Flaunt Performance: THE Podcast for the Voluptuous Runner

September 21, 2018



Descriptor: Aja shares her experience of being stigmatized as a voluptuous runner and why this led her to start a podcast around these topics.



  • Aja shares how she has experienced weight stigma as a runner and why she decided to speak out about this problem in the running world. She started Flaunt Performance: THE Podcast for THE Voluptuous Runner and athletes.
  • We don’t have to lose weight to start a sport. It is the perception that you CAN’T but that is not true. We address those stigmas!
  • We live in a society that is very anti-pleasure. Aja shares that she feels that order to accept and love our bodies we have to embrace pleasure.

So you know she’s legit:


As the daughter of a marathon runner, Aja began to develop her passion for running at around 8 years old. However, her initial path to running bliss wasn’t filled with much satisfaction. As a fat kid, the overbearing messages of weight loss and body image overshadowed the pleasures that running had to offer. Ironically, running soon became a mental refuge that Aja used to retreat from the constant pressures of bullying and not quite fitting into what was “normal.”

But issues regarding body image persisted throughout her life...until they were no longer bearable.

December 30, 2015, Aja gave birth to her second daughter; Yaminah. Three days later, she and her husband heard the news that no parents ever want to hear. Yaminah was very ill and wouldn’t live very long. Yaminah died in her parent's arms on January 19, 2016.

At that point, everything stopped. Aja realized that she could no longer carry the load of weight loss pressures along with insurmountable grief. Weight loss, along with tons of other issues, seemed so minuscule when compared to losing a child.

So like she had always done when she needed to retreat, Aja ran. In fact, she decided to sign up for her first 1/2 marathon in honor of Yaminah.

Training for that 1/2 marathon wasn’t pretty at all. It wasn’t because Aja wasn’t in shape for running. Her body was used to running. In fact, she ran while pregnant with Yaminah. Training wasn’t pretty because at her highest weight ever, Aja learned what it really means to be fat and athletic. It means being ignored while shopping for running shoes. It means not being able to find running pants that fit over big hips. It means running in nightgowns to hide the fact that her butt hangs out of those too-small running pants!

In May of 2016, race day finally arrived.   Aja looked around at everyone at the starting line and saw people of all shapes and sizes coming together for one common goal. But she knew all of the other round athletes at that starting line had experienced many of the issues she’d experienced during training. Aja decided to do something about it. She wanted the world to at least hear their stories. So Aja launched Flaunt Performance Podcast.

Flaunt Performance Podcast is a podcast for voluptuous runners who just love to run. It’s a no diet-talk, no fat-shaming, no self-shaming zone where pleasure trumps weight loss.

Aja lives with her husband and two living children in Northwest Indiana.   She enjoys gardening, swimming, and retreating on running trails.


To Connect with the Flaunt Performance Podcast: THE podcast for the Voluptuous Runner 


 Facebook @flauntperformance

Twitter @FlauntPerfor













Changing the Game of Youth Sports with John O’Sullivan

September 14, 2018

Changing the Game of Youth Sports with John O’Sullivan

 The world of youth sports that is changing drastically leading to high burn out. John joins us and discusses this changing atmosphere and ways parents and coaches can help to keep the Play in Sport!


  • Changing the Game has the main goal of keeping the Play in sports. John discusses the changing times of youth sports, and how we have pushed the adult version of sport onto our children.


  • How can the parent be encouraging but not too pushy with our children when it comes to engagement in sport? Let’s first increase their physical literacy. Second, let’s let them play sports that they really love.


  • Is there anywhere else where we allow an adult ( a coach) to spend so much time with our children, yet they have no training?? Coaches need further training then they are getting now.


  • It can be helpful to encourage your kids to have three goals for that sport season: have fun, work hard, fulfill your commitment.                                                                                                                                                                                  

So You Know He is Legit….

John O’Sullivan is an internationally known TEDx Speaker and the founder of the Changing the Game Project, which he started in 2012 in order to better educate parents, coaches and youth sports organizations and put some more “play” in playing sports. John is a former collegiate and professional soccer player and coached for 20 years on the youth, high school, and college level. He has been an advisor and presenter for numerous sporting organizations across the globe, including US Soccer, Football, Lacrosse, Swimming, and Hockey, and he sits on the National Advisory Board for the Positive Coaching Alliance and the National Association for Physical Literacy. John is the author of two #1 bestselling books, and his blog gets nearly 5 million visits a year. His goal today is to start a discussion about changing the environment in youth sports so we can keep more kids active, healthy and involved in physical activity.

