Better Everyday Podcast | Jim Laird on Training Women, Stress & Not Needing Crisis To Make Change

Episode #13: Jim Laird on Training Women, Stress & Not Needing Crisis To Make Change


Today we made history…our first male guest! And it’s only fitting  as he is an expert in training women – and one of the reasons Sarah and I even know each other. As sweet as he is strong, it’s the one, the only: Mr. Jim Laird. Jim owns a gym in Lexington, KY and works with women of all ages to get healthy and be capable and strong in their lives. Having faced his own health crisis with Ulcerative Colitis he, like so many of us, knows what it’s like to hit the wall and have to rethink how we do everything from our training, sleep and stress to the constant pushing, pushing until something breaks and even the importance of facing our unhealthy emotions and dealing with our past.  Really, really good stuff. In this episode we hear about Jim’s group of female power lifters, the Miss Fits (who are absolutely amazing), we meander through a range of female hormone issues (missing gallbladder anyone??) and Jim gives us his best tips for getting women in their healthiest, best shape…and they may surprise you.


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Sarah Fragoso

Sarah Fragoso is an international best selling author of 6 books, co-owner of the Chico, CA based gym JS Strength and Conditioning, and founder of the Everyday Paleo franchise. Sarah is the co-host of the popular Sarah and Dr. Brooke Show podcast and she also conducts workshops and retreats on the subjects of nutrition, lifestyle and fitness.

Her message is from the heart and she carries a genuine desire to help other families looking for guidance. These attributes have contributed to her successes and provide the drive to keep the discoveries coming.

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  1. I really enjoyed this podcast. Thank you. I found myself wanting to yell at my car radio at one point when Jim was talking about the pressures that women have put on themselves. Honestly, we have not put these pressures on ourselves. I know I didn’t. Society’s expectations of women have changed since WWII. I never made the choice to have all these pressures on me, they were just put on me, and I had the choice to rise to the occasion or not. I discussed this more in a post I recently did: https://bycandace.com/2016/09/22/my-thoughts-on-feminism/ on the heels of another podcast who was discussing feminism. To say that we put these pressure on ourselves infers that we have a choice to not to have them on us. Most of us don’t have the choice in a lot of stuff. I did recently choose not to have children because I do not have the capacity to do that the way that I want to. Anyway….his comment during that section got me a bit riled up. Maybe I’m missing something or misunderstood?

    1. Hi Candace,

      I’m sorry I am now just seeing this comment. To clarify my general statement women have allowed pressures to be applied to them by society. In general they are expected to have a career and be a mother and to look a certain way. I’m glad I was able to create some discussion and thought through this process.


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