When it comes to fitness and training tailored to the female athlete, many health professionals are still in dark. If you (like me) think that fitness for golfers is still in its infancy stages, then today’s topic is still just in the womb!
Janet Alexander is the perfect guest to have on to teach us how the female golfer should be training, how their workouts should be dictated by their body, and how planning their workouts appropriately can dramatically improve the effectiveness in areas such as accelerated fat loss, prevent injury, strength, and power development.
Janet is a 35-year veteran of the health and fitness industry and co-owner of Pacific Fitness and Health, Inc. a private studio in Encinitas, California. Janet’s disciplined, and scientifically based approach to strength and conditioning has helped mold her into a knowledgeable and sought after fitness professional and has allowed her to work with a wide range of athletes in a variety of sports. Pacific Fitness and Health and Janet’s progressive and pioneering program design has not only culminated in wins on the professional golf tours, but also has resulted in good hormonal health for her stable of female athletes.
Janet Alexander’s Background
- She is an instructor for the Titleist Performance
Institute Certification course (Level 3 Fitness), is T.P.I. Certified, has appeared on the Golf Channel with Dr. Greg Rose and Dave Phillips, founders of the Titleist Performance Institute speaking on fitness for females and sits on the Titleist Advisory Board as a member of the Fitness & Exercise Board.
- Not one to rest on her past academic achievements in the field of physical education and sports science, Janet has now chosen to extend her knowledge base further and is currently studying Osteopathy -Soma Training and Soma Therapy, two three year programs under the guidance of internationally recognized French Osteopath DO, Physiotherapist and Doctorate of Medicine Dr. Guy Voyer.
- Her fresh yet focused, holistic approach to wellness and health has also been used to her own advantage as a successful competitive age group triathlete, runner, cyclist and cross-country skier
- Janet’s Approach: Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
Highlights from this Episode
- Janet Alexander kicks off the episode sharing about how she flipped from fitness to the corporate world, ultimately ended at fitness to build her client base and business and how she first got into golf in 1998.
- Why there isn’t a lot of direction as to how to work specifically with female golfers when it comes to strength training and physical preparedness as opposed to “just going and lifting weights like the guys.”
- The important questions her female athletes come to her with, as pertaining to their workout regiment, and the questions female athletes should be asking their trainers. She also dives into the challenge of fighting body image issues when working with junior athletes and diets.
- Janet talks about how to design programs for female athletes once you check and clear all the different health boxes (e.g. diet, a regular menstrual cycle, hormonally balanced,) and what regiments to do at what time to optimize performance output and minimize injury based on the female anatomy.
- She gives advice to the male trainers working with female athletes on what to think about and how to approach touchy/taboo topics.
Parting Questions . . .
Caddy Shack or Happy Gilmore? Caddy Shack
If you could pick a walk up song for the first tee box, what would it be?Thunderstruck by AC/DC
If you could play golf with anyone in the world, who would it be and where would you play? I would play Alice Cooper or Danny Devito at St. Andrews
Any parting advice for the 18Strong Community? Remember that for every female athlete, your menstrual cycle is an indication of your overall health and for you to be able to be passionate about your sport, if the wheels are falling off, there’s a reason.
Where to find Janet Alexander:
Join our private facebook page The 18STRONG Movement to connect with Janet and many other guests from the show!
**Janet also created a special private group to specifically address questions you might have about the topics of today’s show: Her28 This group is meant to be an open and safe forum to ask those questions that you might not be willing to ask anywhere else!**
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