Laura Williams, MS


After earning her bachelor's degree in exercise science in 2003, Laura started a career in fitness management, moving four times to take on progressively more challenging positions. In her final fitness management role, she worked as the director of programs to open a 95,000-square-foot recreation center. As DP, she managed a 140-person team that instructed clients in sports, fitness, recreation, camps, and aquatics.

In 2010, Williams completed her master's degree in exercise science. While in school, Williams launched Girls Gone Sporty as a one-stop information shop for women interested in fitness, nutrition, and lifestyle content. Williams is also a freelance writer for popular fitness websites sites including LiveStrong, Men's Journal, Thrillist, Verywell, and

In 2011, Williams received her master's degree and continued freelancing. In 2016, her first nationally published book, "Partner Workouts" was released by DK Books. In 2017, she accepted a full-time exercise science instructor position at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Texas. She continues to freelance for major online publications.



  • 7 Outstanding Meal-Prep Recipes

    Meal prep recipes vary based on fitness goals and food preferences, but if you're looking for solutions that take you from morning to night, you can't beat these breakfast, lunch, and dinner basics.

  • Why To Meal Prep, And Where To Start

    Ready to kill your next fitness goal? The answer may not be in the gym, but in the kitchen. Meal prepping can set you up for success. Here's how to do it!

  • The Ultimate Muscle-Building, Fat-Burning…Pancake?

    Is it possible to make your standard protein-powder pancake even better for you? New research indicates specially made "super pancakes" may help burn more fat, plus a whole lot more.

  • 4 Unusual Gym Tools To Build Serious Grip Strength

    Some of the best tools for developing hand, finger, and forearm strength have been around for centuries. Here are four old-school tools you need to try!

  • Hack Constant Hunger With These Simple Tricks!

    Stop being a slave to your stomach. With a few simple tricks, you can rein in your appetite and get on the fast track to your best body ever.

  • The Ultimate 10-Minute Jump-Rope Workout

    If you haven't picked up a jump rope since elementary school, it's time to grab one and try again.

  • ER Doctors Share 5 Fitness-Injury Horror Stories

    Every year there are upward of half a million gym-related injuries treated in emergency rooms. Direct from the ER docs who treated them, here are some of the gnarliest.

  • The 5 Best Suspension-Trainer Moves For Legs

    Who says a squat rack is the only way to train legs? Build real-world strength, iron out imbalances, and seriously challenge your core with these lower-body moves!

  • Everything You Know About Warming Up Is Wrong

    Static stretching and basic cardio are out. Dynamic stretching and workout-specific exercises are in. Use these tips to make the most of your next warm-up session.

  • NFL Pro Bowler Brian Orakpo's Upper-Body Workout

    A Herculean upper body is a job requirement for Tennessee Titan linebacker Brian Orakpo. But Brian doesn't spend all his time "clangin' and bangin'" at the gym. Check out his surprising outdoor upper-body routine.

  • How Ne-Yo's Trainer Puts The Performer Through His Paces

    Ne-Yo doesn't just kill it onstage, he kills it in the gym, too. Find out how this star's trainer puts him through the paces to keep him fit and flexible.

  • Everything You Know About Cooling Down Is Wrong

    Forget everything you thought you knew about cooling down. Recent research indicates it's less about reducing muscle soreness and more about kicking off your recovery.

  • The Lifter's Guide To Stretching

    If you're still performing the quick series of pre-workout stretches you learned in elementary school, your flexibility routine is past due for an overhaul. Here's what you need to know.

  • Can Cold Vests Really Burn Fat?

    Cold exposure, ranging from cryotherapy to ice baths, is trending in the weight-loss world, but what if something a little less brutal could deliver the same metabolism-boosting benefits?

  • Training Outdoors: What You Need To Know To Prevent Disaster

    Leaving the predictable, temperature-controlled gym to do outdoor workouts can feel like entering a booby-trapped world of heat stroke and ankle sprains. But getting out doesn't have to mean getting in trouble. Here's what you need to know.

  • 6 High-Protein Snacks For Your Summer Road Trip

    It's not just your car that deserves high-performance fuel when you hit the road to adventure. This summer, skip the gas station beef jerky and whip up your own protein-packed snacks.

  • Are DNA-Based Hyper-Personalized Meal Plans Right For You?

    Dieting is no fun and rarely brings lasting results. There must be a better way! Emerging companies think that hyper-personalized meal plans might just be the key to good health.

  • The Bleacher Workout That Will Torch Your Legs And Lungs

    This antigravity workout isn't for the faint of heart. But, if you're ready to take your training to the next level, why not get there by taking the stairs?

  • The 4 Best Exercises To Work Hips

    When it comes to building a lower body as strong and capable as it looks, the hips don't lie. But, the idea that machines are the best way to work them? Yup, that's a lie. Here's what to do instead.