Phit for a Queen: A Female Athlete Podcast
Nancy Clark shares on PHIT for a Queen what to expect in the 6th edition of her Sports Nutrition guidebook as to what things change and was things stay the same.

Nancy Clark shares on PHIT for a Queen what to expect in the 6th edition of her Sports Nutrition guidebook as to what things change and was things stay the same.

September 27, 2019

Nancy Clark shares on PHIT for a Queen what to expect in the 6th edition of her Sports Nutrition guidebook as to what things change and was things stay the same.


  • It is a whole another food culture we live in
  • Help athletes under the controversy
  • The ultimate goal is to make sure an athlete’s muscles are well-fueled
  • We forget about whole food comes in a whole matrix & synergistic compounds
  • Keep the recipes simple- 6 ingredients or less, nothing strange & easy to prepare.
  • Be responsible with your nutrition just as you would with your training.
  • Put the structure back into your meals
  • Food is Fuel, hunger is a request for fuel
  • Recipes focus on how to use popular food trends such as chia seeds.



Mental Health Advocate, Olympic Gold Medalist Samantha Livingstone

Mental Health Advocate, Olympic Gold Medalist Samantha Livingstone

September 20, 2019


At 18 years of age, Samantha won a gold medal but that was only the start of her journey as an athlete and mental health advocate. She shares with us how she went about shattering her perfectionist armor and how she is supporting athletes to do the same. nt leaders.


* Samantha was 18 years old when she won her Olympic Gold Medal.  She shares with us about this experience and the mentors she had along the way.  Her first passion was soccer but she got that medal in swimming!

* At 13 years of age, Samantha’s mom picked up on some behaviors that she noticed that Samantha was not happy in the sport environment that led her to leave a toxic sport club and move on to better! 

* Hitting the pinnacle of her career at 18, Samantha showed up at college to swim with a case of imposter syndrome struggling with overwhelming emotions and disordered eating.

* Through a critical event in her daughter’s life, she shares how she had to let her perfectionist armor shatter to figure out how to move forward, tolerate uncertainty, and cope with anxiety.

*   Samantha is back in the athletic arena with the goal to build an empowered village where all athletes feel safe, supported and seen! 

You Know She is Legit:

Samantha Arsenault Livingstone is an Olympic Gold Medalist, high-performance consultant, mental performance coach, speaker, educator and entrepreneur. She is the founder of Livingstone High Performance, LLC., and two, multi-module online courses, the Rise Free Academy and Ride the Wave: A Bootcamp to Strengthen Our Emotional Agility — inspiring, empowering and equipping athletes, coaches and female leaders with the skills they need to become more mindful, courageous, resilient leaders.

In addition to private and group coaching, Samantha consults with teams and organizations on athlete wellness initiatives, leadership, strategic planning, rising skills and developing high-performance cultures. She is a certified instructor of Mindful Sport Performance Enhancement (MSPE) and as of September 1, 2019, will be a certified instructor of Mental Health First Aid.

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Samantha and her husband, Rob, live in the Berkshires with their four girls.


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“They are more than JUST athletes.” Dr. Claire-Marie Roberts shares on PHIT for a Queen

“They are more than JUST athletes.” Dr. Claire-Marie Roberts shares on PHIT for a Queen

September 13, 2019

Dr. Claire-Marie Roberts shares on PHIT for a Queen why it is important for her athletes to know “They are more than JUST athletes.


  • Her experience as a swimmer helped her experience sports psychology first hand.


  • Sports psychology even though she knew was her passion ended up being a second career however her experience as a civil engineer helped her navigate a male-dominated field.


  • She has created an interdisciplinary approach focusing her efforts on the staff that works with the athletes treating them holistically and compassionately.


  • Many female athletes felt they had to postpone motherhood until they were done with their athletic career.


  • Women now are showing that you can come back to sport after having a child.


  • Society expectations, physical difficulties and no guarantees all make the return to sport difficult for female athletes.


  • For professional athletes’ pregnancy is treated in the same manner as a doping violation.


  • There needs to be more education regarding how to get athletes back to sport after giving birth. 


The Exercising Female

Twitter- @robertscm

Women in Sport & Exercise-@WISE_AN



So you know she is legit:


Claire-Marie is a Visiting Research Fellow in Sport & Exercise Psychology. She combines her academic work with her role at 

The Premier League, managing Coach, and Football Manager development. Other examples of her roles in high-performance sport involve working with national governing bodies of sport, professional sports teams, individual athletes, their parents, coaches and sports scientists. She has helped prepare a number of athletes and teams for international competitions including the Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games. Her role as a British Olympic Association Psychologist at the London 2012 Olympics was to date, her career highlight.

Her experiences of working with athletes reflect her research interests that include sport neuropsychology (specifically concussion and traumatic brain injury), career transitions in elite sport, visual behavior in sport performance and women in sport. She specializes in working with elite adolescent athletes and their parents and is one of the U.K.'s first sport psychology specialists trained to deliver Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy.
Claire-Marie is a non-executive board director of UK Anti-Doping, founder of the Women in Sport Academic Network (WISEAN), a member of the Women in Sport Research Action Group, a TASS Registered Psychologist and STEM Ambassador. ​



Should I Go on the Pill? Physiology in the Female Athlete with Dr. Elliot-Sale

Should I Go on the Pill? Physiology in the Female Athlete with Dr. Elliot-Sale

September 6, 2019

Hormonal contraception and how it is used for the female athlete can be confusing with controversial opinions. Dr. Elliot-Sale joins us to clear things up on this topic!


  • Sale discusses the use of hormonal contraception in the female athlete, where is the place for it and when it should be used.
  • Sale did research in the UK looking at why female athletes were using hormonal birth control and results showed that many were using it to manipulate their cycle. 10:20
  • If you continue to use BCP year on year without break, that it may disrupt hormonal homeostasis.
  • If you have someone with low energy availability, the body is clever and it will stop the period which is a great early marker for something being off. If you are on hormonal contraception we lose that early warning sign.
  • There are many variations in hormones in birth control options and there could be different side effects with the female athlete depending on what type she is on. Education for the athletes is much needed!


You Know She’s Legit:


Dr. Elliott-Sale completed her undergraduate degree and Ph.D. [Exercise Physiology] at Liverpool John Moores University. Her Ph.D. examined the effects of female reproductive hormones on muscle strength and since then her work has mainly focused on female athletes. She worked as a Lecturer at Brunel University and the University of Brighton before undertaking a four-year Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at Kings College London. Dr Elliott-Sale joined Nottingham Trent University (NTU) in September 2009. In addition to her research on female athletes [the Female Athlete Triad and Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport], her work in recent years has involved designing exercise interventions for weight management in overweight and obese pregnant and postpartum women. She is an Associate Professor [Reader] of Female Physiology and the Head of the Musculoskeletal Physiology Research Group at NTU

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Dr. Elliot-Sale is a huge fan of 261 Fearless and so are we! If you haven’t heard of this organization, check it out!

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