The Female Body Bible

The Female Body Bible

A Revolution in Women's Health and Fitness


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This book tackles the taboos around women's bodies and aims to educate and empower us to be open rather than embarrassed about our health throughout our lives.

Did you know...

Hormones can be harnessed to improve our work productivity and exercise habits.

Women are up to six times more likely to suffer a joint injury than men.

Women lay down all our bone density by the age of 30, after which it starts to decrease.

Women are 40% more likely to suffer insomnia than men.

Women didn't compete in marathons until 1967 as it was thought we were too fragile to do so.

The data gap in women's health remains huge: in sports science and medicine in 2020 as little as 6% of research was conducted exclusively on women. Worse still, of that 6%, only 8% was found to be of high enough quality for the outcomes to be trusted.

Women go through various life stages, with each moment bringing a new set of challenges and opportunities. Yet we rarely speak openly about these, or share our knowledge and solutions with each other. We use euphemisms to describe periods rather than saying the word. We don't acknowledge leakages or admit that we don't know how to find our pelvic floor or even what it does. We buy trendy sports bras without thinking how they work for breast health or exercise performance. We see young women giving up exercise in their teens to the detriment of their health at an older age. We barely mention the menopause.

Body literacy is something every woman is entitled to. Health and fitness are not the same as aesthetics and photogenics. Instead of prioritising how a body looks we need to focus on how it feels and functions. How it works. When we listen to the body, embrace it and nurture it, health and fitness will follow.

Merging the expertise of sports research scientist Dr Emma Ross, athletic coach Baz Moffat and NHS doctor Bella Smith, The Well HQ champions the non-negotiables when it comes to understanding our health and wellbeing as women, throughout all stages of our lives.

©2023 Baz Moffat, Bella Smith, Emma Ross (P)2023 Penguin Audio


  • Finally, fitness advice that women can trust ... Drawing on science and their experiences, this formidable trio have produced a furious, taboo-busting book.
    The Times

About the authors

Emma Ross

Dr Emma Ross is a scientist, researcher and practitioner. Before founding The Well she was Head of Physiology at the English Institute of Sport, she is the woman behind several breakthrough initiatives that ensure active women - and their support teams - are empowered with the knowledge they need about women's bodies, across their lifetimes.
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Baz Moffat

Baz Moffat is a former Team GB rower, trainer and coach. With 20 years' experience working in fitness and sport, Baz is a prominent voice in the women's health movement. Baz specialises in core strength and the pelvic floor - a pivotal yet vastly underappreciated nucleus in the female body.
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Bella Smith

Dr Bella Smith is an NHS GP with over 20 years' experience, a women's health advocate and an ambassador for The Eve Appeal. Under her moniker 'The Digital GP', Bella is a long time media consultant, adding insight and opinions on women's medical issues, the entrenched and harmful taboos in women's health discourse, and reproductive health and wellbeing.
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