To help BSF’s clients get to know Alyssa better, we played 21 questions with her. Find out how she teaches her clients how to deadlift, her personal “fitspiration,” favorite workout song, and much more here!
1. How did you first hear about BSF?
I met Kelvin at a fitness event and we bonded over being alum’s of the _ (The University of Miami).. the rest was history! I knew he’d be my coach.
2. What made you want to work here?
The family environment. From clients, coaches, front desk staff, everyone was just so close and I knew immediately this was a team that cares about each other and always strives to get better.
3. Where can we find you in between training clients?
Either lifting something heavy, running, or reading. Being back in school means #nevernotreading
4. What will we find in your gym bag?
Whey Protein, water, 2 pairs of outfit changes, a biostat book (see previous answer) and Justin’s dark chocolate peanut butter cups (da bomb.)
5. What do you do when you’re feeling unmotivated to workout?
I watch Eric Thomas’ speech, “How bad do you want Success?” Gets me going every.single.time. Watch it.
6. When you’re planning out a class, what do you think about?
How can I make the program both effective and challenging, all while making it a fun experience. At the end of he day I want to connect to clients to ensure they trust me and want to come back.
7. What is your favorite exercise to do?
Deadlifts (with a donut on the side)
8. What is your favorite exercise to teach?
Deadlifts. Most people aren’t familiar with picking things up with their legs and not their back. When you say “Take your ASSets to the back wall”, everyone immediately chuckles and knows what to do.
9. What will we never find you working out without?
10. What do you do to relax?
Sit and read on my roof, lay on my yoga mat and not do yoga, or binge Netflix.
11. What do you tell clients who are intimidated by working with a personal trainer?
To choose one they feel the most themselves and comfortable with. In a lot of ways, a personal trainer should be, and most likely will be, more than just a personal trainer. They truly are people who will become so close to you, helping, guiding, and watching you progress.
12. Who is your “fitspiration”?
Not sure I only have one, but any strong bad-ass lady. The best part is, I don’t have to search far.. we have 3 at BSF!
13. Favorite cheat meal?
Oh my, I can only choose one? I am a sucker for chicken wings and FRIES. I will judge a restaurant off their fries sometimes harsher than the food. Terrible, I know.
14. Pre-workout fuel?
Iced Coffee / Banana and PB
15. Post-workout fuel?
Justin’s dark Peanut butter cup!
16. Personal theme song?
Such a hard one! It depends on the day, right now Backseat Freestyle by Kendrick Lamar.
17. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
Brain surgeon. Neuroscience is still my favorite.
18. Celebrity doppelgänger?
I have gotten so many randoms that I don’t even see it. What do you think?
19. What celebrity would you love to train and why?
Jim Carrey; because I’m sure when I’d tell him to take his “ASSets to the back wall” he’d reenact the talking butt scene from Pet Detective.
20. What is your favorite song to workout to?
When I’m lifting I’ll listen to anything Kanye West. When I’m running, anything Mumford and Sons. Weird, I know but the heavy acoustics give me rhythm for my cadence.
21. What is the best advice you ever received?
Where there’s a will there’s a way. Something my mom always reinforced on me growing up. It has been sort of a measure for me to know when I really, really want something. It’s a willingness to go after it, and find out how, but also what I’m willing to sacrifice to get it done.