To Connect with Changing the Game 


John’s Ted Talk














Dr. Laura Miranda shares how “strategies to align sports performance with capability” on PHIT for a Queen podcast

September 7, 2018

Dr. Laura Miranda shares how “strategies to align sports performance with capability” on PHIT for a Queen podcast:


  1. Was inspired by the women that helped put her back together during her injuries as a young athlete.
  2. Align sports performance with capability.
  3. Loves to workout outside as it reminds of playing as a child.
  4. Injuries can impact an athlete’s identity and being able to say “I am not OK and what can I do?”
  5. Empowering positive talk is a must for mental & physical healing- Speak to yourself as if you were a young child.
  6. Must adhere to the training program- It works if you work it

You can find Dr. Laura Miranda at:


So you know she is legit:

By trade, Dr. Laura Miranda DPT, MSPT is an NYC based doctor of physical therapy, certified personal trainer, and creator of PURSUIT, the outdoor fitness movement. She is also an author, speaker, and has appeared in and writes for many major publications like Shape, Buzz Feed, Huffington Post, and Girls Gone Strong. By mission, she empowers people on their path toward becoming the best possible version of themselves.



Laura Moretti shares how she listens to her own body’s needs while training for ironman and being a dietitian on Phit for a Queen.

August 31, 2018

Laura Moretti shares how she listens to her own body’s needs while training for Ironman and being a dietitian on Phit for a Queen.



  • Her combination of passions & interest lead her to a career path as a dietitian
  • Laura shares her strategies on how to fuel and train as a competitive triathlete while juggling her job as a dietitian
  • She really focuses on listening to her own body needs while training.
  • Discusses how certain personality traits are drawn to certain sports.


Where you can learn more about Laura:



 How you know she is legit:

Laura Moretti completed a Master’s Degree in clinical nutrition as well as her didactic program in clinical dietetics at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education, Department of Nutrition and Food Studies. She completed her dietetic internship at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. She previously worked as the Primary Nutrition Therapist at Columbus Park Collaborative and Appleman Nutrition in New York City. In 2015 Laura relocated to Boston from New York City to join the Sports Medicine Team and at Boston Children's Hospital where she is also the Dietitian for the Female Athlete Program. Her passion lies in educating athletes on how to properly fuel their bodies for optimum health and performance. She possesses a specialty in sports performance based nutrition as well as treating low energy availability, disordered eating and eating disorders in athletes. Laura has an extensive amount of experience in consulting and collaborating with Olympic and professional athletes, local colleges and universities, as well as professional sport and dance facilities. She also is the consulting RD for the Boston Ballet Company and School as well as an instruction at the Institute for Rowing Leadership. Laura is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, International Academy of Eating Disorders, Massachusetts Dietetic Association, Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitian Association, The American College of Sports Medicine, The International Association for Dance Medicine and Science, Co-Chair of the AED Sport and Exercise SIG, and the SCAN Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. On a personal note, Laura is a competitive triathlete, Boston Marathon Qualifier, and Finisher, as well as an avid skier.


Kay Glynn shares why she plans to spend all of her life being active and why her grandkids call her the Grandma that eats broccoli.

August 24, 2018

Kay Glynn shares why she plans to spend all of her life being active and why her grandkids call her the Grandma that eats broccoli.


  • Found her way to connect with others by doing track meets
  • Never wants to stop learning and wants to share her story to help others
  • Feels her balance in activities has helped her to continue strong in sports.
  • Grandkids call her “the grandma that eats broccoli and has long blonde hair”
  • Wants to show others who she is by being the motivational entertainer

Where you can learn more about Kay:



How you know she is legit:

One of Kay's lifetime passions has been dancing and performing acrobatics since the age of 4. For over 20 years, she has owned her own studio where she taught various disciplines of dance--such as tap, jazz, ballet, and acrobatics. She won a Ford Mustang at the age of 15 doing a novelty acrobatic routine with chairs.

In the last 5 years, this routine has given her spots on such t.v. shows as The Late Show with David Letterman, The Jimmy Kimmell Show, Oprah, The View (with Barbara Walters), America’s Got Talent, 30 Seconds to Fame, I’ve Got a Secret and Country Fried Home Videos which also includes clips of Kay pole vaulting in her backyard pole vaulting pit. Recently, she also made a dream come true. She flew on a trapeze for the first time—at the age of 55!

