Allie Potter

Allie Potter

Nutrition Coach

Deadlift: 315 lbs. Clean: 190 lbs.
And, perhaps most importantly, I can make a mean spaghetti squash casserole. :) Need recipe ideas? I'm your gal!

Qualifications

Precision Nutrition L1 Certification

Working Against Gravity Coach Certification

M.Ed. in Community Development & Action

About Coach

I love food -- but I didn’t always. I always wondered, am I eating too much? Too little? Do I meet society’s (unrealistic) expectations of what a woman should look like? Will I ever? I didn't grow up in a household that prioritized health and wellness. High school tennis was the full extent of my athletic career. It wasn't until college that I started going to the gym - but even then, I had no idea what I was doing. I ran on the treadmill and did 'core' exercises because I thought that's what girls were supposed to do. Then I started CrossFit in 2016; and for the first time in my life, I started to feel strong and powerful. The more passionate about fitness I became, the more I realized that it mattered what I was putting into my body. For appearance, sure (who doesn’t love to see some abs?!); but also for how I could perform. My goals became less about aesthetics and more about what I could achieve. And if I wanted to kick ass, I had to be giving my body the nutrients - and the fuel - it needed. Not only for tomorrow, or next week, or even next year; but for 40 years from now. I love hiking, kayaking, long walks with my dog, and lifting heavy weights - and I want to develop the habits NOW that give me the best shot of doing all these things for years and years to come.

Turning Point

In 2016, I won a free on-ramp course (like Foundations) for a CrossFit gym in Nashville... and I almost turned it down. In fact, I actually tried to refuse it. I was working full-time, going to grad school full-time, and the only class time I would've been able to make was 5:30 am. I simply didn't think I had the time. I was convinced to complete the course, but never intended to actually continue with a membership... until I was hooked. <br /> CrossFit was unlike any other fitness class I'd ever done. People cared whether or not I showed up. The coaches knew if I was taking it easy and needed to push myself more. And even when there was a movement I couldn't perform Rx (which, let's face it, happened a lot), there was always a way for me to participate and get a good workout in. I thought I'd be intimidated, but instead, I felt EMPOWERED. And for the first time in my life, I started to care more about what my body could do and achieve than about what it looked like. I didn't just want to be skinny - I wanted to be STRONG. And I learned that even in our busiest seasons, we CAN make time for what's most important to us.

Motivation & Passion

You're committed to fitness. You work hard. But do your habits the other 23 hours a day support what you’re doing in the gym to achieve your health and fitness goals? Nutrition is important for athletes. But it’s also important for the new college graduate who’s planning their own meals for the first time. For the working parent who wants to be a good role model but is short on time. For the retiree who’s worked hard for years and deserves full enjoyment of the free time they’ve earned. No matter how old or young we are, whether we’re experienced or brand new, I believe that proper nutrition coaching/support can help get us where we want to be. :)

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