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Big Fit Girl

Embrace the Body You Have

Regular price $22.95 CAD
  • ISBN: 9781771642125
  • Tags: Health & Wellness, Jes Baker, Jess Weiner, Louise Green, Sports & Recreation,
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5
  • Published On: 3/18/2017
  • 248 Pages
  • ISBN: 9781771642132
  • Tags: Health & Wellness, Jes Baker, Jess Weiner, Louise Green, Sports & Recreation,

An inspiring account of how plus-size women can become fit and healthy.

In this kick-ass call to arms, Louise Green describes how the fitness industry fails to meet the needs of plus-size women and thus prevents them from improving their health. By sharing her own story of how she stopped dieting, got off the couch, and got fit, Green inspires other plus-size women to do the same. She provides concrete advice about how to get started, how to establish a support team, how to choose an activity, how to set goals, what kind of clothing and gear work best for the plus-size athlete, and how to improve one’s relationship with food. She also showcases similar stories from other women.

Louise Green is a plus-size athlete, a personal trainer, and the founder of Body Exchange, a plus-size fitness boot camp with seven locations in Canada. She has written for numerous publications, including the Wall Street Journal, the Daily Mail, Glamour, and the Huffington Post, among others. She lives in North Vancouver, B.C.

Jess Weiner is the author of A Very Hungry Girl and Life Doesn’t Begin 5 Pounds from Now. She has also served as Dove’s Global Self-Esteem Ambassador for the past decade. She lives in Los Angeles, California.


"[A]n inspiring and useful book for women who see their size as an impediment to getting fit and healthy ... an important rallying cry for big women to step forward, get noticed, and prove that they don’t have to be thin to succeed—athletically or in any other way."
Publishers Weekly

"I'm thrilled to live in a world where Big Fit Girl will be a part of the Health section. Thank you Louise—it’s time for every person of every size to have access to this information!”
Jes Baker, Author of Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls

“Finally—A fitness book for the rest of us! Louise Green is the fitness hero of my dreams, and this book is sure to usher in a new generation of tough, curvy athletes!”
Jessamyn Stanley, Yoga Teacher and Author of EveryBody Yoga: Let Go Of Fear. Get On The Mat. Love Your Body.

“Louise Green tells it like it is: the fitness industry does not meet the needs of plus-size women, but that should not stop you from getting fit—in the body you have. Inspiring and empowering.”
Taryn Brumfitt, founder of the Body Image Movement, and author of Embrace

“An inspirational celebration of larger bodies, Big Fit Girl impressed me tremendously. Green combines compelling storytelling with practical tips, true to what we know about science, in a unique way that will get you moving!”
Linda Bacon, PhD, scientist, and author of Body Respect


From the Introduction: Finding My Way to Limitless

Through my own story, personal profiles of other big fit girls, and tips for how to live an athletic life, I hope to inspire you to stop feeling that success is only possible when you are thin, to embrace the body you are in, and to make your fitness goals a reality—to be seen more, to sweat more, and to conquer more.

Here some of the things you will find in this book:

1. Real women living their athletic dreams: Stories of women changing their lives dramatically, creating a limitless way of life, and achieving their athletic goals.

2. Body politics: A look at the fundamental social and psychological reasons why people struggle to make fitness a part of their daily lives. Knowledge is power; you’ll get that here!

3. Practical fitness advice: Practical fitness and body love tips geared toward the plus-size woman. It’s about time someone wrote something just for us big fit girls.

4. Inspirational messages from leading plus-size women: Advice from plus-size Olympians, fitness professionals, tv personalities, bloggers, and fitness enthusiasts.

5. A cultural education: An examination of Western cultural ideals and how they affect the choice to be limitless or limited in our lives.

6. Fitness gear talk: An extensive list of the best fitness gear for plus-size athletes that includes advice on where to get it so that you can live your athletic dreams in comfort and with confidence.

7. Recipe for an active lifestyle, long term: Advice on how to stop jumping on and off the wagon and make fitness a lifestyle for good.

8. Nutrition talk, not diet talk: A discussion on how to nurture your body for your best athletic performance without measuring, counting points, or restricting what you eat—just healthy food in abundance. Food is not the enemy!

9. How to find the right fitness professional: An introduction to the art of finding the right people to help you stay fit for the long term.

10. A 5k training plan for plus-size athletes: A practical and doable plan for your busy life. After training thousands of plus-size women, I know what works and what doesn’t. The 5k distance is a great place to start. The plan is easy to follow, you can either walk or learn to run the distance, it’s free, and training can be done at any time of the day. The accomplishment is extremely measurable and will give you the inspiration and confidence to continue in your fitness journey.

11. A fitness glossary: The language, terminology, and nonverbal cues that come with many fitness environments can often leave you feeling like a fish out of water. I’ve outlined all you need to know so that you never have to feel lost as you work to achieve your athletic goals.