Do you need to alter your training through the menstrual cycle? - Lauren Colenso-Semple

Welcome to this episode of our podcast, where we delve into the evidence-based approach to menstrual cycle training. Our guest today is Lauren, who has extensive experience in this field as a coach and researcher. Lauren holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and nutrition from the University of Buffalo, and a master's degree from the University of South Florida. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at McMaster University in Canada, under the guidance of Stu Phillips.

In this episode, Lauren shares her insights on the topic of menstrual cycle training based on her PhD research. She talks about this from both a coach and a researcher experience, and talks about the limitations of current techniques used in the literature to determine menstrual cycle stage and how her research will contribute to a more robust evidence base that will determine whether the added complexity of menstrual phase training is necessary to understand more fully the female experience in training and performance.

Overall, this episode is a must-listen for anyone interested in understanding the evidence-based approach to menstrual cycle training.

Lauren is currently pursuing a PhD in Integrative Physiology at McMaster University. Her research focuses on the impact of exercise, nutrition, and hormones on skeletal muscle. Lauren has worked with hundreds of clients in person and online, including recreational lifters, moms-to-be, and aspiring powerlifters and physique athletes

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Lauren’s most recent paper just published can be found here: