Book Review: ROAR

Book Review

ROAR: How to match your food and fitness to you female physiology for optimum performance, great health, and a strong, lean body for life.

Find the book on Amazon here.

The author, Stacy Sims, PhD., is an exercise physiologist and nutrition scientist who specializes in the differences between men and women.

Her running mantra,“Women are not small men” completely sums up her entire book, which clearly illustrates why women are different.  She also details out HOW to eat, hydrate, and train in a way that supports female fitness.

Her book is split up into three different parts:

  1. What it means to be women on the move
  2. Your female fitness foundation
  3. Your plan for peak performance

I can honestly say every chapter, or better yet, every other page was literally mind blowing!

Stacy touches on ALL female fitness-related topics including monthly cycles, pregnancy, and menopause.  She also explains how each aspect plays a role in our food choices, exercise performance, and body composition.

Absolutely amazing stuff!

Part 1: What it means to be a women on the move

Women on the Move

Ever wonder why women can KILL a 10k, but suffer through suicide drills?  

Do you know why recovery for women takes longer than men?

Stacy explains all this and more by simply looking at the physical attributes of women – mainly their muscle fibers and hormones.

Did you know women are at peak performance on Day 1 of their cycle?  Leading up to Day 1 if your not at your best, Stacy explains what natural remedies to take to ensure you’re at your best.

You know the old saying…”Your metabolism slows down as you get older”?  Well it’s completely FALSE!

Mind = BLOWN!

Believe it or not, it’s all due to hormones and the changes your body goes through as you age.  Stacy dedicates a whole chapter to this is her book and it literally could have been a book on its own.

I think by now, the whole not working out while your pregnant myth has pretty much dissolved, but again, Stacy knocks this one outta the park.

Part II: Your female fitness foundation

Female Fitness
Train Hard

Once you get it…women are NOT small men.  Now what?

Stacy doesn’t leave you hanging.

She breaks down the female body type and explains how each body type should eat.

Full figured?

Long torso with short arms and legs?

Gain muscle easily?

Stacy’s got you figured out before you do!

She’s got the nutrition timing down depending on what body type you resonate with.

She also has about two chapters dedicated solely to exercises specifically for women that are designed to prevent injury.

Cuz…you got it…Women are not small men.

Part III: Your plan for peak performance

Even if you’re not a marathon runner, a triathlon athlete, or in a competitive sport, this section still has relevant material for everyone.

The most mind blowing, as if this whole book didn’t do the job, and certainly unforgettable, is the one on hydration.


Water…yeah we all know.  Drink one gallon of water a day.

Not necessarily…


Dare I say it again.  Women are not small men.

Well, in this case, hydration probably applies to men too, but I just wanted to say it again.

Plain water actually DEHYDRATES you!

Stacy describes this all in detail in the book, but essentially, you need to add a pinch of salt to your water.  This helps the water to ACTUALLY hydrate your body.


This book is amazing!

I learned so much about myself and about the typical struggles of women.

It finally sets the record straight for female fitness.  Our struggles weren’t struggles at all, it’s just that the benchmark wasn’t right.

Get Your Copy

If you want to read the book and really understand female fitness better, you can find the book on Amazon here.

This is not only for women!

If you are a personal trainer who trains women…get the book!

Read any good books lately?

I love reading books, especially ones about health, fitness, and eating well.  Books are a great, free way to learn, stay informed, and get motivated.

This book is next on my reading list.

Please comment below and let me know of a great book you’re reading or have read.

A great book owns its right to the bookshelf forever!

Thanks for sharing.

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