Periods are awesome! Let's talk about the unique characteristics of females. Did you know there is a point during your menstrual cycle that your athletic performance is typically best? That's because females have a testosterone boost during ovulation that allows them to build muscle and perform at their peak athletically. In this episode, we are joined by Nardeen Faragalla, a certified health coach with a focus on hormones and how they affect our sports performance.
Jesse Labreck was the "last woman standing" on this season of American Ninja Warrior. Hear how this champ felt on the course and how she strategized. She was the only woman who made it to the Power Tower and she raced up the tower against Daniel Gil. Jesse shares her favorite obstacle from this season and what it's like competing alongside her fiancé, Chris DeGangi. Jesse and Cara talk about tips for new and seasoned ninjas, and how to balance your ninja mentality between fun and competitive.
Let's debunk some myths: Women have more lower body strength and men have more upper body strength. Men have more fast-twitch muscle movement, and women have more endurance. We are designing ninja courses with mens' bodies in mind, not womens'. Kids do not produce lactic acid in their muscles. Are these true or false? Listen to learn all this and more.
How can women ninja athletes optimize their performance on the course? Dr. Blade is an expert in sports performance and has a PhD. in Kinesiology with a focus in human morphology and the differences between male and female bodies in their growth process. Today we discuss in depth the differences that we see in the physical training and capabilities of male and female athletes. How can these factors affect ninja warriors in the way we train and compete?
Olivia finished 6th place overall in the Grand Final of season 4 of Australian Ninja Warrior! In Grand Final Stage 1, Olivia beat the course for the first time! Season 4 was Sarah's first season competing on Australian Ninja Warrior. Both ladies had a long history in gymnastics and share their reaction to the documentary, "Athlete A" and their personal stories with gymnastics and abuse. They also discuss season 4 of Australian Ninja Warrior.
Sara Heesen and Cara Poalillo have a vulnerable discussion about the pressures they have felt related to how they portray themselves on social media and in person. Cara and Sara Heesen talk about role models, expectations, and living authentically. When should or shouldn’t you confirm to others’ views of you?
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