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Weight training and olympic lifting courses for beginners in London

» by September 6th, 2013 at 12:40 pm » Comments (30)

I run regular weight training and olympic lifting courses through my company Strength Ambassadors. I have a number of courses coming up in the remainder of 2013 in central London, UK. If you want to improve your strength or even start from scratch, there could be a course for you! Read on to find out what’s available. 1. […]

Women are the experts on women’s health and lifestyle

» by April 21st, 2013 at 9:52 pm » Comments (10)

Yesterday I attended a women’s health and lifestyle conference organised by All the presenters I saw were women, speaking on a variety of topics, from nutrition to hormones to fitness marketing. It was inspiring to hear so much great information, practical advice and real life experiences from women in the health and fitness business. People […]

10 bodyweight strength goals for women

» by July 17th, 2012 at 10:48 am » Comments (21)

There’s something magical about being able to chuck your own bodyweight or its equivalent around in a variety of ways! It makes you feel strong, able, agile and athletic. If you can push, pull and otherwise move your body around, you’re self sufficient in movement. So if you are looking for a goal or you just […]

More WonderBar! workshops announced

» by June 12th, 2012 at 2:55 pm » Comments (1)

Due to the great success of the first WonderBar women’s strength training workshop, we now have three more dates in the diary – and three different workshops for you to expand your strength skills! For those of you who missed the last one, WonderBar is a joint venture between my Gubernatrix/Ladies Who Lift projects and Crossfit London. […]

WonderBar! Strength training masterclass for women

» by April 25th, 2012 at 10:16 pm » Comments (4)

WonderBar! is a women-only masterclass on real strength training – by women, for women. I’ve been asked to help instruct the afternoon, along with female trainers from Crossfit London. I can’t wait to meet a new host of women wanting to get into strength training! The class is on Saturday 19th May in London. This […]

Women’s lifting – will it ever really take off?

» by February 27th, 2012 at 1:51 pm » Comments (37)

Women’s weight training, present and future. A look at recent progress and what still needs to change in order to get more women enjoying weight training.

10 good reasons why women should stay away from weights

» by January 20th, 2012 at 10:00 pm » Comments (154)

1. You might break a nail. 2. You could even bruise a male ego or two. 3. You’ll eat properly and still be able to lose fat. Work of the devil! 4. You’ll look more like an athlete and less like a runway model. Skeletal is sexy, right? 5. You’ll be able to lift heavy things […]

Review: Weight Training for Women: A Beginner’s Guide

» by November 16th, 2011 at 11:50 pm » Comments (3)

Review of Weight Training for Women: A Beginner’s Guide. A small but useful book covering everything you need to know to get started with weight training either at home or in the gym.

Pre-natal strength training

» by July 22nd, 2011 at 10:05 pm » Comments (9)

This is a guest post by strength & conditioning coach Phil Nourse. Phil is a certified weightlifting coach by both BWLA and USAW. And he recently became a dad. Gubernatrix stated in her manifesto that “I am more than ever convinced that there is a great need for support for women to get involved, break […]

Ladies Who Lift (and men who lift too)

» by May 2nd, 2011 at 10:24 pm » Comments (6)

It has been crazy busy over here at gubernatrix HQ and I apologise for the lack of posts in April. Hopefully you were too busy enjoying the unseasonably warm weather to mind! Anyway, let me bring you up to date with a couple of exciting projects. First up: Ladies Who Lift: the 6-week beginners weight […]