Is TUFF GIRL for me?

You do not have to be an athlete or be “in shape” to train at Tuff Girl. It’s OK if you’ve never even picked up a weight before in your life. We LOVE coaching women at the start of their journey! We do ask that you show up and treat everyone you meet with kindness and respect. We do ask that you give whatever you have on that given day, and have some fun in the process. We do ask that you trust us and take our advice. (We want to safely help you become even more awesome. Sounds good, right?)

If you have injuries that limit your range of motion or certain medical conditions, we might not be the best place for you to train. Feel free to send an email to if you think that might be you.

How old do I have to be to train at Tuff Girl?

You must be 14 years or older to participate in our group training.

Do I have to start with an intro class?

No, but you are welcome to start there if that makes you feel more comfortable. In our TUFF 101 introductory classes you will learn the basic movements we perform in our group classes. You will be in a group of five new athletes (or less) and spend one hour working with one of our amazing coaches. You will have the opportunity to ask lots of questions, take breaks whenever you need them, and work at your own pace. We will also be able to suggest modifications for any movements that give you trouble. 

What can I expect during a training session?

Encouragement (we love to give hi-fives!), positivity (we love to build you up!), education (we hope you learn something!) and lot of fun (we love to laugh, dance, and we rarely take ourselves seriously). We also hope to provide an opportunity for you to realize that you are strong, powerful and capable.

Every coach performs the same movement prep at the start of class. This movement prep includes breathing, rocking, crawling, and other things to prepare for the awesomeness that is to come. The coach will then review the training for the day and explain the movements. Then, you will form magical teams to soar and crush through the 25-40 minute training. Every class finishes with a cool-down, dance session and applause. (Just kidding about the dance sessions. Although we do dance from time to time.)

How long are classes?

You can plan on being with us for a total of sixty incredible minutes. (Many tell us it's the best hour of their day. Not kidding.)

How many clients are in a class?

Usually between 10-20 amazing humans. Some classes can get as large 30, but that is not typical. Please pre-register for every class to ensure there is room for your awesome self. (Thanks a bunch for doing that!

Do you offer any discounts?

Sure do! We offer a 15% college discount. Please email to set up a plan with our student discount.

What is your schedule?

We offer so many classes (about 100 per week!) so it would be confusing to list them all here. To see our full schedule, go HERE

What do I need to bring?

An amazing attitude for starters. Electrolyte enhanced water and super drying towels are not necessary, but welcome if you want to bring them. But for real, please bring water (we sell it if you need some, must stay hydrated!), and please make sure your shoes are clean, dry and have no dirt (or other dirty things) on them. We work so hard to keep our gym clean, and no one likes to plank in poo. We suggest training in flat soled training shoes, not in running sneakers or any sneakers that have a lifted heel as they can make lifting those heavy weights tricky. You are welcome to train barefoot or in socks if that is what you prefer.

Where does training take place?

Our amazing facility can be can be found in the Wilbur Cross Commons Business Park behind the Bed Bath and Beyond/CVS plaza off Dixwell Ave. Our address is 60 Connolly Parkway, #6A, Hamden, CT. We are the driveway after the CVS plaza on your left if you are coming from Dixwell Ave. We are located half way down on the left once you enter the business park. 

Can I train at Tuff Girl if I’m pregnant?

Yes! Current research suggests strength training during pregnancy is safe for most women when done correctly, even if you are not currently strength training. We also offer custom prenatal and postpartum training programs at no additional charge to any current member.