76 episodes

Inclusive feminist fitness podcast covering all things training, nutrition and mindset with Coach Pennie Varvarides. A mix of solo episodes where Pennie answers your questions and shares tips and stories, with episodes in conversation with some incredible people within the industry.
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Strong Habits - The Podcast Pennie Varvarides

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.7 • 10 Ratings

Inclusive feminist fitness podcast covering all things training, nutrition and mindset with Coach Pennie Varvarides. A mix of solo episodes where Pennie answers your questions and shares tips and stories, with episodes in conversation with some incredible people within the industry.
pennievarvarides.com
instagram.com/superpennie

    #75: With Hannah Mouncey - on fighting for acceptance as a trans athlete

    #75: With Hannah Mouncey - on fighting for acceptance as a trans athlete

    I spoke with Hannah Mouncey, a trans handball and Australian football player who has played for both the men's and women's teams. 

    Hannah played for the men's football team for four years, competing at the 2013 world championships and narrowly missing out on qualifying for the 2016 Olympics. In 2018, she was named Victorian LGBT Sportsperson of the Year. 

    There are not many athletes out there able to give insight into playing for the men's and women's teams, so it was really interesting to sit down with Hannah (over the internet) and talk about that experience. 

    You can find Hannah on Twitter: @HannahMouncey

    Or: ashwoodsupport.com.au

    Don't forget to subscribe/follow for more episodes.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    #75: With Abbie Stasior - on the neuroscience of habits and manifesting your dreams

    #75: With Abbie Stasior - on the neuroscience of habits and manifesting your dreams

    Abbie Stasior is a health and life coach from the states, and is currently a nutrition and exercise physiology grad student at the University of Columbia. She runs the coaching company Be About Being Better.

    In the podcast I misspoke and said her postgrad was in neuroscience, but that was her undergrad. 

    In this episode, we cover how our brains work when it comes to building and breaking habits. Abbie was able to call on evidence to explain our brains, even sharing when the best time of day to train would be in terms of productivity and learning.

    Abbie was a great guest and I think you'll enjoy this episode! She recommended I try TikTok, so I did. You can find me @superpennie - although I must say, I still don't understand it lol

    Find Abbie:

    Instagram: @abbie.stasior

    Tiktok: @abbie.stasior

    Web: beaboutbeingbetter.mykajabi.com

    Donate to my April fundraiser for the Bone Cancer Research Trust: tinyurl.com/teambones

    Find me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook: @superpennie

    Or on Medium: superpennie.medium.com

    • 1 hr 3 min
    #74: with Kelly Terranova - on living with with grief and how to live a full life

    #74: with Kelly Terranova - on living with with grief and how to live a full life

    Kelly Terranova is the small business owner behind The Bee's Knees Journal. 

    Kelly has lots of experience of living through adversity, plus also thriving in adversity. Her mum was diagnosed with the incurable and fatal disease Huntington's Disease–and Kelly also faced 13 years of not knowing whether or not she had inherited the disease (a 50/50 chance), which was luckily negative.

    Kelly has found humour and gratitude to be integral tools to thriving over the years and through adversity. In her experience, she has found the deeper the tragedy the darker the humour and the richer the gratitude. All of this experience inspired the creation of The Bee's Knees Journal.

    thebeesknees.co | @kellyterranova_

    Find me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @superpennie

    My ebook Run Strong Foundations: amzn.to/2NqJbRH

    • 45 min
    #73: With Meghann Koppele - on training for MS clients

    #73: With Meghann Koppele - on training for MS clients

    In this episode I spoke with Meghann Koppele about training clients with MS. Megann is a certified Pilates instructor with 20 years’ experience, as well as a certified strength and conditioning specialist with a masters in applied physiology.

    Meghan runs a pilates studio in New Jersey working with clients living with a variety of conditions, including severe back pain, sports injuries, MS and pre/postnatal clients. Meghann created a Pilates-based protocol for early-stage MS clients and teaches several courses on Pilates for neurological conditions.

    Find Meghan: 

    theneurostudio.com
    insta: @megkoppeleduffy

    Get a copy of Run Strong: Foundations: amzn.to/2O0ulS9

    • 55 min
    #72: With Dr David Robert Grimes - on covid19 myths, vaccines and conspiracy theories

    #72: With Dr David Robert Grimes - on covid19 myths, vaccines and conspiracy theories

    Dr David Robert Grimes is a physicist, cancer researcher, and author. His scientific work includes everything from how tumours use oxygen to why conspiracies tend to fail, with a strong focus on public understanding of science and medicine.

    David contributes to the BBC, RTE, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Irish Times, PBS, and other outlets. He received the 2014 Maddox prize, and his first book "The Irrational Ape - why we fall for disinformation, conspiracy theory, and propaganda", is out now from Simon & Schuster UK.

    In this episode we cover:


    Common coronavirus myths
    The history of conspiracy theories
    Why it's so easy to fall victim to a conspiracy theory
    The importance of critical thinking and basic science understanding

    You can get David's book here: amzn.to/3akuKHh and find him on Instagram @david_robert_grimes

    You can find me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @superpennie.

    My book Run Strong: Foundations is available here: amzn.to/3rWjmHL and 30-Day Bender is available from pennievarvarides.com/30daybender

    • 56 min
    #71: Client Q&A - on naked running, protein bioavailability and oral health

    #71: Client Q&A - on naked running, protein bioavailability and oral health

    Answering client questions. 

    In this episode I cover:


    Oral health
    Sleep hygiene 
    Dairy vs Plant-proteins bioavailability
    Homemade fast foods
    Naked running

    Get in touch: Instagram, Twitter @superpennie; email pennievarvarides@gmail.com

    Here are some links to homemade fast food recipes:

    https://tasty.co/article/candacelowry/fast-food-favorites-you-can-easily-make-at-home

    https://www.tasteofhome.com/collection/fast-food-copycat-recipes/

    https://greatist.com/eat/healthier-fast-food-recipes

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 Ratings

Milky T ,

Lighthearted by crammed with info

Definitely worth a listen. Lots of great info that goes deeper the than more superficial elements of strength training and exercise so readily available on social media, all the while presented in a funny and engaging manner. Would recommend episode with Lucas Aaron (range of strength) as a first time listener.

lil' musician ,

Insightful podcast

What a thoughtful and inspiring podcast. Well worth a listen.

MumVarDemetriou ,

Great pod cast

Thank you Pennie great as always, I’m listening to it while having a essentials oil facial full of excellent information for all of us , look forward to it every week look after your self Xx happy greek Easter

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