep in touch with my high school lifting coach (Coach Turnbaugh, who also coaches the football team). He runs weight training courses 1 through 6 for the high school students. I’m planning to go back within the next month and talk to the girls in the class…really looking forward to it :)

      Thanks again for supporting GGS!!

  2. Mandy says:

    I am loving the GGS movement. I love what you gals stand for. I can’t wait to see what all of this brings about. It’s exciting to see it all come together! Congrats Alli!

  3. Angel Stone says:

    Alli,
    You are about to change the world. And I’m glad I know you now so you won’t forget me when you’re super famous.:) Thanks for putting up the DC request for me. I hope to connect with another GGS soon.

    You are making in impact. Period.

    Angel

    • Angel Stone says:

      “an impact” typ.

    • allimckee says:

      Angel, it was my pleasure. You really sparked a huge idea for us internally with regards to setting people up. Thank you for being such a Rad woman!! Can’t wait for you to come up to the new spot. Lastly, thank you for your last sentense. IMPACT rang so loud in my heart and I’ve been holding on to that for a few days now :)

  4. Julia says:

    Alli and all the GGS everywhere… you are inspiring and motivating! As a stay-at-home-mom, it’s hard finding like-minded women to share fitness experiences with. Some days, I feel very alone in what I do in the gym–lifting heavy and pushing hard day in and day out. Luckily, I have found you all online and reading about your training and nutrition habits keeps me motivated everyday. Thanks for what you put out there and what you stand for. I hope you keep on growing and reach even more women who embody, but don’t know what it means yet, to be one of the Girls Gone Strong. Much love from CT!!!

    • allimckee says:

      Thank you, Julia!! We LOVE connecting and hearing stories like yours. PLEASE keep doing what you love in training and when you have a lonely day in the gym, think about pushing through and sharing the accomplishment with us afterwards :) Hopefully, we can uncover some more GGS in CT for you to connect with for training too!

  5. Nancy C. says:

    I can’t tell you how excited and grateful I am to see this movement and see it grow. I feel like I’m a lonely island at my gym since I’m the only woman there who trains this way. I’d like to see groups form at the local level. Thanks from the NW suburbs of Chicago!

    • allimckee says:

      Thanks Nancy! Seems the idea is trending to form connections on local levels everywhere… we are going to have to brainstorm this! In the meantime, be proud of your unique awesomeness at your gym and thank you for the love!

  6. I’m a HUGE fan of the Girls Gone Strong movement. The team creates awesome content on the Facebook page, your personal blogs, and through YouTube videos, and I love sharing them with people, both male and female, who are intimidated by or unsure about dedicated strength training. Thanks for everything you’re doing! When those GSS shirts are up for sale, please remember the guys! I’m not sure the XS V-Necks would fit all of us…

    • allimckee says:

      Hahahah, Harold, I think we are going to have to look into some guy gear.. how awesome is that! Though XS V-necks would make quite the muscle T :) Would you also wear a shirt that says “I’m in love with a Girl Gone Strong” haha.

      Aside from the T’s, thanks so much for sharing our facebook page, personal blogs, you tube videos, etc. We look forward to growing the content and the brand reach :) We couldn’t do it without support from you all. So THANKS!!

  7. Nicole M. says:

    As a personal trainer I am totally in support of this movement; I can’t even relate how many times I’ve now corrected someone’s misinformed idea that strength training will make a woman “look bulky.” Thanks so much for your time, insight and dedication. Any chance we could get some of those shirts without the pink? Maybe a page to connect with GGS gals in our city would be a cool idea? I am also looking for a weightlifting partner in Austin TX. You ladies are inspiring!

    Keep it up!!!!!

  8. Beth says:

    Great and much needed message for women.
    NEED.GGS.TSHIRTS.NOW. Please Hurry!!!

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