"Women Are Not Small Men"

“…everything that we know in nutrition and sports science and ex-phys is based on a male model.” - Dr. Stacy Sims.

One of the most eye-opening podcasts I’ve listened to this year is an interview with Dr Stacy Sims on TrainingPeaks’ CoachCast. As a coach, I’ve always known that men and women react to training stress differently, but Dr. Sims makes it clear that the differences are much deeper than I imagined. 

It’s embarrassing to admit my lack of knowledge on these differences beyond the basics: women have periods which affect the types and amounts of hormones in their bloodstream. Unfortunately, I’m not alone. There is very little research into gender differences when it comes to training for endurance sports. At the very least, workout and recovery timing need to be adjusted for most women in order to optimize their training. Otherwise, they are missing out on potential performance gains. 

Dr. Sims talks about how women’s menstruation cycles affect high intensity training, the importance of proper nutrient timing, and the different macro-nutrient needs of women compared to men. She also talks about things that apply to both men and women, such as high carb drinks and our gut microbiome. 

Listen to the podcast below or order her book to learn more:

ROAR: How to Match Your Food and Fitness to Your Unique Female Physiology for Optimum Performance, Great Health, and a Strong, Lean Body for Life.