GGS Spotlight: Claire Thomson

Name: Claire Thomson
Age: 25
Location: Nashville, TN

What does being a Girl Gone Strong mean to you?
Being a Girl Gone Strong means knowing who you are, what you offer the world and living that out. While the world may be interested in shrinking women physically and emotionally, a Girl Gone Strong knows her worth and value.

How long have you been strength training, and how did you get started?
I have been strength training for three years! After running a half marathon, I wanted to start strength training. I joined a gym and did the few exercises I knew of — bent-over rows, bicep curls, bodyweight squats…. When the gym was really busy, I would walk straight to the cardio deck and go for a run even though I wanted to lift weights.

One Sunday afternoon, I was doing my millionth set of Russian twists, a man approached me and asked if I had ever worked with kettlebells. I hadn’t, and despite sitting in front a rack full of them, I wasn’t even sure what they were. He patiently taught me how to deadlift and my love of kettlebells grew.

What does your typical workout look like?
I do a couple stretches and never miss doing a side plank and plank before lifting. I’ve been training for the StrongFirst Bodyweight certification this year, so recently my training sessions have been utilizing kettlebells, pull-ups and push-ups.

Favorite lift: 
Kettlebell swings