She is a Crossfit and Weightlifting Coach rocking a sweet IG feed, a website full of amazingness and a kickass podcast. She loves fashion, food, and travel too, and is passionate about helping other women live the life they want. She is inspiring, encouraging and honest AF.... and we love that.
We are excited to introduce you to this week's #wcw, Taylor Gage. And don't forget to scope out those lashes.
Get connected with Taylor! (seriously, she's amazing!)
What do you do?
I am a heath coach, CrossFit + USAW coach, blogger, portrait photographer, and podcaster.
What else do you do?
I help women tap into their own strength, face their fears and live a big, bold life.
How do you define the word 'strength'?
Strength to me is doing what needs to be done. Sometimes that's finding your physical prowess, sometimes it's saying no to the invite and spending time alone, sometimes it's speaking up when it's tough, sometimes it's asking for help. It's not always forging ahead and getting loud-- sometimes it's slowing down and turning inward. Strength is recognizing what you need most in any given moment or season of life, and then giving yourself what you need.
How did you discover your passion?
I stepped into a CrossFit gym on a Groupon 6 years ago and it changed everything. I became completely obsessed, in the best way, and was having so much fun with it.
Soon, people were asking me what I was doing, and coming to me for advice, and so the blog was born as a way to share what I knew or what I was learning. It's grown from just fitness and food to a much broader reaching selection of topics, but they all center around taking the reigns, finding strength (as defined above) and realizing you hold the power to craft the life you want. And I'm here to help you do that.
How do you incorporate movement into your daily lifestyle?
It's been 6 years and there's no sign of my interest in CrossFit dying down any time soon! I coach and train at a nearby gym and will continue to do so for a while, because I love it. If I can't make it to the gym, I'll often go for a walk or simply take the day off. I'm a firm believer in rest being a PART of the journey, not a break from the journey.
Where would be a good starting point for someone who is looking to add more movements into their life like what you do?
Go drop into a CrossFit gym! It can be very intimidating at first, so showing up with a friend is always a great way to make that first time less scary and more fun. But once you're in, I think you'll realize how welcoming, warm, and inclusive most CrossFit gyms really are.
There are so many different ages, experience levels, and body types in there, all modifying where needed and having a blast! You do not need to get in shape to start. You just need to show up.
Does movement increase your self-confidence? If yes, how?
It does, yes. Both in the sense of how being able to feel physically strong and capable translates to other areas of my life, but also because the endorphins just plain old make me feel GOOD. And when I've got that combo working for me, it feels like there's nothing I can't do.
What motivates the crap out of you?
In business, I always think of the line, "I didn't come this far to only go this far": it helps me both feel proud of the work I've done already, and lights a fire under my ass to tackle more. I also live by the idea that "done is better than perfect", and just putting something out there is better than planning, thinking, and fretting. In fitness, I'm motivated by by own desire to feel GOOD. It's enough to keep me coming back for more and keeps me balanced and happy.
How do you define 'fitness'?
Fitness to me is not about setting PRs, winning every workout, or even about the results. Fitness is practicing any kind of movement that allows you to get in touch with your physicality, be fully present in your body, and that brings you happiness. It should make you feel however you WANT to feel (sexy, strong, powerful, graceful, fast), and it should be FUN.
Where do you see the future of the fitness?
Fitness and all the flavors it comes in is so popular right now, it's hard to imagine where it will be in the future! But I think one thing's for sure: movement is the movement. Excited to see it continue to grow!
Anything else you'd like to share with us?
I'd say to simply not buy into the all-hustle-all-the-time mentality, and to understand that taking a day, a week, a month, or even a year away from the gym is more than ok. Rest, explore different activities, build a full life, collect new and fun experiences, and understand that these things move in seasons and cycles. The gym can be great and important, but it's not everything. It will always be there-- don't forget to actually LIVE your life while you're here.