Alison Shariatzadeh is a ACE Certified Personal Trainer, Health Coach and Group Exercise Instructor. She also holds certifications in Piyo, Country Heat, and the Healthy Minds Healthy Bodies program for Veterans. She has a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology which helps her understand her client’s struggles and aids in helping them change their behaviors to attain their goals.
Growing up, I was always an active child. I am the youngest of five girls however despite all that girlishness around me, I have always felt a bit like a tom boy. I played sports like softball, basketball and volleyball and loved outdoor activities like biking, swimming and snowboarding. Being active was just a way to have fun as a kid, but as I grew older, I discovered that being active has so many other benefits as well.
Along with my love of fitness, I have always had a passion for psychology. This passion lead me to pursue a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology. While in school, many of my peers who shared my passion had expressed that the reason they pursued this career was because they wanted to know why people behave the way that they do. For me, psychology was less about figuring out the “whys” of behavior and more about “hows. How to change behavior, how to feel better, how to be in better relation with others and how to better connect with others and ourselves.
After finishing my Master’s, I had my children and became a stay at home mom. I then spent the next 8 years raising my children and working with my husband on various business ventures. Now that my children are older, I have the opportunity to focus on my own career and have found a way to combine my love of fitness and it’s benefits with my passion for psychology by becoming a fitness professional.
My job is to help others discover all of the benefits of living a healthy active life by showing them how fun and rewarding being fit can be. In my classes, we work hard but we also have fun and laugh. People feel at ease no matter what their fitness level. The goal is to keep moving and if you are doing that, everything else falls in line.