Have you ever noticed that you feel different throughout the month during your workouts? 🏋🏻♀️
💥 MORE Energy? Stronger? Faster? Leaner?
🌧 Some days are you Less motivated? Experiencing More Fatigue? Gastric distress? Bloat?
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. 💜
Here is what is going on during the the first two weeks of your cycle:
Follicular Phase (Days 1-14):
•Mood and Energy increase.
•More lean muscle mass
•Aerobic Capacity Increases.
•More Insulin sensitive.
•Strength and overall performance may increase.
This is when you can prioritize strength, power and explosive 🧨 training 💥! Heavy lifts, higher intensity workouts, all that jazz!
Here is what is going on during the different phases of your cycle:
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.
TLTR: When in the last two weeks of your cycle try more calming, restorative exercise like yoga, walking, hiking, accessory/mobility work during the second half.
This would be working WITH your physiology–not against it! 🤍
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