I have a female client of mine whom I’ve been training with exclusively for a little over a year now and for the past 6 months her results and progress have just completely come to a hault.
We reviewed and exhausted all possible strategies and nothing worked. So she has blood work done on all 3 thyroid panels plus other things checked by a family friend doctor who is a bodybuilder himself (and knew what to look for) and comes back with her having Hasheomoto’s and is also Anemic. Besides a deficiency in iron and B12, what else if anything can we do to help?
Even after 6 months of battling this (and not knowing it) her PR’s went up in squat/bench/dead lift and are currently 265/175/285, respectively. She’s the strongest female in our gym and we’re both very frustrated and depressed at this new bad news. Our struggles amazingly have not been with her strength, but extreme fatigue outside the gym and body composition changes (will not respond to normal dieting practices at all).
Currently she’s 5’5, 150lbs at 15%. Sometimes after one week those numbers can fluctuate as much as 10lbs and 2% with no major changes in diet, cardio or training.
Advice from anyone in the know? Dr. Berardi just had a great article on this topic and it was ironic we found out the same day I received the email:
Blood Tests, Anemia, and Sub-Clinical Anemia
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