The Elephant in the Gym: Your Body-Positive Guide to Writing Your Own Health and Fitness Story by Gillian GoerzenThe Elephant in the Gym: Your Body-Positive Guide to Writing Your Own Health and Fitness Story by Gillian Goerzen

The Elephant in the Gym: Your Body-Positive Guide to Writing Your Own Health and Fitness Story

byGillian Goerzen

Paperback | October 5, 2018

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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. It sounds exciting, but the real message you’re getting is this: your body doesn’t measure up - in fact, you don’t either - so you better do something about it…and quick! 

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.

Title:The Elephant in the Gym: Your Body-Positive Guide to Writing Your Own Health and Fitness StoryFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:202 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.46 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 0.46 inPublished:October 5, 2018Publisher:Winchelsea MediaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:199940890X

ISBN - 13:9781999408909


Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Naming the Elephant 

Chapter 2: The Elephant in Your Head

Chapter 3: I Think You Can; Do You?

Chapter 4: The Words that Shape Your World

Chapter 5: Rewire Your Brain

Chapter 6: Health and Fitness Are Not Married

Chapter 7: Flying the White Flag and Ending Your Battle with Food

Chapter 8: Your Health Lies Between the Sheets

Chapter 9: A Winning Practice (Designed for You)

Chapter 10: Don’t Set Goals - Define Your Practice

Editorial Reviews

"I just finished going through the Elephant in the Gym and wanted to thank Gillian for writing it. It is a spectacular, and important, piece of work, start-to-finish. It is going to help a ton of people.”-Jonathan Goodman, Founder of Personal Trainer Development Center ( and"Packed with research and sound advice, The Elephant in the Gym is the whistler-blower the fitness industry needs."-Louise Green, Author of Big Fit Girl 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! It is a pleasure to call her a dear colleague and friend!Patricia Chuey, MSc., RD, FDC@patriciachuey"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 of Beauty Sick