Meet our Strong Women Collective: experts who separate fact from fiction when it comes to strength training, medicine, psychology and nutrition.
We all want to take care of ourselves, but with so much conflicting information around health and fitness, it’s hard to separate fact from fiction – and to know what actually works. Whether it’s how often we should be doing HIIT vs strength training, the amount of reps we should be doing to get stronger, how to get rid of bloating or whether we should train in the morning or in the evening – it seems that everything we read or watch is contradicted by an opposing argument.
Obviously, this can be frustrating, confusing and even dangerous – a risk that you shouldn’t be taking when it comes to your physical and mental health. That’s why it’s important to us at Strong Women that everything we present to our audience is backed by credible research, official studies and hard science.
We sought out the best certified experts in the health and fitness industry to provide their knowledge, insightful tips, useful advice and share their experiences – and formed these 14 female experts into our Strong Women Collective.
It was important to us that we collaborate with women who share the same values and beliefs on body image and what it means to be healthy. Much like Strong Women, these inspirational women have never endorsed the pursuit of one body shape, are openly anti-diet, believe there is no one-size-fits-all approach to health and fitness, and promote balance, moderation and self care. They are brilliant, fun, relatable and inspiring – and we couldn’t be more proud to include them in our collective.
Meet the team who is helping to support our mission to make every woman stronger tomorrow than they are today.
Adrienne is a marathon runner, personal trainer, motivational speaker and host of the Power Hour podcast, which advocates dedicating 60 minutes of your day to smashing your goals. Over the last few years, her love for running has seen her complete 19 road races in different countries.
A trainer at Third Space and Reset London, Emma has been with Strong Women since the very beginning – teaching classes at our studio, live workouts on our @StrongWomenUK Instagram handle and providing expert quotes for our articles.
Alice has also been with Strong Women from the very beginning – teaching classes at our studio, live workouts on our Instagram and providing expert quotes for our articles. She’s a strength-first PT at GymBox Bank and Reebok CrossFit Thames in Canary Wharf, and also coaches at CrossFit 1864.
A trainer at Jab Box, Esmée mixes boxing and high intensity styles of training with her passion for the mental health benefits of movement.
Dr Zoe Williams
You’ll recognise Dr Zoe Williams for being the go-to doctor on This Morning. She is an NHS GP working with Public Health England as a clinical champion for physical activity and sport as medicine. She is also the founder of Fit4Life – an organisation that delivers workshops to children to inspire, educate and motive them to lead healthier lives.
Dr Shireen is a GP who focuses on supporting patients’ mental health, as much as their physical health, for a holistic approach to wellbeing.
Kimberley is a chartered psychologist with a focus on mental health and evidence-based nutrition. Her Instagram @foodandpsych is a one stop shop for learning about how what we eat can impact our mood.
Annie is a yoga teacher who applies the principles of yoga to our modern day lifestyles. She’s an expert yogi who understands the physiological and psychological impact of the practice.
Laura Thomas PhD
Renee is a sports and eating disorder dietitian with over 20 years of experience in clinical and performance nutrition. She’s also the founder of En:Spire clinic, helping female athletes to have a more positive relationship with food.
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