Finding True Strength with Laura Lindahl – The Fed and Fearless Podcast Episode 61

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Many Christian women feel frustrated, upset, and disappointed when looking in the mirror. This is because we often place our sense of worthiness in the wrong place. Today’s guest works hard to help others find their true place of worthiness by combining fitness and faith.



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About Laura Lindahl

Laura is a Nationally Certified Exercise Physiologist, Eat to Perform Nutrition Coach, wife, dog mom, Enneagram Three, and avid lover of Jesus. After graduating with a degree in Exercise Science and spending years in the fitness industry, she started to realize all the negative effects that fitness can have on a woman’s view of her body and her faith. She saw bodies shamed, relationships hurt, and faith neglected all in the name of being fit. That’s when Laura founded the True Strength Collective. The True Strength Method guides women on a journey to identify what limiting beliefs they have about their body and faith so they can finally find freedom from body pressures, knowledge to confidently build strength, and unshakable faith. Laura’s clients train smarter not harder, find peace in their true identity, and best of all can see their body in the mirror with confidence.


The True Source of Self-Worth

Laura is all too familiar with the lies frequently told within the fitness industry. She explains how all these stem from the false notion that your worthiness is rooted in your body. By believing that you can fix yourself by following some societal prescribed fitness regime, too many people devalue their own worthiness. Laura tells us that no matter how well we try to fill this gap, we’ll come up short. A true sense of worthiness should be rooted in our faith in God and who He says he is.

Working out until you are a puddle of sweat on the floor; cutting every carb out of your life; spending all your free time at the gym – these may sound like achievements, but they are simply idols being pursued. The idols that we create to find a sense of peace and wellbeing never last. And they typically make us feel worse in the end. Laura explains how freeing your emotional and physical wellbeing from these idols and rooting them in God leads us to what we’ve actually been after all along.


Overcoming Common Fitness Fears

When in the gym, Laura wants women to stop fearing heavy weights. Becoming bigger and stronger is not a bad thing. And even though it’s a common fear, few women actually get “bulky” from lifting heavy. Instead, they get stronger and healthier. Also, eating less and trying to burn fat with cardio often leads to a host of new health problems. That’s why Laura teaches her clients to eat more of the right foods and to use exercise to build strength.

What health idols do you have in your life? How can you ditch them? Leave a comment below! 


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  • When a passion for fitness combines with faith [6:10]
  • The root of the lies told in the fitness industry [12:38]
  • How idolatry exists in fitness and health [17:00]
  • Common mistakes many women make in the gym [31:00]
  • Why so many Christian women struggle with perfectionism and exercise [41:56]
  • Putting emphasis on effort, not results [50:00]



“God gives us acceptance. God gives us success. God gives us contentment. God gives us peace. And when we’re looking for those things in something other than God, that’s an idol.”[18:25]

“Becoming bulky is not bad. If you change to become bigger and stronger, it’s not a bad thing.” [33:28]

“Eating less and doing cardio is not the way to burn fat. The way to burn fat is by changing your body composition overall. That’s by improving muscle, eating more food, getting enough rest.” [37:05]

“To overcome the pressures and burdens of the perfectionist mindset we need to first accept our innate brokenness.” [45:57]



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