To Optimize Performance and Recovery, Reduce Injuries and Stress: Get to Know Your Menstrual Cycle

December 4, 2020 by
Courtesy of Meg Cruz

Katy Hayes didn’t used to pay any attention to her body’s natural cycle, let alone to how it was affecting her training. “I was terrible about tracking my cycle, and my period would constantly surprise me. I was also completely ignorant on ovulation and even when that occurred,” said 28-year-old Hayes, who is currently training for the 2021 Tactical Games.

  • When the COVID-19 shutdowns occurred, Hayes decided to hire Coach Meg Cruz, a former CrossFit regionals athlete, CrossFit coach and the founder of the Valkyrie Project, a company that provides programming for women in the military, many of whom are CrossFit athletes. 
  • Cruz is a big believer in training differently during various times of the female cycle, and it has made a big difference for athletes like Hayes. “Once I was able to pinpoint everything and started tracking my cycle, we got the workouts completely synced. It’s crazy how much of a difference it made,” Hayes said.

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