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Amanda Thebe: Rise Above the Menopocalypse
Depression, anxiety, bone-crushing fatigue, incontinence, heart palpitations, migraines. What the hell is going on? Amanda was so frustrated by her two-year odyssey to find out what was derailing her life (spoiler alert: it was perimenopause), she wrote a book to help other women avoid the same fate. It details her experience and offers concrete information about what happens during perimenopause, advice on how to advocate for yourself, and myriad ways to help yourself through the transition.
Amanda is the author of Menopocalypse: How I Learned to Thrive During Menopause and How You Can Too, and is a certified personal trainer with numerous specialty certifications, as well as a PN1 nutrition coach.
Kacy Duke: Now Is Your Time to Shine
Kacy talks about the journey through menopause and midlife and how to mentally, emotionally, and physically navigate this huge transition in your life to live proud and out loud.
Named one of New York City’s best trainers, Kacy has been the personal trainer to a long list of A-listers including Gwen Stefani, Kate Beckinsale, Julianna Moore, Denzel Washington, and Lenny Kravitz, just to name a few. Now at 65 years of age, she’s launched a subscription service called Age Defying Physique, because,we shouldn’t deny our age—it’s a privilege to live a long life—but we can definitely defy what people think we can do at any given age.
Stacy Sims, Ph.D.: The Science & Future of Active, Kick-Ass Menopause
A deep dive on why women need training and nutrition advice unique to them during menopause.
Stacy Sims, Ph.D. is an exercise physiologist, nutrition scientist, and the brains behind the women’s training and nutrition book ROAR and an upcoming book on performance through menopause and beyond.
Selene Yeager: We Got Next
There is an army of women who are not content to sit down on the sidelines just because they hit menopause and society has traditionally told them they’re done. Those women are winning arduous races like RAAM (outright, including the men) climbing mountains, and otherwise staying in the ring to keep swinging for their goals and dreams. Selene shares their stories and the wisdom learned from the first year of the wildly successful Hit Play Not Pause podcast and her upcoming book with Stacy Sims, Ph.D.
Selene Yeager is a top-selling professional health and fitness writer who lives what she writes as a NASM certified personal trainer, USA Cycling certified coach, Pn1 certified nutrition coach, pro licensed off-road racer, and former All-American Ironman triathlete
Carla DiGirolamo, M.D.: Hormones & You: Knowledge is Power
Confusion abounds about hormones, hormone therapy, oral contraceptives, and how it all interplays with our physiology and affects our health and performance. This primer will lay the groundwork for understanding you and your hormones and hormones you may use, so you can make informed choices during the menopause transition and beyond.
Carla is a double Board Certified Reproductive Endocrinologist/Obstetrician-Gynecologist working as a reproductive specialist at Boston IVF in Waltham, Massachusetts. She is ranked among the Top Doctors in the Boston Area and is listed as a provider with the North American Menopause Society. She recently launched an online personal training and nutrition coaching business, FitforLifeMD.
Erin Carson: Mobility to Go the Distance
Strength training is important. But if you can’t access your muscles in a full, healthy range of motion, you can’t optimally strengthen--or use--them. Through her intelligent blend of mobility, tissue care, and strength training, Erin Carson helps her elite athletes be energetic, nimble, and fast.
Erin is the strength trainer for endurance athletes like 3x Ironman World Champion Mirinda Carfrae and is the co-owner and coach at RallySport in Boulder, Colorado where she has worked for 27 years and is the head coach at ECFIT. She also collaborates with Dr. Stacy Sims to produce training programs designed specifically for menopausal women.
Lynda Rowan: Chasing Big Goals During the Menopause Transition
As active women, we’re used to juggling the balls of life while chasing big athletic goals. Well, menopause can throw a massive wall ball in the mix, threatening to wallop us, while all the other balls come cascading to the ground. Lynda Rowan has lived that scenario and coached many women through it and has advice for balancing training, changing physiology, and life during this challenging time.
As a dual citizen of both Australia and the U.S., Lynda has competed in Sprint, Olympic, 70.3, and Ironman triathlons and has represented both countries at ITU World Age Group Championships. She has been coaching sport for 30 years.
Cheryl Osborne: The Power of Playing the Long Game
Something happens when women hit menopause--they start disappearing from the start lines. Just as girls drop out of sports when puberty kicks into high gear, women tend to start heading to the sidelines during the “reverse puberty” years of menopause. Longtime racer Cheryl Osborne, 55, is on a mission to change that, encouraging women to stay involved, bring other women with them, and continue to chase goals and give back.
