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The Fitness Pro's Guide to Embracing Period Dysfunction: Why It's a Game Changer

August 9, 2023
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Hey there, Fit Professionals! We all know that you're a superhero in helping people achieve their fitness goals. But there's one superhero sidekick that often gets overlooked—period dysfunction! Yup, you heard it right. Understanding what it is and why it matters can make you an even more awesome fitness pro, especially when working with your female clients. So, please grab a cup of tea (or your beverage of choice) and let us dive into this wonderful world of menstrual cycles!

What the Heck is Period Dysfunction?

Okay, picture this: periods are doing a wild dance, with irregular steps, heavy moves, or sometimes going MIA. That's period dysfunction for you! It's when a woman's menstrual cycle goes a bit haywire. We're talking irregular periods, super heavy flow, cramps that make you question everything, or even the absence of Aunt Flo altogether. It can happen due to a bunch of reasons like hormones gone wild, stress, poor nutrition, pushing the limits at the gym, or underlying health conditions.

Why You Should Be Besties with Period Dysfunction

  1. Personalised Training Programs: We all love a good, personalised touch, right? Understanding period dysfunction allows you to create workout programs that respect the hormonal rollercoaster your female clients ride each month. Tweaking the intensity, volume, and recovery based on the different phases of the menstrual cycle can help them get better results, dodge injuries, and feel like champions.
  2. Communication and Empathy: Hey, it's not just about sets and reps! Knowing about period dysfunction lets you have open and empathetic conversations with your female clients. When they feel comfortable talking about their cycles, you build trust, and they'll be more likely to share their concerns and goals. It's all about creating an environment where everyone feels supported, understood, and ready to conquer those fitness milestones!
  3. Warning Signs Detectives: Sherlock Holmes would be proud of you for this one. Period dysfunction can sometimes be a red flag for underlying health issues like PCOS or endometriosis. When you know the signs, you can be the detective who saves the day by referring your clients to the right medical professionals. It's a superhero move that shows you care about their overall well-being, not just their gains in the gym.
  4. Performance Magic: Now, let's talk about unlocking the secret to peak performance! Hormonal fluctuations during the menstrual cycle can impact exercise performance. But here's the good news: by understanding these patterns, you can help your female clients adjust their training accordingly. Tap into those energy surges during the high-performance phases and watch them crush their goals. It's like having a magical crystal ball for boosting performance!
  5. Mind and Soul Support: We're not just here for the body; we're here for the whole package. Period dysfunction can wreak havoc on a woman's mental and emotional well-being. Knowing your client's struggles empowers you to provide support, guidance, and education on self-care practices. Together, we can help them find balance, ease discomfort, and improve their quality of life. It's like being a wellness warrior armed with positivity and compassion!

Hey, Fit Pro, you're on a mission to change lives, one workout at a time. And understanding period dysfunction is an essential part of that journey. By embracing the beautiful chaos of menstrual cycles, you can create personalised training programs, build trust and communication, detect warning signs, unlock peak performance, and support your female client as a whole package!

Ready to level up your period expertise? 

Check out my Periodisation for Periods course, specially designed for fitness pros like you. This course will provide in-depth knowledge on menstrual health, practical training optimisation strategies, and the tools to support your female clients effectively.

Remember, being well-informed about period dysfunction can make a significant difference in your clients' lives and help them achieve their health and fitness goals while prioritising their overall well-being.

NEW COURSE: Menstrual Cycle Essentials: How to train women around their monthly cycle (6CECs)

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About The Author: Michelle Wright
Writer | Educator | Speaker

As an avid writer, I contribute articles to many online and print publications. I am also regularly invited to speak at fitness conventions and business events.

I have created many independent courses in both women’s health and business. My own personal journey led me from teaching (B.Ed and Dip Teach) to the fitness industry, first as a group fitness instructor/personal trainer and then creating and running the award winning fitness franchise, mishfit®.

I created the Women’s Health & Fitness Summit in 2014 and grew it to be a two-day event held at beautiful venues such as Crown, RACV and The Grand Hyatt. This event hosted the most revered and respected women’s health and fitness presenters and trainers from around the world and was attended by hundreds of women. Many returning every year.

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