Everywhere you look, the messages are there.

10 days to drop 20 pounds.

Gluten is making you fat.

12 minutes a day can get you a bikini-ready body by summer.

What if the solution isn’t a new diet or another fitness program?

In The Elephant in the Gym, award winning Personal Trainer and Health Coach Gillian Goerzen gives you a healthy and kind way to approach your fitness and well-being. Grounded in science, self-compassion and Goerzen’s personal journey through the ‘body hatred battleground,’ you’ll learn to ditch the diet, reclaim an empowered relationship with your body, and become healthier as a result.

With The Elephant in the Gym, you’ll discover:

  • No gym membership is required to be fit.
  • Why traditional goal-setting is tripping you up.
  • The one thing you need to set the foundation for success.
  • What you can do to get started today.
  • Practical strategies, tools and tips to help you be fit and healthy – for life!

Deeply personal, backed by detailed studies and real-life stories, you’ll design a lifestyle fit for you and no one else (it’s not one size fits all – and it never should be). The Elephant in the Gym takes your eyes off of the scale and puts the power of creating a healthy life in your hands.

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Meet Gillian Goerzen

Health and Fitness Coach Gillian Goerzen wants you to ditch your diet and quit doing workouts you dread. With a degree in Kinesiology and over 20 years of health coaching experience, Gillian’s personalized lifestyle strategies have helped hundreds of clients redefine what fitness means to them, and get lasting results they never dreamed possible – free from diets, programs, systems, pills and products. From hating her body at the age of 5, it took more than 20 years, an eating disorder, an Ironman, and becoming a mom to finally uncover the kinder, more compassionate approach to health and fitness that she teaches today.

Gillian lives on Vancouver Island with her husband Mike and two children Connor and Chase. She teaches running clinics, fitness and yoga locally in her hometown of Nanaimo, BC and coaches clients from all over North America through her business Super You.

Early Praise for The Elephant in the Gym

Goerzen provides a realistic and compassionate set of strategies for anyone looking to take better care of their body in a shame-free way.

Renee Engeln (PhD)

Author and Body Image Researcher, Northwestern University

Packed with research and sound advice, The Elephant in the Gym is the whistle-blower the fitness industry needs.

Louise Green

Author and Activist

If you’re looking for the REAL deal – real and actually doable guidance for a real healthy life from a real expert and genuinely really nice person – this is the book! Gillian radiates joy and an unending passion for supporting everyone in feeling great about themselves right now. She clearly understands that this is the key first step in making all of your healthy goals a reality. If you want to feel better, spend some time with Gillian. And, in the meantime, enjoy her inspiring book!

Patricia Chuey (MSc., RD, FDC)

Dietitian and Author

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Q&A with Gillian…

Why did you write The Elephant in the Gym?

I often say I felt called to write this book. I am so passionate about helping people find their own way to be healthy and fit. The fitness and diet industries have really done a number on us – and I’m tired of it. Because we don’t have to feel this way. My coaching philosophy was informed by my own experiences and inspired by my education and professional experience – this book grew from that. I want to change the industry… but more importantly, I want to help individuals bring kindness and compassion to their pursuit of health and fitness!

What might people be surprised to know about you?

I’m not a natural athlete. Growing up I was that chubby girl in PE who was always picked last. Finding running when I was 19 years old was a game changer for me. Finding self-compassion and kindness took a bit longer. But it has absolutely transformed me. That, and I’m a total geek. I love reading research papers (for fun!). Exploring new ideas and learning excites me. I’m constantly listening to podcasts and audiobooks and have an insatiable appetite for knowledge (and chocolate)! From positive psychology, to neuroscience and biomechanics I love learning how the body and mind work. And the coolest part? Not only can I apply everything I learn on myself (hello, super cool science experiment!), but I can use the information I learn to help my clients!

What is your perfect day?

It would start off with either a trail run or maybe a mountain bike ride (my newest passion) with friends. Anything active in nature with friends makes my heart happy. And of course, followed by brunch at a place with delicious food and coffee (I love coffee!). Then after a quick shower and clean up I’d spend the afternoon with my family doing something active or fun. Either a game of mini-golf or a hike if the weather is nice, or board games and hot chocolate if it’s rainy. Then we’d make some homemade pizza and watch a movie snuggled on the couch. Nature, activity, connection, great food. That sums up my version of perfection!

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