The female athlete


Do some training sessions feel harder than usual?

Did a session that seemed hard, but comfortable a couple of weeks ago, now feel completely different?

In the words of Dr Stacy Sims women are not small men. At SSP we recognise this, and have a special interest in working WITH the physiology of our female patients to help them succeed in whatever their athletic pursuits may be.

Whether you are an aspiring elite athlete, or just looking to be the healthiest you can be, at SSP we can help you understand the hormones involved in your menstrual cycle, and how to train within these fluctuations.

Hormones are the body’s messengers, and they deliver instructions from the organs to the brain, (and vice versa), to perform nearly everything we do. They tell our body when to eat, sleep, and grow. They control our appetite and sex drive. They help us to have babies. They also make us happy, sad, and crazy in love.

For men, these hormones are fairly stable day in and day out, (although they do change over the course of a lifetime). However, for women, it is a very different story. And these hormonal changes centre on the menstrual cycle.

The hormonal changes during the cycle have a profound effect on our fertility and mood, but, they can also have a significant effect on our training and performance.

If you would like to learn more about the hormonal fluctuations of the menstrual cycle, and how best to train WITH your unique female physiology, call us today on 02 9817 7100 and book an appointment to get started.

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