In the spring of 2009, Kay closed her dance studio, and she and her husband bought a local insurance agency where she is working part-time. Kay is enjoying spending time as a motivational entertainer, and training for track and field at her home in the country where she has a pole vault pit, a high jump pit, hurdles, and an area comprised of a horizontal bar, rings, and trapeze. Also, Kay was featured in the Aug. 2009 issue of A.A.R.P. Magazine


Dr. Caroline Silby shares how “strategies to align sports performance with capability” on PHIT for a Queen podcast

August 17, 2018

Dr. Caroline Silby shares how “strategies to align sports performance with capability” on PHIT for a Queen podcast:


  1. The Sports Scene should be used to model and develop confident, healthy adults.
  2. Align sports performance with capability.
  3. We have to identify the qualities that make you successful but also identify the qualities that need to have balance.
  4. Works with the American Girl company on projects empowering young girls through books


You can find Dr. Silby and her books at:


So you know she is legit:

Caroline Silby, Ph.D. holds a Doctorate and Master Degree of Sports Psychology from the University of Virginia. She is a nationally recognized expert on the development of elite athletes, author of, Games Girls Play: Understanding and Guiding Young Female Athletes (St. Martin’s Press, 2000, 2001), contributing author to, Sports Secrets and Spirit Stuff (American Girl Company, 2006) and The Female Athlete (Boston Children’s Hospital Harvard & Springer Publishing, May 2016) and just released A Smart Girls Guide: Sports and Fitness: How to Use Your Body and Mind To Play and Feel Your Best (American Girl Company, February, 2018). Dr. Silby spent twelve years as adjunct faculty at American University and continues to serve as a consultant to their sports teams. She has worked on an individual basis with two Olympic Gold Medalists, over 20 Olympians, two Paralympian Gold Medalists, four World Champions, fifteen National Champions, dozens of professional dancers and hundreds of National Team members and Division I student-athletes, teams and their coaches.           

As an elite athlete, Dr. Silby was a member of the National Figure Skating Team. She later served on the U.S. Figure Skating Association Board of Directors, Athlete Advisory Council and Sports Medicine Committee. Dr. Silby was appointed to the U.S. Olympic Committee Athlete Advisory Council, Collegiate Sports Council and Finance Committee.   Currently, she serves on the Sports Medicine Committees for the United States Figure Skating Association as well as the Professional Skater’s Association and is a member of the Medical Advisory Board for American Ballet Theatre. Formerly, she served as President of the Board of the Southwest Women’s Law Center and on the Education Committee for the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Dr. Silby has served as a spokesperson and consultant to the American Girl Company and is completing her second book with the company. She is a speaker for the US Department of State Sports United program. She has been a contributing writer to Sports Illustrated, Pointe Magazine, CheerProfessional and is an expert advisor to Faith Popcorn’s BRAINRESERVE, Center for Sports Parenting and Title IX Sports.

In her role as a featured speaker for SportsUnited, a US Department of State program, Dr. Silby has worked with basketball, tennis and soccer athletes and coaches from Morocco, Swaziland, Australia, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Colombia.

Dr. Silby is also a curriculum creator for Winning Play$, a financial education program for high school students, focusing on the psychological, emotional, and behavioral aspects of money. The program won the U.S. Department of Education’s Excellence in Economic Education Award in 2010. She also serves on the Advisory Board for FabLab, a Fox television series, aimed at encouraging girls to become engaged in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Dr. Silby is a sought-after expert and has appeared on numerous radio and television programs including the Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, Tru-Television, ABC-Wide World of Sports, Oxygen Television, NPR and the Mitch Albom Show. She resides in Annapolis, Maryland where she has an active national practice.


Hormones, Mood and the Female Brain with Meeka Centimano

August 10, 2018

Women are more at risk for anxiety, depression and other mood disorders. Meeka shares why this might occur and how our biology has an impact.



  • Statistically speaking, women tend to struggle with depression more than men. Meeka shares the reasons behind this and speaks further on how hormones affect the female brain.


  • Estrogen is a big part of this dynamic. The female brain really likes estrogen and appetite, mood, sleep, sex drive and pain levels, can be affected by a fluctuation in it.


  • There is a difference between the diagnosis of anxiety, and living anxiously. Meeka shares how we are using the word anxiety and how this looks different.


