Tonight, Yolanda and I had our first studio class at Core Athletic and OH MY GOSH…that class is AMAZING (our teammate, Sue, had a prior commitment tonight, but she’ll be in for the next weeks – I’m clearing her calendar)!! Our instructor, Allison, was awesome! The class kicked our butts in such a good way. It’s one of those feelings where every fiber of your muscles are screaming in pain – but you love it because you know it’s working. Even the music was fun to move to. Everyone in the class was so welcoming to us and made us feel like part of the family! I can’t wait to go back next week!
And, another added benefit, I saw my friend and former co-worker, Laura, in the class. She’s been going to Core for almost 2 years and loves it. I’m telling you, people, Core Athletic is the best kept secret in town. Go check them out!!
I met Alison 3 years ago, after she came recommended to me by another trainer. I have had the privilege of doing personal training with her and adore her Strength Fusion class. No work out with her is ever the same and guaranteed to be a challenge, which is why years later, I still can not get enough!
Alison will take the time to get to know you personally and tailor your work out around your goals and abilities. With a simile that is contagious and a positive attitude, she will support you when things get tough and celebrate your successes. She will gently nudge you beyond what you thought you were capable of doing. Just when you feel like you can not do another, she will share a personal story, news story, or a health and fitness tip, to take your mind off of what you are doing. Before you know it, you will feel worked, stronger, and empowered!
She is bound to inspire you, be it physically, emotionally, or spiritually, to make a positive change in your life. You might even find yourself being more thankful for the body you do have. Alison is a generous soul, who will happily give you a work out to challenge your body and something to feed your mind.
– Lindsay W.
I feel very lucky to have stumbled across a class that keeps me challenged and motivated, all thanks to instructor Alison McWilliams. I think what keeps me going back to Alison’s strength fusion class is her unique way of making everyone feel welcome and the fact that she never ceases to amaze me with the different moves and ideas she brings to class. I feel constantly challenged and I am doing things I never thought I could do, yet Alison encourages you to focus on yourself and listen to your body. I like that Alison promotes a healthy, balanced lifestyle and spends time talking about wise food choices, goals, and positive self-affirmations during class. Alison takes a genuine interest in each person and is a great cheerleader.
I recently completed my first full marathon and I feel like Alison’s strength fusion class prepared me both mentally and physically to succeed at that goal. The level of challenge helped me build the physical strength I needed to endure 26.2 miles and Alison’s encouragement in class helped me prepare mentally to know that I could push through whatever difficulties the event had in store. I would not hesitate to recommend Alison’s class or her personal training to anyone and I feel fortunate to work with her. – Mara
As a busy mother of 2, I look forward to Alison’s Strength Fusion class every week to refuel me mentally, physically and emotionally. She always encourages me to push myself and to work on quality rather than quantity. I am continually impressed with how much detail she pays to each workout and how comfortable she makes each person feel that walks through the door. Not only does she provide a great workout, but she also celebrates personal triumphs and motivates through difficult times. – Tina
Alison McWilliams is a great asset to the fitness world and to anyone who is ready to see a change in their body. Ali pushed me in training sessions and believed in me. She knew I could deliver the results I wanted with hard work and effort. I am still in shock at how my body has taken shape since training with her. I am so pleased that I invested in myself and chose her as my personal trainer. If you are ready for a change and want to see results, Alison will get the job done.
– Angie (Angie has lost over 230lbs. due to her faith, strong determination and education on portion size. Please click here to read her blog.
There are many things that make Alison’s classes special, unique and effective. Most importantly, she challenges me to do things I never thought I could do and I love that. Alison gives me the confidence to know that I can do a few more push-ups, try a heavier weight, or jump just a little higher. She challenges, but also supports and that’s an effective combination. I’ve been working out with Alison for more than seven years and her classes are always new and fresh. But not only goes Alison help build muscles and endurance, she also builds community. People are warmly welcomed when they walk into a class and Alison makes sure to introduce them to others. People come early to her class to catch up and chat. I always leave Alison’s classes feeling stronger physically and with a smile on my face knowing that I worked hard, I connected with others, and I learned something new. I’m not going to kid you…..Alison’s classes are a challenge. But with much effort comes much reward and satisfaction. Very simply, Alison has made a difference in my life. –Susan
My journey to improve my relationship with food and to develop a healthier life started many years ago. I can wholeheartedly say though that my work with Ali has taken my passion, understanding, and commitment to a completely new level.
