Ally got started as a personal trainer part-time back in 2006 after working as a project manager on major capital construction projects for over 20 years. Four years later, Ally opened her own studio in Tennessee and now coaches full time. Her focus is adults struggling to fit exercise into their busy lifestyles. Ally’s goal is to get people “hooked” on exercise and to realize you don’t need a gym or expensive equipment to get fit and enjoy an active lifestyle. Here she shares fitness tips you can use.
Ally explains why her approach is so unique, and the almost accidental way she stumbled across it, “I had to quit running several years ago because of my feet, and then that’s when I started getting into strength training. That’s when I started noticing the biggest changes to my body.”
Ally’s philosophy is known as “metabolic training,” which is proven to build muscle, blast fat and get results. This is a no nonsense approach to get you fit without spending countless hours at the gym! This is a Total Body Workout, which she describes as “… a high intensity work period with short rest periods. We work all muscle groups each time. So, instead of like working legs one day and back one day and biceps one day, we’re working it all each day. So, over the course of the week you’re getting more load on those muscles to create the most amount of change, and that’s the way we really get rid of the fat. You’re building muscle and you’re getting rid of the fat.”
One woman in particular is an inspiration to Ally: “I have one lady that came to me and couldn’t even do a lunge when she started, and now she’s one of my star clients, and she does pushups on her toes. It’s just amazing how strong they get.
[quote_box_center]“People are afraid they’re not going to be successful, afraid that they won’t be able to keep it up. I think a lot of people put weight on as almost like a coat of armor that’s protecting them from something.”[/quote_box_center]
Ally is full of such great truisms, and when I asked her if she could provide readers with handy ways to reach their fitness goals without sacrificing the other areas of their life, she was quick to comply. Here are 4 of her Top 12 from Better Body Wannabe:
Fitness Tip #1: Balance your cardio.
People focus too much on cardio. I think that doing the weights, the resistance training, is what’s going to change your body. I think most people focus too much on cardio and they feel like they have to do it for at least an hour or it doesn’t matter.
Fitness Tip #2: Lose your “all or nothing” mentality.
If you’ve only got 20 minutes, do something. A lot of people are like, “I don’t have the time; I can’t do it.” Well, even if you’ve only got 20 minutes, if you do something it’s a lot better than nothing. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing. It can be a little bit here, a little bit there, especially if [you] haven’t been active in a long time.
Fitness Tip #3: Walk more.
When we were kids we walked to school. We rode our bikes all the time. Now nobody even walks to school. I just think people need to walk more, and it would be great if our cities were designed [so] that we could walk to places, because it seems like walking is a chore. If you could just walk down the street to the market; we’re such a car dependent society. Just walk more throughout the day.
Fitness Tip #4: Not all food is created equal.
I think people need to realize they have to eat good food. Half the battle is the exercise, but you’ve got to pay attention to what you’re putting in your mouth, too.
So there you have it, a few great excuse-dumping habits, fitness tips to live by from a great personal trainer who learned the hard way that life doesn’t have to get in the way of feeling, and looking, your best!
By Tiffany Youngren • February 1, 2013
Category: Fitness Articles
More of Ally’s story and the rest of her 12 Fitness Tips — the “Doer’s Dozen” mentioned in the Fitness Articles: Twelve Weeks of Trainers introduction — are featured in the upcoming book, Better Body Wannabe: 12 Top Trainers Reveal the Real Skinny on Eating and Exercising for a More Healthy, Happy, and Fit YOU, based on Tiffany’s (of Transfer of Health) interviews with Ally and 11 other top trainers. Sign up today for pre-release chapters and the opportunity to order early.
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Health Coach Ally with AllyFitness in Hermitage, TN