Sunday is International Women’s Day and the theme for 2015 is “Make It Happen”. Here are four amazing women who are making things happen in the fitness industry: specialist coaches, women’s ambassadors, academics, authors and pioneers who are shaping the industry, making it a better place for women to train, learn, work and compete.
Thank you, ladies!
(I didn’t have room to feature all the women I admire in the industry. In fact, this series of mini-interviews are ones which had to be (ruthlessly!) cut from a blog post I wrote for a copywriting client – you can read it here. Who would you include in your own list of Successful Women In The Fitness business?)
The women’s ambassador
Molly Galbraith’s website
Molly Galbraith is a strength and conditioning coach and co-founded Girls Gone Strong (GGS), a website dedicated providing women with the absolute best health, wellness, nutrition, training, and lifestyle information. A former gym owner, she now focuses full-time on GGS and her personal work. She fell in love with health and wellness while finishing her business degree at the University of Kentucky and had the opportunity to study under some of the best and brightest strength coaches and trainers in the industry. So, as well as getting her MBA in 2007, she is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach (CSCS) through the NSCA in the USA.
“I’ve been involved in lots of different ventures and encountered many ups and down in the industry, from a failed nutrition and training software business, to the successful 7500 sq. ft. private studio gym I recently stepped away from, to the my information products that have sold in over 45 countries, and of course the phenomenon that is Girls Gone Strong. My main focus is the continued success of Girls Gone Strong, and sharing great information with as many women as possible.”
The physique specialist
Sohee Walsh’s website
Sohee Walsh (formerly Sohee Lee) is known for her work around reverse dieting and specialist physique transformation coaching. Sohee is also a published fitness writer and co-hosts a popular podcast with Dr Layne Norton. She studied Human Biology at Stanford University and is an NSCA-Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. The route to SoheeFit Systems, LLC includes an Internship at Cressey Performance and coaching roles at Tyler English Fitness and Peak Performance NYC.
“My niche and passion is teaching women how to eat right, lift hard, and thrive in their daily lives. I got to where I am today with hard work, focus and a lot of time learning the basics with the best in the business.”
The Fitness Writer
Jen Sinkler’s website
Jen Sinkler is an established fitness writer and personal trainer who has been writing for a range of health magazines since 2003. Jen authored Lift Weights Faster, an online library of over 130 conditioning workouts, and Lift Weights Faster 2 (due for release on March 10th 2015).
Jen is listed in Huffington Post’s “20 of the Best Fitness Experts Worth Following on Twitter”, Shape magazine’s “Top 30 Motivators of 2013”, Greatist’s “15 Must-Read Trainers Rocking the Web in 2013” and was named one of the “100 Most Influential People in Health and Fitness” in both 2014 and 2015.
As well as a professional writer and editor, Jen is a certified RKC 2 kettlebell instructor and holds coaching certifications through USA Weightlifting, Primal Move, Progressive Calisthenics, Onnit, TACFIT, CrossFit and DVRT (Ultimate Sandbag). During her undergrad studies, she did an editorial internship at the North American Review, went on to become communications specialist in the marketing department of Marsh and McLennan, then joined Experience Life magazine, where she served as the editorial director of fitness until she left in 2013 to start her own company.
“Through my writing and coaching, I’m intent on shifting the way women view strength and fitness, The mantra running throughout everything I do is embracing an unapologetically strong approach to training and life. I aim to expand my female clients’ capabilities in a safe and supportive setting. I see a small number of private clients and co-coach the women-only strength training class at The Movement Minneapolis, (the gym I co-own with my husband). I also present at health seminars across the U.S. and run private workshops at host gyms.”
Gillian Mandich’s website
Gillian Mandich is a PhD(c) in Health and Rehabilitation Science at Western University, certified yoga and Yoga Tune Up® teacher. She co-hosts the Holistic Health Diary podcast and TV show, teaches health promotion at Western University, and sits on the Advisory Board at Examine.com where she is also a reviewer. Gillian also hosts and produces Health Science Radio and writes for numerous print/online media. And she is President of the Western Chapter of the Canadian Obesity Network.
“I work really hard to have my brain, skills and talents (and how I help people) speak, instead of how I look, and I love surrounding myself with other women do the same. I got to where I am today with hard work, persistence, and an unwavering belief that anything is possible.”
Nicola Joyce – the Fit Writer – is a freelance copywriter and journalist who writes for the sport and fitness industry. Her main website is here.