Cheryl started Artemis Racing (which now includes a club portion called Artemis Cycling) based in Bethesda, Maryland in 1999 to help more women find the love of riding and racing. She continues that passion today through Artemis (which is still going strong) and as a board member and mentor at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center in Trexlertown, Pennsylvania.
Stasi Kasianchuk: The Guts to Go for It!
Your gut microbiome impacts your overall health, body composition, and athletic performance. It’s also changing all the time and the menopausal transition definitely alters it…and not necessarily for the better. That’s why it’s especially important to build a diverse, healthy gut microbiome through the menopausal transition and beyond. This presentation is all about how.
Stasi Kasianchuk RDN, is a sports dietitian, certified exercise physiologist, and an expert in all things “gut health” and offers great advice for nurturing your healthiest, richest gut microbiome. Stasi works specifically with peri and postmenopausal women as the director of Health Coaching at Gennev.com, an online medical and health resource for menopausal women.
Anisha Drake: Balancing Your Pelvic Floor
You jump, run, lift heavy sh*t, or even sneeze, cough, or laugh…and you leak. Or you can barely get your key in the door without wetting yourself. It’s common but not normal…or necessary. You can regain your continence, and dry pants by reclaiming your pelvic floor health and integrity, which takes a hit during the hormonal havoc of menopause.
Anisha Drake PT, DPT, MCS, is a physical therapist in Atlanta, Georgia specializing in pelvic floor health.
Dina Griffin, RDN: Fueling Menopause
Just tell me what to eat! So many of us wish just that. That someone could tell us exactly what we need to eat to fuel our bodies and maintain muscle and a happy weight. That’s why we’re drawn to all the diets du jour like keto, intermittent fasting, and more. This session will help you understand what your body really needs and how to evaluate how food makes you feel and perform, so you can find the answers you seek.
Dina Griffin, RDN, CSSD, CISSN is the Owner and Founder of The Nutrition Mechanic, a nutrition coaching company based out of Boulder, Colorado. She works with all levels of adult endurance athletes to optimize health and vitality. She blends science-based and evidence-informed strategies along with “real life” considerations to devise personalized nutrition plans. She has a particular passion for working with women’s health, peri- and post-menopause, masters athletes, ultra athletes, and supporting individuals who have a metabolic condition.
Heidi Armstrong: Injured Athletes Toolbox
Injuries don’t just hurt physically. They can rock you emotionally, as they keep you away from the activity you love, isolate you from your training buddies, and do a number on your self-image, especially as we get into our menopausal years and injuries can pop up with increasing frequency. Your doctor or PT will help with the physical stuff. But what about the rest? That’s where Heidi Armstrong, founder of Injured Athlete’s Toolbox comes in.
Heidi has more than 10 years of experience dealing with her own injuries following a devastating mountain bike crash and has conducted hundreds of hours of research with athletes dealing with their own injuries. She is also one of a few experts in the world who helps athletes—many of whom are perimenopausal or menopausal—overcome the mental fallout of injury, regain their confidence, and stop the emotional rollercoaster
Tania Dalton: Menopositivity: Finding Your Inner Athlete Right Now
At 52, after years of self-doubt and battles with body image, Tania trained for and completed her first-ever full Ironman triathlon. At this point in her menopause journey, she is also finally, truly happy with the body she is in. She shares her journey to get to this point, how to embrace and harness the benefits of your new hormonal status, and how menopause can be a starting line for great things.
Tania is a personal trainer, healthy aging coach, and positive menopause social media influencer.
Julie Young: Optimizing Your Recovery During Menopause
We know that training is only half the performance equation. Recovery is when the gains are really made. Yet, many of us continue to give recovery the short end of the stick. That comes back to whack us during menopause when recovery becomes more important than ever. But how do we really know we’re recovered? What does it take to be properly recovered? How do we balance high intensity, strength, and regeneration? Julie Young is here to help.
Julie works as the Sports Science Specialist at the Kaiser Sports Medicine Endurance Lab, where she does a wide range of physiology testing. After a 12+ year career as a National team rider, she continues to compete at an elite level. She is a certified Specialized Body Geometry Bike Fit Technician and a certified Medicine of Cycling Bike Fitter. She is also the owner of Julie Young Training, where she provides individual coaching.
