8 Trailblazing Women in Fitness


Although women make up a higher percentage of the workforce in the fitness world, I think it is safe to say that they are the minority when it comes to sitting at the forefront of the industry. There is a definite lack of female leaders in our field, but the real question is why?

Now by no means am I saying that woman aren’t doing an amazing job in the fitness industry, or hustling just as hard as their male counterpart. This is just an observation of what I see, but I would love to hear what you think!

There are definitely a number of woman out there kicking butt and taking names and this is not an exhaustive list. But here are just a couple of the ladies I think are trailblazers the fitness industry.

Sherri McMillan

Sherri-McMillanSherri has been a leader in the fitness industry for years now. She has spoke all over the world to trainers and received prestigious awards from CanFitPro, IDEA and ACE to name a few. She’s the owner of 2 fitness studio’s that generate 7 figures, as well as starting Northwest Fitness Education which helps fitness professionals with their business.

It seems like no matter what conference you go to, Sherri is their, so how could she not be on this list! Be sure to check out her blog at www.businessofpt.com and if you are at one of the many conferences she speaks at, make sure to check out at least one of her sessions.

Jen Sinkler

jen-sinklerJen is a contributor for both Men’s and Women’s Health magazine who has a great message to share, which I think a lot of fitness professionals could learn from. She does a great job of being real and showing that it’s ok to lift and get calluses.

For anyone that’s struggling with how to speak to women who workout (nudge…nudge guys!) I highly suggest you start reading Jen’s blog on a regular basis.


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Rachel Cosgrove

rachel-cosgroveIf you don’t know who Rachel is, you’ve obviously been living under a rock for the past 5 years (possibly 10!). Not only has she started up the highly successful Results Fitness with her husband Alwyn, but she’s also started Results Fitness University, which helps trainers build their business.

Rachel is a published author of two books (The Female Body Breakthrough & Drop 2 Sizes), won the IDEA personal trainer of the year in 2012, has been published in numerous magazines, and is a regular on the Perform Better tour. She’s got a lot of great information to share, and extremely down to earth and humble.

You can see more of Rachel at www.rachelcosgrove.com or www.resultsfitnessuniversity.com.

Emily Splichal

emily-splichalDr Emily is a podiatrist and the founder of the Evidence Based Fitness Academy. Not only does she teach other fitness professionals about the benefits of barefoot training at numerous events (I’ve even heard she’ll be on the Perform Better Tour), but she’s also been on Oprah!

Emily is quickly becoming one of the more in demand speakers around. And if you look at what she’s created over the past few years you’ll see she’s quite the business women as well. If you want to see how to carve out a niche in the industry, Emily is an amazing example of this.

Be sure to head over to her site www.evidencebasedfitnessacademy.com/

Trina Gray

trina-grayTrina has a super successful gym, Bay Athletic Club, in the booming town (sarcasm!) of Alpena, MI , as well as being a very in demand fitness business coach and speaker. She’s been the IDEA Program Director of the Year, created the ground-breaking Corporate Fit Challenge, and speaks at a number of fitness related events.

Trina is a go-getter who is an inspiration to what you can accomplish if you put your mind to it. And is definitely one of the ladies who is raising the bar on the entire industry.

Check out Trina at www.trinagray.com.

Girls Gone Strong

girls-gone-strongGirls Gone Strong is comprised of Neghar Fonooni, Molly Galbraith and Alli McKee and their mission is to educate and inspire women of all ages to maximize the strength of their body, mind and character.

I think for too long women have been convinced that they should not be strong or pick up anything that weighs more than their handbag, so Girls Gone Strong are a breath of fresh air. And with a Facebook fan page of almost 54,000 fans I’d say they are spreading their message loud and clear.

Their excellence blog is www.girlsgonestrong.com

Well that wraps it up but I would love to hear what other women that you think are leading the charge below in the comments section!