We've been following Allison on social media and loving her Seattle Ignited Women's event. She is a strong and truthful woman on a mission to help women step into their own personal power and unpack narratives that serve no purpose to us.
She is the mom of two young daughters with a background in soccer and is a solid coffee lover (as many of us here at WMC are too). We are looking forward to working with Allison in the future and collaborating in some way soon! Keep an eye on her as she continues doing some incredible things. :)
Do yourself a favor and get connected with Allison!
What do you do?
I run my own online training business dedicated to helping women build strength, confidence, and the courage to step into their personal power. I was also most recently the Assistant Soccer Coach and High Performance Manager for Seattle University Women’s Soccer team (2009 – 2017) until I moved to Orlando, FL with my family.
What else do you do?
Mom to two young daughters, drink all the coffee, learning to ride horseback, avid audio book and podcast listener
How do you define the word 'strength'?
Living fully in my body and in alignment with my values without fear of criticism or shame. My personal definition of strength is one where I am learning and challenging the boxes women have been put in and unpacking the narratives that no longer serve us.
How did you discover your passion?
I grew up playing soccer so athletics and sport have always been a part of my life. I was a high level athlete that took my love of sport and made it into a career as a college soccer coach. I ended up being in charge of the team's fitness and strength & conditioning, and fell in love even more with how strength training can transform your life.
How do you incorporate movement into your daily lifestyle?
Honest answer? Sometimes I don't. And I think that's an important piece to let other women know about. I don't get a workout in every single day (sometimes I take weeks off, gasp!). But I normally get in anywhere from 3-5 workouts a week. I also starting learning how to horseback ride and that's the BEST leg workout there is! Chasing after two kids will give you a run for your money as well.
What do you recommend for someone starting out?
Figure out what is sustainable for you and your lifestyle. Major changes never stick, and you want to play the long game. So make sure you are starting small, getting wins under your belt, finding something you enjoy!
How do you define 'fitness'?
Pushing your personal physical and mental capacity for positive change.
Where do you see the future of fitness?
For me, the future of fitness needs to incorporate more body types, more voices, more diversity. Google "fitness" (images) - what do you see?
Representation in the fitness industry is a MAJOR problem. I aim to help change that so more people are included and see themselves in this fitness space. Fitness is a not a privilege. It's a basic human necessity that we can ALL take part in. We are all meant to move.
Does movement increase your self-confidence? If yes, how?
YES! There is something about lifting heavy weights, being under a heavy barbell, or finishing an intense training session that enhances your capability to handle hard things in your life. I think there is a deep connection between outer and inner resilience. We have to work on both.
What motivates the crap out of you?
The women in my life. I have some truly bad ass friends (and Mom and sister) who are as supportive as they are game changers.
What advice do you wish you could have given your former self?
Think and dream bigger. Bigger. Bigger... Now go do THAT.
Anything else you'd like to share with us?
Movement IS the movement.