Posted 22 June 2011 by Interview:

Allison Moyer

Are you or have you ever been a cardio bunny and avoided the free-weight section?

Prior to lifting weights I was a competitive track and field and cross country athlete - so the only experience I had with regards to weights was in doing any sort of "strength training" as a part of my conditioning programs with my athletics. I was never a "cardio bunny" persay, but there was a period in my life where "being athletic" and "being in shape" did not include weight training in my mind.

How long do you spend in the gym during
a typical workout?

It really depends - certain workouts of mine take longer then others and it depends on whether or not I'm preparing for a contest.

What are you most proud of?

I'd say I'm most proud of my business - to be able to do what I do for a living. I am the proud owner of my own online training and nutritional company. I've been in business for myself for over a year now, and have been blessed to work remotely with IFBB fitness pros, IFPA figure pros, dancers, bodybuilders, competitive athletes, and average men and women both in the U.S and beyond. I specialize in contest prep packages, strength and conditioning programs, and nutritional consultation and planning.

Are you any good at cooking?

 I hate to brag - but I am an EXCELLENT cook and I LOVE cooking, both for myself and others. Cooking lean is a huge passion of mine. When I'm not preparing for a show I love making my whole foods protein bars and quinoa chicken salad.

What’s the longest break you’ve had from training?

The longest I've been away from cardio has been about 2 and 1/2 weeks, and from weight training, 4. I had surgery this past November and was unable to weight train or do cardio for a period of time. Although, the break was hard for me mentally, physically I think it was one of the best things for me.

What are the biggest obstacles or setbacks have
you had to overcome in your life?

I think the biggest obstacles or setbacks ANY of us have to overcome or work to surmount, are self created - from our own fears or self-doubt. I truly think that if you BELIEVE you can do something... you can, regardless of the circumstances or obstacles you may encounter.

How do you manage to stay motivated?

I have a very strong foundation with my faith in God, which keeps me centered and motivated when I struggle. Outside of turning to God when I need to remain focused - I stay motivated through the encouragement and support of my friends, family, and trainer, and through the desire to be the very best I can at what I do. I'm competitive by nature, especially against myself, and constantly improving, growing, and honing my physique is something I'm very passionate and dedicated about.

How do you deal with cravings for junk foods,
sweets and salty food?

"Nothing tastes as good as being lean feels." That's one of my mantras. To be honest I don't really have them. I haven't eaten "junk" in quite some time. I hate the way garbage foods make my body feel and I can honestly say I prefer lean, whole, muscle building, fat torching natural foods. I eat clean organic food year round whether preparing for a show or not. If I do have a craving it tends to be that I simply want MORE of what I'm already eating.

Who are your favourite, athletes or fitness models?

I'm a huge fan of Ava Cowan, Erin Stern, Candice Keene, Alicia Marie (click to see Alicia Marie's interview with, and my trainer Gretchen Crass.

What 3 tips would you give to any woman wanting to get a feminine, CutandJacked physique like yours?

  1. Building a body takes time, we live in a society of impatience. EVERYONE wants instant results, immediate changes, and they'd love to get them with little to no hard work. Building a physique takes time, days, weeks, months, years of hard work and consistency with diet and training.
  2. There is no "one size fits all"- By this I mean there is more then one way to skin a cat. No one method works the same for everyone, and the key to achieving the body you want is to find the method of training and eating that works for YOU and YOUR body. What works for your best friend may not be the best option for you, and simply pulling a diet from a magazine or copying another athlete's training regime will not necessarily guarantee you'll get the same results. Be a student of your own body.
  3. You have to EAT to be lean - So many times I see men and women think that the key to being hard and being lean is to cut calories, cut fat, cut carbs, blah blah. I cannot stress or emphasize this enough, you have to EAT to be lean. The trick is to eat the RIGHT kinds of foods, within the right structure of calories for your body, containing the correct macro nutrient breakdowns, timed at peak moments in the day. There IS a science to what you eat, how much, and when- but you NEED TO EAT TO BE LEAN. Starvation never works, and it certainly never lasts.

What types of cardio have worked best for you?

I use a variety of cardio methods in my training, as I find my body tends to plateau if I do one thing too frequently. I do a lot of plyometrics, HIIT, and interval training. I do some steady state cardio as well but less frequently. I do a lot of treadmill work and treadmill training, but I also use the Precor and Stepmill.

What is your training routine like? 

This varies SO much this is hard for me to answer. My body is my guide- I adjust what I'm doing according to what my body needs and how it's looking. It also (obviously) depends on whether or not I'm in prep for a contest. I tend to do cardio 5-6 days a week, but the duration and frequency depends on whether I'm preparing for a show or not. I take at least one day off from the gym completely, whether preparing for a show or not. Usually on that day I take the dogs for a long walk, or I take yoga, or something relaxing and enjoyable, but no hardcore cardio or weights.

What does your diet consist of?

Again, this varies so much depending on whether I'm dieting for a show or not. Staples in my diet include the following protein sources- organic free range chicken, egg whites from cage free eggs, lean bison steak, 99% lean turkey tenderloin, wild caught orange roughy, wild caught salmon, and Sunwarrior Protein Powder; the following carbohydrate sources- asparagus, quinoa flakes, organic oats, green beans, spinach, and sweet potatoes; and the following fat sources- naturally more peanut butter with flaxseeds, hemp seeds, flax seeds, MCT Oil, coconut oil, and EVOO. If I'm not preparing for a show I also add in a wider variety of foods including apples, unsweetened applesauce, blueberries, strawberries, feta and low fat cheese, low fat cottage cheese, nonfat Greek yogurt, shrimp, scallops, lean cuts of free-range beef, and veggies like baby carrots.

If you could teach one thing to every person on the planet about what it takes to reach his or
her physical goals what would it be?

That achieving the body you want is a process, learn to enjoy it. Become a student of your body and be ready to work hard, harder then you think you'll have to. Being lean is NOT easy- if it were, we'd be a nation of lean muscular bodies, not overweight children and obese adults. It takes consistency and hard work to achieve your physique goals- there is NO quick fix...

Photo credits: Walt Ostarly, Picturegroove Photography, Chaz Photographics, Pavel Ythjall, LHGFX Photography


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