This week’s guest is Allison Moyer Fahrenbach, she’s a fellow fitness competitor and a coach. She has been a well-known face in the fitness industry for over a decade since launching AFS (Alli-Fitness Systems) Training in 2007.
She has helped dozens of clients from around the world reach their fitness & health goals by way of her virtual coaching services. And she is also now diving into the world of functional medicine doing a certificate of training.
Today, we will get to know about her more.
Allison Moyer’s Story
She has been a coach since 2007, even before the start of the trend of online coaching. What got her started in the field was her major, wellness in Sport Science. Initially, right out of college, she started working as the director of personal training at health and fitness center. She then realized that she wanted to be able to offer more to the clients that she worked with and so that’s what led her to explore online coaching and to open her own business.
Her first competition was when she was 18 in College. She fell in love with the experience of being on stage and the process of body-building. It brought a sense of discipline and consistency into her life.
Why do we have Food Cravings?
- Our body is seeking nourishment or nutrients and when the body doesn’t get the nutrients that it needs, it elicits a craving.
- Sometime food cravings are not physiological, they’re more psychological. We have a craving for something because we are stressed, you might be drawn to or have a craving for a comfort food that kind of soothed you when you were a kid or something that made you feel better.
- Not honoring your cravings. If you’re restricting too much and you’re not allowing yourself the foods that you love, you’re going to think about that food until you finally have it.
What can you do to help eliminate or conquer food cravings?
Allison finds that cravings often create feelings of defeat. Cravings tend to make her clients feel helpless, overwhelmed or frustrated. But the thing is, don’t beat yourself up for having that craving. Cravings are natural. We all have it, it isn’t anything to feel guilty about. You’re not weak.
Sleep and its importance
Sleep is important for your overall sense of well-being. It’s for your sense of energy, muscle growth, tissue repair, brain rest and repair. It has impacts on your hormonal imbalance, hormonal dysregulation, on how you look, and on how you feel.
Sleep is actually your brain’s house cleaning service. And it’s important to not just optimize the amount of sleep but also the quality because we all need a deep REM sleep in order to feel our best, to make progress and live life healthfully.
Causes of trouble sleeping
- Lack of Sleep Routine. You don’t take any time to unplug and get away from something. Your brain is engaged and wired up to it until like the second you go to bed.
- Eating big meals before bed time. An overly active digestive system can keep you up all night.
- Lack of hormones like Progesterone (for Women) and Serotonin. Progesterone is the calming hormone that creates GABA, and if you don’t have that GABA, you won’t be able to fall asleep correctly.
Things to do to help you fall asleep
- Keep your bedroom cool
- Stick to Sleep schedule
- Avoid alcohol and big meals before bedtime
- Do something relaxing
Doing chronic cardio can do all kinds of things, but it’s all about balance. Cardio is healthy and it can impact the body in positive ways when it’s integrated as part of a balanced program, but when taken to excess, it has the opposite effect. It can end up being really counterproductive to somebody’s goals.
A lot of different classes for cardio can be fun and a great opportunity to have a good community. But sometimes they’re not what you need, and they’re detrimental to your physicals and your health goals.
- Not taking enough time off
- Gaining too much weight in the off-season
- Reverse dieting
- Don’t train yourself the same way an enhanced athlete trains.
Distribution of workouts, volume and frequency
Allison thinks that it depends on the individual. The best workout is the best one you can progress and recover from. It all boils down to the individual and what you like doing.
Optimal factors that plays for an Individual:
- What is going to get you in the gym and wanting to be there.
- Can you recover properly from your training and progress?
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