About the episode:

Gwen Sisto, Olympic Weight Lifting championIn this episode of the Thrivalist Manifesto, Ben V and DrG interview MIT educated Rocket Scientist (slash) record breaking Olympic weightlifter.  Gwen is an accomplished author, entrepreneur, coach, wife and mother.  

Gwen gives us insight on what it is to be a female athlete in a sport dominated by men for 1,000’s of years.  Gwen is an aeronautical engineer who pioneered the sport of Olympic weight lifting for women.

Here are some of the highlights from our interview with Gwen Sisto.

  • How does  a background in math and physics contribute to a training edge.
  • Can lifting weights impact my long term brain health
  • What can we  learn about training from the old Soviet Union
  • How did the cold war cause a divergence of sports science between the West and the East with effects still seen today.  It’s amazing how things don’t change.
  • Why does Gwen have a minimalist approach to training.
  • Who knew there were new Innovations in one of the world’s oldest sports.
  • Where is growth in weight lifting coming from.  Seniors? children?
  • Does weightlifting contribute to a better sympathetic nervous system.
  • Anti-aging effects of weight lifting.
  • Sexism in fitness and what role can weightlifting play
  • Love hate relationship between weightlifting and crossfit.  
  • Auxiliary exercises to supplement weight lifting technique
  • Would you weight lift during  all 3 trimesters of your pregnancy

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