Thursday 30th January – It’s time to address the PCOS

Happy Thursday everyone!

Before I give you my usual training update, I want to have a bit of a rant about the lack of support for women with PCOS. I’ve been writing this blog since last summer mainly to share my story of trying to get fit and hopefully improve my PCOS symptoms. I’ll be honest and say I never really thought anyone would read it and saw it more as free therapy for me. However I have recently found out that my ramblings have helped some ladies out there who have been suffering in silence. I am so happy to hear this, but it’s a bittersweet happiness as I have heard some real horror stories of the way a lot of these women have been treated, by medical and fitness professionals. 

I have never had much luck with doctors in relation to my PCOS symptoms. The usual advice is ‘lose weight and things will get better’, because it’s that simple isn’t it(!). They then just throw tablets at you: the pill, metformin, fat loss drugs, and leave you to it. I think it’s time to say ‘enough is enough’. 

I have recently been contacted by a truly lovely lady who has been severely let down by these people who she should be able to turn to for support and answers. I really cannot stand this kind of injustice. I’ve read so many stories similar to hers about the horrific way women asking for help have been treated. I am so angry for them and now feel determined to do something to help. 

Basically PCOS isn’t glamorous enough to get the attention it needs, but it affects so many of the female population. 

I would love to hear from any ladies who have had both good and bad experiences with doctors and other professionals, and help you, in any way I can. 

OK, rant over, for now! 

So last night I trained with my lovely personal trainer, Chris. Here’s what happened: 

Leg Press
5 sets of 15 reps at 120KG 

Neutral Pulldowns
5 sers of 15 reps: 2 sets at 45KG, 3 sets at 40KG 

Leg Press
5 sets of 15 reps at 120KG 

Seated Row
5 sets of 15 reps at 40KG 

Sledgehammer and Tyre
5 sets of 15 reps

Slamball with 5KG ball
5 sets of 15 reps

Working on new combinations 

Sadly this wasn’t me last night! 

I haven’t done this for a while so it’s now time for ‘my personal trainer is TOTALLY AWESOME’

Before I started training with Chris, I had a stereotypically negative view of personal trainers. I was convinced that if I ever signed up with one he would just shout at me and be horrible to me in the gym. I couldn’t have been more wrong. He even admits on his site that he was sceptical about personal trainers before he became one:
I know I’m probably biased, but Chris has genuinely been a god send. I would never have got this far without his unwavering support and encouragement. When I told him about the PCOS his reaction was ‘we can work on this together‘. In fact I think that sums him up really well. Nothing is ever too big a problem for him to help with. 

I suppose what I am trying to say is, if you have ever tried working with a personal trainer but it didn’t go well, don’t give up. There really are so many fantastic ones out there. I promise! If you do have PCOS, consider getting in touch with one near you, even if it’s just to ask for some nutritional advice. It was honestly the best thing I ever did.

I hope that my blog does help you if you are currently suffering in silence. 
There are so many symptoms of PCOS that go unnoticed, but we need to change that. I am going to look at what we can do to raise awareness and help every woman out there who has PCOS. 


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