You made the team.
Now, let's lead the team.
As an athlete, you want to be at the top of your game, and that means going beyond practice to work on your health, nutrition, and your inner game. To be the best, you have to eat well, sleep well, and develop habits that set you apart from the rest.
Athletes eat. In fact, a solid nutrition plan is often what takes an athlete from good to great. But who has the time to plan meals, shop for groceries, and create healthy meals? You barely have time to finish your schoolwork, go to practice, lift, and MAYBE hang out with family or friends. Working with a professional health coach takes the guesswork out of what to eat when to eat and how much you need. And you cannot follow what your guy friends are eating. Female athletes need different foods to fuel their bodies for peak performance.
Stop trying to do it on your own.
Have you ever 'choked'? Hit the wall? Bonked? Let fear take over? Hit a performance plateau?
You're not alone. Most of the time when we 'fail', it has nothing to do with our physical abilities. It has more to do with the messages in our heads, the lies we've believed and the voices that keep us stuck. No amount of yelling, motivation or punishment will fix it.
This isn't counseling. It's coaching and together we'll move FORWARD and THROUGH it
There's nothing like working together as a team. Together you win, together you lose. You form a bond that's indescribable and make memories you'll have the rest of your life.
Be even better when you work with a professional nutrition and performance coach. Help your parents know what foods to bring to weekend tournaments. Help your coaches focus on the sport while you let ME focus on the habits and nutrition practices that take your team to the top.
We can create meal options for the road, snack suggestions, optimal hydration and more.
Your food choices don't have to be perfect, but they can be better.
Nutrition for the female athlete is as important as her training. It is as critical for performance as strength & conditioning, drills, reps, trust, and teamwork.
If you want to move to the front edge of your sport, improving your habits and nutrition will help you get there...guaranteed.
Meet Your Coach
From player, to trainer, to coach.
I put on my first team uniform at 7 years old and never looked back. From the softball field, basketball and volleyball courts to outdoor running and Spartan racing, female athletics is in my blood.
Now as a trainer and professional coach, I work hard to listen and hear the story beneath the story so we can dig into the driving forces behind your goals.
And I help you eat better. There's just no escaping it. Nutrition and lifestyle set apart the good athlete from the great athlete.
I will push, but never force you to take the action steps in front of you. There will be times of discomfort and stretching, balanced with large doses of encouragement and 'can-do, kick-ass' attitude. I strongly believe that after working with me, you'll be stronger both inside and out.
"Leslie joins deep technical expertise with empathy and life experience that make every piece of feedback meaningful and applicable."
L. Knight, Coaching Client
Why it Matters
health, sport, life
These four track athletes stood on the state podium in both team and individual events. Not only did they put in the work on the track, they put a focus on their nutrition. And yes! The one on the bottom left is my own daughter. And three of the four girls went on to compete at the college level.
Sarah grew up as a gymnast and didn't start Spartan racing until her kids were older when she was able to give time and attention to the sport. By focusing on small improvments to her nutrition, we were able to help her perform better, increase her endurance and improve her overall health.
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Let's get real
If we were really honest...
Too many female athletes are starving themselves.
Too many female athletes are drinking too much.
Too many female athletes are exhausted.
You're experiencing unusual and drastic mood swings.
Your period is irregular, too heavy, or absent.
You're losing hair.
You're hungry ALL the time.
You're NEVER hungry anymore.
'Food' comes from packaged bars and energy drinks.
You're tired all the time.
You're SICK too often.
Injuries plague you.
You've forgotten how much you actually ENJOY your sport.
We're hearing too many stories of female athletes who are asked to look a certain way, prompting weigh-ins from well-meaning coaches.
Female athletes of all ages are bombarded with social expectations to not only perform well, but look good doing it...and that means staying a certain size, preferably smaller.
And we're paying a HEAVY price.
Let's team up and add a professional health and nutrition coach to your team. Let me do the work while you focus on your sport.
I would love to say I've always been focused on my nutrition, especially since I've been an athlete all my life. But, I was just like you and your teammates...BUSY. I was a year-round, multi-sport athlete, musician and scholar-athlete. I took a full load of advanced classes, went to practices after school, did homework, had a social life, and hit repeat.
Breakfast was often a piece of toast or a pop-tart on the way to school washed down with orange juice.
Lunch was an apple with some peanut butter and honey from the a la carte line and maybe some milk. No joke.
Practice was after school from 2:30 - 5:00 pm with weightlifting in PE class (thank you, state of Illinois for keeping mandatory PE).
Home for dinner around 6:00 pm when I ate everything I could find, plus more.
This is NO way for an athlete to eat. Not only for sport but for life.
I've learned a LOT since those days and raised two daughters who were serious competitors in their own sport.
My goal is to help YOU reach your highest level as an individual AND as a team. Not only as a female athlete but as a person who will live a strong, healthy, and meaningful life no matter how long you compete.
"Somewhere behind the athlete you've become and the hours of practice and the coaches who have pushed you is a little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back... play for her."
Coach, It's your turn
For Coaches of Athletes
Bill Gates once said, "Everyone needs a coach. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a basketball player, a tennis player, a gymnast or a bridge player.” And I would add, "or a coach."
Because nobody just 'gets better.' I know you understand. After all, people come to YOU for coaching, instruction, form checks, and training and when they're done, they're better because of working with you.