Is your training in sync with your cycle?

It is commonly known that women’s hormones fluctuate throughout the month during the menstrual cycle. These hormones are partly responsible for the creation and breakdown of muscle, regulating energy levels, mood swings and sleep function so if there are peaks and troughs throughout the month wouldn’t it make sense for your training performance to follow suit? Guidelines for progression and structure of monthly training are largely based on men, who have a very different hormonal profile to women; therefore the guidance may not be specific enough to women. The two hormones that vary most throughout the cycle are oestrogen and progesterone. Some authors have suggested that you should structur

The Female Triad - Is your training damaging your body?

The female triad is not a gang of ninja women! It can be a serious consequence of overtraining, so how do you know if it's affecting you? Some questions to ask yourself that might mean your current routine could be damaging your body: Do you feel pressure to lose weight to improve performance even if you have a healthy BMI? Do you see certain foods as forbidden? Would you train even when sick or injured? Do you still train when you’re exhausted? Have you been experiencing irregular periods where you miss more than a month? Have you had a stress fracture? If you answered yes to any of these questions you may be at risk of developing the female triad. The female triad is a syndrome first descr

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