how to exercise for your cycle and pregnancy with claire falconer
The fitness industry is built to serve men. Perhaps that doesn’t surprise you if you’re a regular listener, and today’s guest Claire Falconer wants us to celebrate our biological difference as cyclical women, and to put our cycle front and centre of our exercise routines. Claire says that when you understand and work with your cycle, not only do results come quicker and more easily, but you avoid longer-term health issues that can come up from gymming like a dude.
Claire Falconer is a personal trainer, yoga teacher and health coach with 15 years under her belt in the fitness industry. She’s worked privately with hundreds of clients all over the world, and has developed a passion and specialism in women’s health especially hormonal health, preconception, pregnancy and post natal women.
Claire studied functional medicine at the Institute of Functional Medicine in California under Dr, Mark Hyman, is certified with Precision Nutrition as a nutrition coach, is currently undertaking her degree in Health Sciences Naturopathy and is a certified Menstrual Coach from the Institute of Menstrual Health by Nicole Jardim. Self-described as a bit of a geek who always has her head in the current health & nutrition book Claire loves staying up to date and living a balanced life.
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I personally loved this conversation and learnt so much myself about:
pelvic floor health,
working with our bodies in each menstrual cycle phase,
pregnancy, post-partum, and menopause.
I feel inspired to get back into a regular exercise routine! How about you? DM me on IG and share this episode on your stories, letting me know what you took.
Thank you so much Claire for chatting with us!
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Connect with Claire at www.coachedbyclaire.com
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