The Big Peach Ride + Run Podcast is hosted by Big Peach Running Co. Director of Marketing, Dave “D2” Martinez. Dr. Amanda Smith joins us this week to discuss women’s exercise physiology and why women shouldn’t train with plans designed for men and why the menstrual cycle plays a role in successful training results.
This was a very enlightening episode and I’m glad I’m more educated and informed on the differences in women’s physiology and how it affects training and injury prevention. Thank you, Dr. Amanda Smith, for sharing this great information! For those of you that would like to connect with Amanda, she works for Radvocacy Wellness in Marietta and Atlanta Sports Recovery in Decatur.
I reference the Whoop Podcast a few times during this episode if you’d like to listen to it and learn a bit more about the gender gap and how disregarding sex as a meaningful biological variable in research and the implications in training, fueling, medication dosing and so much more, check out this episode. If you’re interested in learning more about Whoop, check out their website. It’s a smart device that you wear on your wrist that tracks a whole slew of things. It’s not something we sell and the service is subscription based.
Here are some of the statistics I mentioned throughout the podcast:
- Only 6% of Athletic performance research applies to women
- Women are underrepresented in research which leads to problematic outcomes
- Women get injured more
- Women drop out of sports at 2x the rate of men during puberty
- By age 17, 51% of girls have given up on sports
The phases that Dr. Amanda Smith referenced are the Follicular Phase which is optimal for harder training and the Luteal Phase with is better for base training and recovery. So if you want to do a bit of your own research you can enter those terms in your favorite search tool.
Thanks for tuning in! Keep running, riding, & believing in yourself.