The thing that I appreciate most about Ali is that her enthusiasm and zest for life are SO contagious! Her approach to healthy living is not purely measured by what you weigh; rather the totality of your mental, physical and spiritual heath. Her outlook is SO refreshing and when you walk out of her classes you are inspired to take a little piece of that with you.
I have also gained a lot of knowledge and resources from her and the network of individuals she works with. Until now, I have never truly understood what foods I should be eating to maximize the time I spend working out and to help my body be and feel the best that it can. I have learned this from Ali and unlike it has always seemed before, it really is fairly simple!
I was looking for inspiration, knowledge, and enthusiasm to take me to the next level of my journey with food and fitness and Ali has been such an amazing gift! – Laura
Personal training with Ali was the best thing I did for myself. I belong to a club and have been doing the same routine for many years, I was getting bored and wanted to kick it up a notch. I trained with Ali in June and July and it was amazing. Ali customized my workout to fit my needs and to help me reach my goals. I learned so much about how to incorporate different muscle groups and exercises that worked every muscle in my body. Ali is such a positive person, she is very motivating, she encourages her clients to listen to your body, think positive and work to your potential it makes a person just want to do as much as possible. Ali wants everyone to be better in all areas of your life. Ali is a good listener, she believes in her clients and helps you to believe in yourself.
I starting taking her classes in August and love the classes, she incorporates cardio with strength training, when you leave you feel great. I love the affirmations Ali reads at the end of the class, it makes you stop and think of your day, your life and how to be a better person and the person you want to be. I am so glad I was fortunate to meet Ali, she has been such a great support, and has shown me how to take my exercising to a whole new level. – Sandy
I attend Strength Fusion at CORE’s Studio with Alison McWilliams. The changes I have seen since taking Alison’s classes are amazing. I am more toned than I have ever been in my life and the reason is Alison’s classes. Besides being challenging, the classes are fun. I actually look forward to going to class! I have never looked forward to exercise in my entire life until I found Alison’s Strength Fusion class. We work hard, but have a great time so we never realize how hard we are working. Every class is different, I never get bored. It is just a wonderful experience; I recommend Alison’s classes to everyone! You will not be disappointed. -Diane
I have been fortunate enough to have spent the last 4 years training with Alison and can honestly say she has given me some of the hardest, most rewarding workouts I have ever had. Ali’s knowledge and passion for fitness are limitless, her workouts are refreshing and challenging, and she has the ability to push you physically and mentally beyond what you thought possible. Alison is such a loving and compassionate person with a high energy and upbeat personality who truly cares about you and your goals.
Alison transforms not only the body, but the mind and spirit as well. Ali educates you on what you should be eating, how to have a positive mental attitude, and where to put your energy for a greater use. She empowers your soul and makes you a better person inside and out. Her mind/body approach is inspiring and results in an entire lifestyle change. I have experienced this change and have gotten some great looking arms in the process! I will forever feel blessed to have had Alison in my life. – Kelly
I first met Alison in 2006 when she was teaching at a popular health club in Madison. I had a week pass to try it out, but one class with Ali and I was hooked! I was so impressed with her ability to make a class with 50-60 people seem so personal. She took the time to learn everyone’s name, and gave each individual an acknowledgement during class, without fail. For me, that type of attention and positive reinforcement helped me push myself harder than I ever had in terms of working out, creating a routine, and staying committed to it.
One of the things I love most about Alison is that she sees the “big picture.” Too often, instructors and trainers focus solely on the physical aspect of being “fit.” But Alison realizes the importance of emotional and mental health as well. One of her favorite sayings is, “A Strong Mind Equals a Strong Body,” and in working with her over the last four years, I have learned how true a statement that is.
