Navigating Hormonal Health in Women from Youth through Menopause: Why ‘Women Are Not Small Men’ with Dr Stacy Sims
Episode 23: Show Notes.
If you’ve ever been frustrated by the fact that the same training methods that work for men simply do not work for women, then this episode is for you! Today, we are joined by Dr. Stacy Sims, an applied researcher, innovator, and entrepreneur in human performance, specifically the sex differences in training, nutrition, and environmental conditions. When studying nutrition, science, and exercise physiology, Dr. Sims became increasingly frustrated that proven physiological protocols and methodologies were based on male data and were not applicable to women. This led her to becoming an expert in this field, coining the phrase ‘women are not small men’, and writing the book, ROAR. Today, she joins us to discuss how we as women should be training our bodies, fueling our bodies, and factoring in our hormones to maximize our performance potential. Hear about how, as women, our cycles influence our physical abilities when training and we need to learn to listen to them and individualize our methods. We also discuss how different phases of life like puberty and menopause influence our bodies and how we can accommodate these hormonal changes for optimal physiological health. For all this and more, tune in today!
Key Points From This Episode:
“The more you begin [to research], the more you realize that all the protocols and methodologies, the guidelines are all based on male data.” — Dr. Stacy Sims [0:02:26]
“I think about all the female athlete performance potential that’s left on the table because we’ve been training, we’re being told what to do based on male data, and we're inherently not men.” — Dr. Stacy Sims [0:02:33]
“Not only do we have to individualize precision training, but how can we appropriately train our women to get the best out of them?” — Dr. Stacy Sims [0:02:53]
“If the menstrual cycle was a male problem, there would be an optimal education solution around it.” — Dr. Stacy Sims [0:06:56]
“Know your cycle, and if you don’t have a normal cycle, still track it to see how you feel on certain days because, even if you’re on an OC, you also have fluctuations. Understand how your body responds.” — Dr. Stacy Sims [0:21:13]
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