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In today’s episode of The Daily Sweat Podcast, Ariana chats with Courtney Gilmour, a rising Toronto stand-up comedian. During this conversation, they talk about overcoming obstacles and the changes that need to be made in the current fitness landscape. 

Key Points of Discussion 

  • How Courtney shifted from an office job to comedy
  • Cultivating positive energy in life, even in the face of obstacles
  • Courtney’s experience as an amputee and the role her family played
  • The rise in dialogue around mental health
  • How Courtney incorporates movement in her life, even while on the road
  • Advice for when you’re feeling intimidated going to the gym
  • Brainstorming how to make fitness spaces more accessible
  • The importance of being open to trial and error
  • Tools to overcome mental or physical obstacles
  • Paying attention to your self talk

Notable Quotables 

“I would lap up as much as I could in terms of books, movies, documentaries..anything that was focused on happiness, I just really wanted to find a way to make that the central theme of my life.”

“You’re the one who is cheering yourself on and that’s all that matters.”

“It just takes someone to open up that dialogue with you.”

“It didn’t matter that a certain exercise didn’t work out, it mattered that she wanted to make it work for me.”

“I fully understood how powerful your thoughts are when completing something physical.”

“Asking for help does not say anything about your independence…realistically everyone needs help from time to time.”

“Once you realize you beat yourself up all the time, changing the narrative in your head makes a huge difference.”

Resources Mentioned:


You Are a Badass – Jen Sincero

Connect with Courtney



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