EPISODE #84: How Can Female Athletes Take Advantage of their Menstrual Cycle?

nardeen faragalla Dec 11, 2020

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. 

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EPISODE 83: Jesse Labreck is The Last Woman Standing

jesse labreck Dec 04, 2020

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.

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EPISODE #82: HOW TO FIGHT FOMO WITH CARA POALILLO

cara poalillo Nov 27, 2020

Want to fight FOMO in your life?  Does looking at other people's lives on social media make you feel bad about your own life?
 
Sometimes we get stuck letting the negative affects of comparison make us feel less-than. The result is that being truly thankful is hard, because we don't actually recognize or appreciate the good things we do have in life.  On today's episode Cara teaches strategies for breaking this negative cycle and using comparison to build confidence instead of self-negativity. 
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EPISODE #81: DR. JEFFREY TIMMER

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.

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EPISODE #80: DR. LINDA BLADE

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? 

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EPISODE #79 : SARAH BLACKMOORE + OLIVIA VIVIAN

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. 

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EPISODE #78: DR. FITNI DESTANI

Cara Poalillo and Dr. Fitni Destani, a professor at Keene State College who specializes in mental performance in athletes, talk about all things mindset and gender in ninja. We discuss how we can empower girls and women in our sport to reach their full potential in training and competition.  When should we be training and competing coed? Should we separate by gender? How can we best set female athletes up for success? 
 
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EPISODE #77: SARA HEESEN

sara heesen Nov 02, 2020

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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EPISODE #76: CASEY ROTHSCHILD

casey rothschild Nov 02, 2020

Casey Rothschild and Cara reflect on the last 2 years of ninja and life. Today Casey shares all about:
*How she has learned to keep calm before competition and on the course
*Why it’s ok to want to WIN
*Casey’s career goals for the future
*What’s new happening with the Neighborhood Ninja mentor program
*What is Queer Ninjas Unite
 
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EPISODE #75: MAGGIE OWEN

maggie owen Nov 02, 2020

On today’s teen episode of The Ninjababes Podcast, teen host Marie Young interviews Maggie Owen about her time during quarantine and how she is crushing it as a ninja athlete.  
 
Maggie has competed in NNL Worlds for 4 seasons, she was a UNX Majors 2nd place winner, competitor on ANW Jr. season 1, and originally got the call to compete in ANW12.  Not all of those who were originally called for ANW12 were actually able to compete because of COVID and the limited number of athletes allowed on set. None-the-less Maggie explains her incredible reaction to being called to compete with her heros and how honored she has been to train at such a high level. 
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