Phit for a Queen: A Female Athlete Podcast
Health is not a number on the scale

Health is not a number on the scale

April 16, 2021


Sam Abbott is a registered dietitian nutritionist who helps those with PCOS ditch diets, improve insulin resistance, and balance hormones without feeling guilty or stressed about food. She runs the Instagram account @pcos.nutritionist where she gives free tips and support around PCOS nutrition education and also runs the PCOS Freedom Program – a complete program for improving hormone balance without a side of diet culture or weight stigma. Sam is passionate about empowering people with PCOS with the knowledge they need to improve their hormone imbalances and live their happiest, healthiest lives without dieting. 

"I became interested in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) after seeing client after client struggle with symptoms. I share in my clients’ frustrations when they are handed a prescription for birth control and metformin, and then they are told they need to lose weight. The “lose weight” advice is a distraction from discussing how hormones can be balanced through diet, lifestyle, and supplements."

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So you know she's legit:

  • BS in Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise, Virginia Tech
  • MSEd in Health Education, Virginia Tech
  • Didactic Program in Dietetics, University of Alabama
  • Dietetic Internship, Utah State University
  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
  • Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist, State of North Carolina
  • In progress – working towards my Intuitive Eating certification!
Dr. Jen Welter talks women in Football

Dr. Jen Welter talks women in Football

April 2, 2021

Dr. Jen Welter


NFL's First Female Coach I Speaker I GrrridIron Girls Founder I First Female Coach in Madden I First Female Running Back in Men's Pro Football I Author IMotion and Emotion Pioneer

Dr. Jen Welter is a groundbreaking, barrier-busting force of nature. She is a female trailblazer, a sports pioneer, Ph.D., passionate leader, world-renowned speaker, entrepreneur, and source of inspiration around the globe. Her relentless pursuit of individual excellence and success in challenging the status quo time and time again, fuels her current drive to help others achieve their best in sports, health and wellness, professional pursuits, and life.

She is driven by the belief that "Greatness is a choice you make over and over. And when you choose personal greatness-big or small-it becomes a part of who you are." In every realm she tackles, Dr. Jen is a game-changer, bringing vision, power, and purpose to her mission of breaking the chains of what has alwaysbeen and redefining what is and will be.

She tackled her football career with fearless tenacity and an unprecedented track record of pioneering firsts. Building on her remarkable career in women's football, which included 2 Gold medals with Team USA, 4 World Championships, and 8 All-Star selections, Dr. Jen busted into the men's game, as the first female running back signed to a men's professional team. Blending her passion for the game with a powerful, unique communication style, she broke through the biggest boys club of all, the NFL, as the first female coach in the league and the Madden NFL 20 video game. Crystallizing her journey into a playbook for overall success, she published "Play Big, Lessons in Living Limitless from the First Woman to Coach in the NFL."

Not content to stop there, Dr. Jen's belief in the power of sport to transform society inspired her to create sustainable platforms and inclusive programs to help women become leaders, give girls access, and empower kids to overcome challenges through physical, emotional, and social well being. She foundedGrrridiron Girls, the first national movement for girls in flag football. She has been honored and quoted by President Obama as a female pioneer and role model. She has coached everyone from kids in sports camps to C-level executives, on how finding your voice and having fearless conversations can fuel positivechange.

When the Coronavirus pandemic hit, she teamed with Creative Director and Founder of Jayne Agency, Brooke Foley to create the Critter Fitter book series, the world's first social, emotional, and physical wellness series for young kids. Covering themes ranging from social distancing and mask-wearing to resilience and wellness through movement, Critter Fitter offers a holistic platform for parents and children to solve a range of complex problems, giving youth a voice throughconversations, tools, and experiences.

Dr. Jen's message of overcoming life's obstacles with grit, tenacity, and limitless possibility has received worldwide acclaim, by audiences ranging from global companies and top schools to brands, nonprofits, and professional sports teams.

Eat in a way that supports your physiology, training, and lifestyle.

Eat in a way that supports your physiology, training, and lifestyle.

April 2, 2021


Heidi is a Registered Sports Dietitian (RD/RDN), Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD), and Metabolic Efficiency Training Specialist (METS), with a Master’s in Sports Nutrition (MSc) from Liverpool John Moores University in England. Although she is based in Seattle, WA, she works virtually with athletes worldwide. Heidi specializes in endurance athletes, female athletes, plant-based athletes, RED-S & amenorrhea. 

