Featured Trainer: Alisha Firestone
My journey with fitness began in the Army. As an enlisted female soldier I had something to prove. In basic training I always pushed myself and never gave up. I was selected to be the one to represent the females of my platoon in competitions against the others. While learning Spanish at the Defense Language Institute I carried on in usual fashion. During a typical afternoon of 1st Sergeant physical training, I was carrying a 5 gallon jug full of water and pulling a fellow solder up a hill because we soldiers “never leave a fallen comrade.” After what felt like a mile I began experiencing abdominal pain and I have been unable to run ever since. I was later honorably discharged from the Army as a result and immediately pursued my dream of becoming an attorney.
In the two years it took to obtain my Bachelor’s degree I struggled to find a workout regimen that worked with my ailment. Then law school inflicted upon me a kind of stress I had never imagined possible. As I put in 16 hour days of class, studying, and work at three jobs, quick and dirty became my preferred method of nutrition. It didn’t take long to feel sick and depressed. Law school compromised my relationships, health, and sense of well-being. Beginning January 2012, I made it my New Year’s resolution to improve my mind, body, and soul. Competing at a bodybuilding show would be the perfect symbol of an improved body. I enlisted the aid of a coach and much to my surprise was informed that I was better suited to compete in the figure division.
When I started training to be a figure competitor I was the definition of skinny, absolutely undefined in every way. In order to put on size I lifted very heavy weights, ate upwards of 3400 calories of clean food daily, and utilized Max Muscle supplements such as Branched Chain Amino Acids, Glutamine, and Max Pro. Within a matter of six months of hard work my body transformed and I looked like a completely different person. No longer could anybody justifiably call me skinny. Finally I knew what it felt like to be a curvy woman.
From day one on my path to becoming a figure competitor I have used Max Muscle products to improve my physique. Through proper training, nutrition, and supplementation, I placed 1st at my first figure competition. In addition, one week after graduating law school, I competed at my 2nd figure competition and placed 3rd in my class. Competing in two figure competitions while in law school, hands down, was the most challenging experience of my life. However, my experience has taught me that I can and will do anything I set my mind to. With that belief in mind, I am in the process of starting up my own law firm, conducting personal training part-time, and representing Max Muscle Eugene, Oregon.
Since I embarked on the journey to become a figure competitor, I have helped many individuals around me to live a healthier lifestyle. As a personal trainer, I wholeheartedly believe that individual results are a product of individualized routines. With the client’s goal in mind, I incorporate elements of flexibility, cardiovascular, stabilization and resistance training to produce the most suitable exercise program while providing guidance in the areas of nutrition and supplementation.
With a clientele that possess goals such as weight loss, lean body mass gain, and competition preparation, I am confident that I can help you attain your goal!