Have you ever noticed that you feel different throughout the month during your workouts?
Less motivated? More Fatigue? Gastric distress? Bloat?
is it MORE Energy? Stronger? Faster? Leaner?
It isn’t just in your head, as females, our body’s change week by week depending on where we are within our hormone cycle. AND LADIES, your body doesn’t care how much you can deadlift or much rather prioritize strength and fat loss goals, when it is preparing to create a life.
Lets take a look at what your performance looks like during the different phases of your cycle:
Follicular Phase (Days 1-14):
Estrogen IncreasesMood and Energy increase.
More lean muscle mass
Aerobic Capacity Increases.
More Insulin sensitive.
Strength and overall performance may increase.
Luteal Phase (Days 15-28):
Estrogen decreases and Progesterone increases.
Strength and overall performance may decrease a tad. (this is TEMPORARY).
Fatigue and Mood may decrease
Cravings might increase.
Bloating and Water retention increase.
Less Insulin Sensitive.
TLDR: If you are in the 1st half of your cycle-focus more on strength and explosive training like HIIT and more calming, restorative exercise like yoga, walking, hiking, accessory/mobility work during the second half.
This is working WITH your physiology–not against it!