Heidi believes that all foods fit, and loves educating and empowering her clients to eat in a way that supports their physiology, training, and lifestyle, brings them joy, and makes them feel confident and powerful, and ultimately optimizes not only performance but overall health and well-being. 

Heidi brings her personal experience into her practice, including years spent as a high-level endurance athlete, as well as her own struggle with an eating disorder and amenorrhea in an athletic world where disordered eating behaviors and body types are normalized. 

Heidi continues to compete at a high level in trail racing and ultra-distance events. She also loves snowshoe racing, cross country skiing, road and mountain biking, and doing anything and everything in the mountains. SHe does not go a day without a strong cup of coffee, and her favorite foods are peanut butter, dark chocolate, spicy Mexican food, donuts, sushi, and smoothie bowls. 

So you know she's legit:

Registered Sports Dietitian (RD/RDN)

Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD)

Metabolic Efficiency Training Specialist (METS)

Master’s in Sports Nutrition (MSc) from Liverpool John Moores University in England

Connect with Heidi:

Instagram: @hkstrickler_sportsrd


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The Kansas City Dietitian

The Kansas City Dietitian

March 19, 2021


Bethany Frazier, MS, RD, LDN is the owner of the Kansas City Dietitian, a private nutrition practice that specializes in digestive wellness, hormones and healthy living. 

Before returning to school to be a dietitian she received a bachelor's degree in sports management. Bethany holds a bachelor's degree in dietetics from the University of Central Missouri. She went on to complete her Registered Dietitian internship and master's degree in food and nutrition at Bowling Green State University. Bethany was a collegiate volleyball and cross country athlete. She still enjoys running in her free time and is looking forward to future coaching opportunities with her husband and 3 small children. 



So you know she's legit:

Central Missouri State University

Bachelors of Science, Dietetics

2011 – 2012

Moody Bible Institute

BA, Sports Management

2006 – 2008



Defining positive thinking with Amanda Clements

Defining positive thinking with Amanda Clements

March 5, 2021


Amanda Clements is a Certified Professional Coach who specializes in teaching and training the mental aspects of sports. She helps athletes perform under pressure, overcome disappointments, handle stress, and increase their emotional intelligence. Her "whole life" approach can also address those who feel they are lacking direction, purpose, motivation, organization, passion, or life balance.  She has experience working with teams and individuals from club sports up to the professional level and uses mental performance techniques to help her clients achieve their desired goals.

Amanda’s twenty-year sports career includes competing as a Division I gymnast and playing defensive back for Washington DC’s semi-pro, women’s football team. It was her own, emotional struggle with transitioning out of competition that ultimately led her to combine her coaching practice with her love of sports. She now finds purpose in helping other athletes excel during their competitive careers, as well as navigate the transition into life thereafter.

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So you know she's legit:


iPEC Coaching


2009 - 2010

Certified Professional Coach

Energy Leadership Index - Master Practitioner

Core Performance Dynamics Specialist


Towson University

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) - Sociology and Anthropology - Summa Cum Laude

2003 - 2007

Division | Gymnastics Team

Studen-Athlete Advisory Committee

National Society of Collegiate Scholars

Golden Key Internation Honour Society

Darkness to Light

Darkness to Light

February 26, 2021


Darkness to Light is the leading child sexual abuse prevention organization in the United States. We empower adults to help prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.

We are working toward a world free of child sexual abuse where adults have the courage to protect kids.

Through a combination of research, education, and community advocacy, we use a social behavior change approach to pioneer new training initiatives that bring child sexual abuse prevention to the attention of the broader cultural conversation. Our work empowers adults and organizations to bring best-practices in child safety to their own communities.

Our Approach

Darkness to Light is a leader in child sexual abuse prevention and uses the power of behavior change to protect children.

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Our Education

Child sexual abuse prevention starts with knowledge and awareness of the problem. Adult education is key.

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Our Research

Research broadens our understanding of how abuse occurs and can help us better prevent it.

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Our Advocacy

Through the use of advocacy strategies, we empower caregivers, community leaders, government officials, and the media to motivate their communities to take preventive actions.

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Whether you are trying to prevent abuse from happening, or you are concerned a child you know is being abused, there are resources available to help.

If you believe a child is in immediate danger report to authorities or child protective services. If you want any other one-on-one help in determining how to respond appropriately, call the Darkness to Light Helpline at 1-866-FOR-LIGHT or text LIGHT to 741741.

