54 minutes | May 10, 2022

Addressing Body Image, Nutrition, and Strength Issues in Gymnastics Culture

Today in the podcast, I'm very excited to bring to you an interview I was asked to do with Nicole Farrier on her podcast. 


Nicole is a fitness professional with a bachelor's in exercise science and nutrition, a certified personal trainer, competitor, and online coach. 


We had an important and informative conversation about some of the cultural issues in gymnastics related to body image, nutrition, and changing the approach to strength and conditioning.


Nicole and I talked a lot about these issues and some of the stigmas around aesthetics versus performance.


We explored the need for culture change in the sport so we can best support and help athletes to be healthy, happy, and high performing for the next 10, 15, 20 years.


We discuss:


Injury prevention issues in gymnastics.


How to communicate with younger athletes especially when their skill level is at the level of an adult.


Food is fuel.


There's a time and a place for conditioning. 


Why we need to teach kids how to use technology as a tool and not as a vice.


OCD elbow research paper; from the moment you start to have pain, to the moment you are fully back to gymnastics, what does that entire process look like?




Should parents be allowed to watch training sessions?


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