Let’s talk period!

In this discussion, we explore the impact of the menstrual cycle on women’s athletic performance and how understanding hormonal fluctuations can optimize training. The menstrual cycle, governed by hormones like progesterone and estrogen, affects the body’s ability to perform, with periods of increased difficulty during certain phases. Personal experiences of feeling weaker or struggling with workouts led to the realization of the menstrual cycle’s influence on performance.

Dr. Stacy Sims’ research on training with hormonal cycles provided valuable insights into adjusting workouts according to hormonal fluctuations. Training during low-hormone phases can yield greater strength gains and improved performance. Women in peri-menopause can also benefit from tailored training methods like weight lifting, HIIT, and plyometric exercises.

The book “Roar” by Dr. Stacy Sims further explores the impact of female hormones on performance and offers strategies for optimizing training throughout the menstrual cycle. By monitoring cycles and noting various symptoms and changes, individuals can gain valuable insights into their body’s response to training and adjust accordingly. Overall, understanding and working with the menstrual cycle can lead to more effective and personalized training plans tailored to individual needs and goals.