For more information on Preventing, Identifying, and/or Reporting Abuse click here.






The Injured Athletes Club

The Injured Athletes Club

February 12, 2021

The Injured Athletes Club


Injuries affect nearly every athlete, and the impact is mental as much as it is physical. Right now, you’re likely feeling isolated, disconnected from your team or training partners. You’re stressed out by dealing with this setback—and at the same time, robbed of one of your main coping mechanisms. You may even be feeling a loss of identity—who am I if I can’t train, compete, or move my body in the way I’m used to?

We’re here to tell you: You’re still an athlete. You’re not alone in feeling this way. And you have a critical advantage: All the time, skills, and energy that have propelled you forward in your sport can also help you overcome this setback.


Carrie Jackson Cheadle lives just north of San Francisco, California, and has been working on the performance of teams, organizations, and individual athletes and exercisers since 2002.

So you know she's legit:

She is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology and author of the book On Top of Your Game: Mental Skills to Maximize Your Athletic Performance and co-author of Rebound: Train Your Mind to Bounce Back Stronger from Sports Injuries as well as the co-host of the podcast The Injured Athletes Club.

She has been interviewed as an expert resource for articles that have appeared in publications such as Outside Magazine, Shape Magazine, Men’s Fitness, Women’s Health, Runner’s World, Women’s Running Magazine, Bicycling Magazine, New York Times, and HuffingtonPost. She is a sought-after speaker and has spoken and consulted with many collegiate teams, cycling teams, and triathlon teams, as well as corporate organizations including CamelBak. She’s also been featured in the TrainingPeaks blog and webinar series as an expert in Mental Skills Training.

Carrie has worked with athletes of all ages and at every level, from recreational athletes to elite and professional athletes competing at national and international levels. Carrie also specializes in working with athletes and exercisers with Type I Diabetes and she’s the director of the Mental Skills Training Program for Diabetes Training Camp.

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology at Sonoma State University and her Master of Arts degree in sport psychology at John F. Kennedy University. Carrie has taught both undergraduate and graduate levels for psychology classes and is currently adjunct faculty for John F. Kennedy University.


Cindy Kuzma is a freelance writer, author, and podcaster in Chicago. She first moved there to earn her master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Once she saw the Lakefront Trail, she decided to stay. There, she’s trained for and completed 22 marathons, including seven in Boston.

Her six years working for medical journals taught her the way around a research paper; now, she’s fascinated by exercise science and how findings in the lab can help everyday athletes improve their performance, prevent injury, and live healthier lives. She also writes frequently about elite runners and Paralympic competitors; everyday athletes accomplishing extraordinary things; and the active community in Chicago, where winter forges deep bonds between those brave enough to train through it.

So you know she's legit:

Cindy writes regularly for Runner’s World, Chicago magazine, Women’s Running magazine, SELF, and more. She’s also written for Men’s Health, Furthermore, University of Illinois alumni publications, The New York TimesOutside online,, EatingWell, Women’s HealthPreventionSELF, VICE, USA Today magazines, and many other digital and print outlets.

Her latest book Rebound: Train Your Mind to Bounce Back Stronger from Sports Injuries, with mental skills coach Carrie Jackson Cheadle, is out now from Bloomsbury Sport. Together, they host The Injured Athletes Club podcast and moderate The Injured Athletes Club Facebook group.

Cindy is also the co-author, with her husband Matt Kuzma, of Marathon Spectator Guide—aimed to help those who, like Matt, tirelessly follow their runners around 26.2-mile courses—and also contributed to The Superfood Swap: The 4-Week Plan to Eat What You Crave Without the C.R.A.P., by Dawn Jackson Blatner, R.D.N.

She’s a member of The American Society of Journalists and Authors. And, she’s certified as a running coach by the Road Runners Club of America and USA Track & Field (Level 1).

Keeping You In The Game For Life

Keeping You In The Game For Life

January 15, 2021


Like many of my patients, I saw doctor after doctor and tried many different treatments. I got fed up with taking medications that either made me feel worse or didn’t fix the issue. I tried tons of different supplements and spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on doctor's appointments. It’s exhausting and extremely frustrating when everybody seems to have an answer, but nobody ever really makes any of the symptoms go away.

