Alison is a native North Carolinian–born in Durham and raised in Shelby. She received her BA from UNC-Charlotte and MA from East Carolina University in Greenville. The oldest of four children and a veteran swimmer, she grew up in a medically-oriented family, so she knew early on she wanted to be a player in the health care arena. Before completing her graduate work in Exercise Physiology, she worked in physical therapy and sports medicine at Presbyterian-Orthopedic Hospital, in Charlotte. During graduate school she earned her CSCS credential from the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and worked with private clients in their homes, and in a large fitness center. Her athletic background and interest in weight training led her to a competitive bodybuilding career. Upon completing her graduate fellowship at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, she moved to Raleigh to work for World Gym Fitness Centers, and eventually started and opened her own business—a smaller fitness alternative—CU Fitness Center. Alison is proficient in Pilates, Gyrokenesis and Gyrotonic, having first became acquainted with all three in personal training, and worked to obtain her certifications under Radonna Patterson at Bodyworks Treatment and Prevention Center in Durham, and Kathy Van Patten, of the Movement Center of Boston. and Gyrotonic Pacific Heights of San Francisco, CA. Alison is a member of ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine), ACSM’s Alliance for Heath and Fitness Professionals, and the National Strength and Conditioning Association, as well as several local fitness companies and groups. Alison is also a group exercise instructor and is certified in numerous formats, most notably the programs of Les Mills, Inc (BODYPUMP, BODYSTEP, BODYATTACK, BODYVIVE, and the GRIT SERIES), and teaches for Fitness Connection Clubs in North Carolina (five locations), LifeTime Fitness, and Rapid Fitness and also helps with training instructors and is developing her own group fitness format to market later on….(stay tuned!) Alison writes for some local and national publications and hopes one day to eventually write a book, and become a national ‘expert’ on helping people look and feel better. .
As a side business, Alison is a partner with La Senorita Jolie Clothing–an American made line of clothing based in Charlotte and enjoys being able to help people find flattering, practical fits. She enjoys combining the benefits of helping clients improve their fitness, image and sense of style through promoting her clothing boutique side hustle–please see her link on the home page of this site.
Alison loves what she does and it is evident in every aspect of her work. She believes in setting goals and the baby steps daily it takes to meet them, and helps to promote this philosophy in all her work. She continues to train herself, and relishes a good challenge! Alison has two nieces and two nephews whom she adores and visits whenever she can. Alison also enjoys reading, writing, traveling, cooking, home improvement projects, outdoor activities (particularly water sports), sporting events with her husband John, and also teaches in the health and fitness program at Meredith College in Raleigh. She and her husband, John, live in Raleigh with their two children—a chocolate lab (Sadie) and a golden retriever/border collie mix—(Sam).