  • We have to get everything done! And if we don’t do it, it won’t get done! Meeka shares how this over functioning could be a coping tool and is serving a purpose in mood regulation.                                                                                                                                                                           

So You Know She Is Legit…

Meeka is a Licensed Specialist in Clinical Social Work that has been considered the pioneer in the Kansas City area in advocating for those pregnancy and postpartum related depression and anxiety. And she was the first to establish a specialty practice in 2008. She strongly believes in the power of story to teach others about the struggles families face. She often uses her personal story and the collected stories of families that she has worked with since 2003. It helps others to see perinatal issues through the lens of both mother and professional. Her style is to infuse her work with warmth and humor. And her goal is to engage clients and the community with her candid approach. Most importantly she aims to leave people informed and inspired.

Her work and advocacy for families have been featured in:

Parents Magazine, Adoptive Families Magazine, The Kansas City Star, M Magazine, Fit Pregnancy and National Public Radio.


To Connect with Meeka:


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/centimanocounseling/











Aj Mendez shares how “Crazy is her super POWER” on PHIT for a Queen podcast

August 3, 2018

Aj Mendez shares how “Crazy is her super POWER” on PHIT for a Queen podcast:


  1. So excited to share how Turning crazy into a superpower book is now a TV series.
  2. Wants to normalize and educate on mental health specifically bipolar.
  3. Got her start on WWE by paying for an audition
  4. AJ’s role models of women were strong, powerful ladies.
  5. Sometimes keeping your script to yourself can be a selfish thing.
  6. Sharing your story can be freeing.

You can find AJ and her superpowers at:


So you know she is legit:

New York Times Bestselling Author, Former Wrestling Champion

AJ Mendez is the New York Times Bestselling author of Crazy Is My Superpower: How I Triumphed by Breaking Bones, Breaking Hearts, and Breaking the Rules. She is a mental health advocate and animal rights activist, currently serving as an ambassador for the nonprofit organizations NAMI, The JED Foundation, The ASPCA, and Girls Make Games. A former professional wrestler with the WWE under the ring name AJ Lee, she has won three championships and numerous awards, as well as inspired a generation of young girls to wear sensible shoes. AJ has been made into several video game characters and action figures, all with substantially exaggerated body measurements. In her spare time, she enjoys comic books, video games, and internet videos of unusual animal friendships. She is currently working with the producers of the Genius franchise to turn Crazy is My Superpower into a TV series, which she will write and executive produce. Follow AJ on Twitter and Instagram at @TheAJMendez .



Getting Real about the Fitness Industry with Katherine Hughey

July 27, 2018

Katherine Hughey is a former fitness competitor and recovered eating disorder athlete, who gets real about the dark side of the fitness industry and how she is changing these messages!


  • Katherine discusses how gyms and the fitness industry has in a way, lost its mission. The stereotypes that the fitness industry is encouraging is a barrier to living a healthy lifestyle
  • We tackle and chat about the messages that the fitness industry is perpetuating that are unattainable, unrealistic and damaging.
  • How do we fix this? We need to step up in the fitness industry, be accountable, and speak out about what is not working.


So you know she’s legit:

Katherine Hughey is a former fitness competitor and recovered eating disorder athlete. As an ACE certified Group Fitness instructor and ACE certified Personal Trainer, Katherine works with patient care teams to integrate health-focused and body-positive solutions into lifestyle plans that stress the importance of intuitive exercise. She is committed to the increased recognition of exercise professionals for their distinct roles in medical, health, fitness, and sports performance fields. Most recently, Katherine served as the Executive Director of the Coalition for the Registration of Exercise Professionals (CREP). Katherine is a certified BODYCOMBAT, BODYPUMP, CXWORX, SPRINT, and GRIT Les Mills, instructor.


Katherine and Tr1be Fitness Check Out:






Twitter @tr1befitness

Beth Jessop shares why she created “Sports Moms United” and her passion for youth athletics.

July 20, 2018

Beth Jessop shares why she created "Sports Moms United" and her passion for youth athletics.


  1. The mission is to raise physically fit, & mentally fit young athletes.
  2. Bring together this community of Moms to support each other.
  3. Shares her story of lost identity after sport and how she wants to support others.
  4. IT is our responsibility as a parent to show up with "Positive Energy"
  5. Best words you can say to your athlete as a parent is " I love watching you play"


Where you can find Beth and Sports Moms United