I’ve also watched as family members and friends go through this very same, frustrating process. Eventually, it becomes pretty clear that the way medicine is looking at chronic health problems just isn’t working.

When I reached this realization, I found Chiropractic and Functional Medicine. I knew I needed something that was different than conventional medicine. I knew I needed to look deeper into what I was doing with my lifestyle and nutrition that was contributing to the symptoms I was feeling. I knew I needed to find what was causing my symptoms, not just treat them on the surface.


I am now a Chiropractic and Functional Medicine physician. I look at how the body moves (or the lack of movement in some cases) and I combine that with taking a deeper look and functional approach to the body’s internal systems. Your body tells a story on the inside and outside. By utilizing both Chiropractic and Functional Medicine I have seen incredible life-changing improvements with my patients.


So you know she’s legit:


University of Western States


University of Western States


Human Biology, University of Western States


Psychology and Neuroscience Major, Spanish Major; University of Colorado at Boulder

Restore and Release with Katie Brown

Restore and Release with Katie Brown

January 1, 2021


Katie is a KCMO area yoga instructor with a passion for astrology, philosophy, and all things meta-physical. She learned to love her body again through yoga after a challenging two year stint in the world of competitive fitness. Her passion for yoga led her to self-study on a three week solo-adventure to Bali and eventually to Asheville, North Carolina where she received her 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher certification in 2017 at the Asheville Yoga Center.

With a background in body-building and physical fitness she understands both the anatomy of the body and the societal pressures put on it. She teaches both vinyasa style yoga, infusing the energetics of astrology into each class, as well as the more passive “yin yoga” in which she received additional certification in 2019. She teaches a style of yoga that focuses on cultivating a loving and compassionate conversation with the body. The goal in every class, whether active or passive, is to become present with the breath. She believes that it is with the breath that we connect through the body and to the spirit. 

You can find Katie teaching mostly online these days with offerings such as yin yoga, astrology-themed flows and seasonal yoga malas through True Love Yoga and Hagoyah. You can find her in person one day a week, socially distanced and masked on the mat on Saturday mornings at Hagoyah! She also offers a once monthly “Restore and Release,” a monthly self-care reset, via her own platform! To learn more about Katie and her offerings you can connect with her on social media @kbkcyoga or through her website

So you know she's legit:

Katie Brown is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance, which acknowledges the completion of a yoga teacher training with a Registered Yoga School (RYS).


Movement is the Medicine

Movement is the Medicine

December 18, 2020


An enthusiast for movement, Michelle Laging became a fitness instructor and worked part-time for both 24-Hour Fitness and Curves in 2003. After shadowing a few Physical Therapists, it became obvious that this was the path she needed to pursue to fulfill her professional needs. Michelle graduated from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in 2008 as a Doctor of Physical Therapy and began her career at Denver Health Medical Center in the late fall of 2008.

"My 10-years of experience in inpatient care at Denver Health has been robust and extremely rewarding.  Knit within the fabric of my experience on the orthopedic unit, medical-surgical units, and acute rehabilitation, was the development and delivery of Physical Therapy services to individuals with eating disorders.  The past 3-years were solely dedicated to the unique needs of these individuals admitted for medical stabilization at the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders by Denver Health. As I reflect back on my wonderful experience at Denver Health, I can truly say that my work both on the ACUTE unit and the acute rehabilitation unit allowed me to live my dream to “make a difference in people’s lives”.


So you know she's legit:

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
University of Colorado at Denver (Aurora, CO) June 2005 – May 2008

Post-Baccalaureate Coursework (Physical Therapy Pre-Requisites) University of Colorado at Denver (Denver, CO)
June 2003 – May 2005

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) Ball State University (Muncie, IN)
August 1992 – May 1997

Professional Experience
Healthbreak Inc., State of Colorado Wellness Center (Denver, CO) Yoga Instructor
October 2003 - January 2008

24Hour Fitness (Denver, CO) Group Exercise Instructor
June 2003 – April 2007

Davis Partnership Architects (Denver, CO) Landscape Architect
June 1997 - May 2005

Denver Health (Denver, CO)
Staff Physical Therapist, Inpatient Rehabilitation Services November 2008 – May 2016

Eating Recovery Center (Denver, CO) PRN Physical Therapist
October 2016 – May 2016

ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders by Denver Health (Denver, CO) Lead ACUTE Physical Therapist
May 2016 – February 2019
PRN Physical Therapist

March 2019 - present

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