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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome


One of my clients suffers from polycystic ovarian syndrome. She is very lean with the exception of her abdominal area. While I am aware that this is just one aspect of her condition, do you have any training suggestions?


Before going into specific exercise tips, it would be helpful to briefly review polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), it’s causes, symptoms and associated risks.

PCOS is an endocrine disorder found in five to 10 percent of all women. Insulin resistance and hyperinsulinemia have been shown to be factors in the development of this syndrome, given that it causes an overproduction of androgens. Newer, hopeful treatments focus on the insulin problem, opposed to past treatments that focused on androgen imbalance.

Symptoms include:

Associated risks include an increased risk of developing a number of other health condition such as:

Exercise Tips

Many of the exercises listed are described in alternate articles on Here are questions that will help you to determine whether these exercises are right for your client:

Remember, design an exercise program that strengthens the body for life. If life movements are stressful, your client is in a continual state of over training. Many traditional exercises will NOT accomplish this goal. Associate exercises with movements, not muscles.