I believe people come into your life for a reason. For me, Alison has been an amazing source of strength, encouragement, and friendship. Her positive energy has been a light that has brought so many wonderful women together to help support and care for one another. I never thought I would love working out, but Ali changed that. She is a born leader and an extremely gifted woman. Thanks to Alison, I am a stronger (both mentally and physically), healthier, and happier person than I was four years ago, and I am blessed to have her in my life. – Jess
Personal training with Alison was such a gift. I’ve spent over a decade going to classes and trying to do cardio and lifting on my own at other gyms, but I never could get into weight training and in general hated it. After a long time without results, I was ready for something different and for Alison to kick my butt. I was surprised at how much I learned while training with her- not only technique and possible moves, but also what my body was capable of- it was much more than I had previously thought possible! After working out with Alison, for the first time in my adult life I could see muscle tone in my arms and feel improvements in my overall strength- I finally learned what it felt like to “max out”! I had such success in personal training that I now have to remind myself to do cardio because I enjoy strength training and its benefits (physical and mental) so much, thanks to Alison. My results have kept me inspired to constantly work towards improving even further. – Stacy
Personal training with Ali is an experience that everyone should be fortunate enough to experience. Her talents are far-reaching as her fitness knowledge is endless, and her training expertise allows one to remain challenged and engaged while delivering measurable results. Ali is a great listener and she is able to customize a fitness plan around your individual needs. As a life-long athlete, my sessions are specifically built for me, based on my goals. She successfully incorporates a comprehensive mind/body approach into each training session that builds on the foundation of fitness, clean eating and positive lifestyle changes.
Training is something that I always look forward to as Ali has the ability to keep the workouts fresh, challenging and fun! Ali’s positive, upbeat personality is contagious and she will empower you to work harder and to do more than you thought possible. I have transformed into a leaner, stronger and healthier individual since I have started training with Ali, and for that I will always be grateful. – Carrie
Alison possesses the qualities that all great trainers have. She is motivating, positive, supportive and highly energetic. She makes you WANT to become better in all aspects of your life. Her influence in the studio stays with you even when you leave. She does this by giving you feedback throughout the session that you can think about it throughout the day as well as tips to lead a more healthy lifestyle.
She understands the everyday struggles and challenges that come with living healthy and exercising in a busy world. She works with everyone’s individual abilities and lifestyles so that healthy living fits into them without being invasive. She believes wholeheartedly in the mind/body connection and shares how to make this work for each client.
I’m truly blessed to have her in my life, encouraging, and cheering me on towards my fitness and nutritional goals. -Kari
I have been training with Alison since July, and it’s bee
n the best exercise experience I’ve ever had! I actually found myself looking forward to working out, which rarely happens.
Alison is great at knowing what a person needs physically and mentally. She knows exactly when to push me, and when to take it a little easy on me. She’s given me so much variety in my work out, and my body isn’t stuck in a rut anymore.
The biggest test to know if your trainer is really helping you is to not see her for a few weeks. That’s happened recently, and I realized that my body misses exercise. I can definitely tell a difference in my energy level, endurance, and my overall mood since I’ve missed a few weeks of training.
I recommend Alison for Personal Training to any woman who needs emotional support, as well as a trainer that has extensive knowledge and understanding of the human body.
Owner, Lindseys’ Sewing Studio
I was curious to see if personal training would give me the motivation to make fitness a viable part of my day… everyday. Alison combines one-on-one attention, careful listening and humor throughout each session to ensure that I understand the power of my own movement. I have discovered that even 15 minutes of proper movement using: weights, bands, and/or a stability ball combined with stretching can make a difference in my day. “Finding the time” to work out is no longer an excuse. I can do small increments on busy days. My experience with Alison has exceeded my expectations. I have rediscovered the body-mind connection and the power of a commitment to fitness. Alison, thank you for reminding my muscles that they do indeed have a memory. – Jeanne