Lisbeth Darsh: Strong Starts in the Mind
The muscle between your ears is what keeps you going when the going gets hard. The opposite is true, too. When life is kicking your ass--like it does to many women during menopause--being physically strong helps you muster the mental strength you need to persevere. Lisbeth Darsh provides life lessons to help you continue to rise mentally no matter what.
Lisbeth is a former CrossFit executive and aircraft maintenance officer on fighter jets in the U.S. Air Force. Today, she is a proponent of Street Parking, a new workout system that makes CrossFit-type training more accessible to people without access to a gym or a lot of equipment. She is also the author of Strong Starts in the Mind, Live Like That, and The World Is Brutal and You Must Be Brave.
Vonda Wright, MD Your Guide to Thrive
Most of the “healthy aging and menopause content” out there is directed toward the general population, which is not terribly active. We are terribly active! And we want to stay that way. And one of the big obstacles that active women run into during this time of life is joint pain and connective tissue injury. So the advice that we should get the minimum amount of exercise really doesn’t apply. Here Vonda digs into how the hormonal shifts of menopause make us more vulnerable to all those itises like plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis and of course, what to do about it all!
For 20 years Dr. Vonda Wright, has dedicated her work and research as an orthopedic surgeon, elite sports doc, public speaker, published author, biotech consultant, non-profit founder, and health innovator to optimize aging and compel us to live more, do more, excel more, and live vitally as we age.
Tracey Jacobs: Raise the Floor & Break the Ceiling
You can strengthen your weaknesses and hone your strengths no matter what your age and phase of life with the right combination of bodywork, nutrition, and tailored training. Tracey Jacobs explains how she uses massage therapy to help rebalance and restore the body to facilitate full recovery and optimum performance and supports training and health with smart nutrition strategies.
Tracey is a certified Integrated Massage Therapist, has completed Dr. Stacy Sims’ Women Are Not Small Men course in sports-specific nutrition for female athletes, and is earning a Certificate in Nutrition Counseling from Hawthorn University. She currently races for Cinch Elite and is a coach for Cinch Cycling. She is the current Colorado State Champion in both the road and criterium events.
Rebecca Rusch: The Power of Passion
As a professional athlete, Hall of Fame mountain bike racer Rebecca Rusch knows that most careers like hers come with an expiration date. But she knows there’s no expiration on passion and this is a time of life when active women can be hitting their stride rather than heading to the sidelines. Hers is a story of endless inspiration. You’re guaranteed to be fired up to push outside your comfort zone and conquer your own adventures during this chapter of your life.
A legend in the world of mountain biking, Rebecca Rusch is also a world champion in multiple disciplines, a best-selling author of Rusch to Glory and an Emmy winner for Blood Road.
Dr. Lauren Streicher: Slip Sliding Away- Turning Back the Clock on your Vagina
Issues like vaginal dryness don’t just hurt your sex life (though that’s bad enough!), they also just plain hurt and pave the way for urinary symptoms like incontinence and recurrent UTI. None of that is particularly conducive to feeling and performing your best. Dr. Streicher is here to help!
Dr. Lauren Streicher is the author of Slip Sliding Away: Turning Back the Clock On Your Vagina-A gynecologist’s guide to eliminating post-menopause dryness and pain and Hot Flash Hell: A Gynecologist’s Guide to Turning Down the Heat
Dr. Streicher is the founder and medical director of the Northwestern Medicine Center for Menopause and the Northwestern Medicine Center for Sexual Health, which includes programs on Sexual Medicine and Vulvar and Vaginal Health. She’s been featured on Oprah, Good Morning America, Nightline, 20/20, Today, and the Meredith Vieira Show, just to name a few. She dishes out straight talk on sex solutions to help improve your “SexAbility” through menopause and the rest of your life. You can learn more about her and check out her work at DrStreicher.com
Alisha Brosse: Calm Your Mind & Improve Your Sleep
Cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and other psychological practices can help quell anxiety, manage menopausal symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats, and get some quality sleep during this time of life. But what exactly is it? How do you do it? How does it work? Dr. Alisha Brosse is here to explain.
Alisha Brosse, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and founding partner of the Boulder Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies. She specializes in behavioral therapies for mood, anxiety, and sleep disorders. She is the co-author of End the Insomnia Struggle: A Step-By-Step Guide to Help You Get to Sleep and Stay Asleep.