Friday Fitness Female: Allison Ethier – Western Grad, Personal Trainer, IFBB Fitness Pro and BodyBuilding.com Spokesmodel
With the Friday Fitness Female becoming a prominent series on the website, we’ve brought some of the of the biggest and best names in fitness, giving our readers an inside look at their lifestyles to find out how they’ve transformed themselves to become happier and healthier on a day-to-day basis.
In the last couple weeks, we’ve kept things local, and got incredible feedback from both fans near and far. Therefore, we decided to bring you yet another beautiful women of the fitness world with ties to the University of Western, Ontario. Without further adieu, we bring you Allison Ethier.
As a veteran in the fitness industry, Allison is the epitome of the mantra ‘hard work pays off’ having competed in over 40 shows in 14 years, with top finishes in numerous competitions. It’s no secret how she’s done it, and that’s with nothing but some of the biggest amounts of dedication and determination an individual can possess.
As an accomplished IFBB Professional Fitness athlete, personal trainer and loving mother and wife, there are not many hurdles you can put in front of Ethier that she won’t jump over, or smash right through. Year after year, Allison stays at the top of her game, and will continue to as time moves on.
Having competed all over North America, some of Allison’s accomplishments include: being the Inaugural Bodyspace Bodybuilding.com Spokesmodel, Arnold Amateur Fitness Champion, the FAME Fitness Champion X3, and Ms. Fitness Canada Runner-up. She’s also the Fitness America Champion, Fitness Canada Champion and North American Fitness Champion.
She’s that fit! Believe it!
Having been recruited by the University of Western Ontario for cheerleading, it was shortly after that she realized fitness competitions would be her future after completion of her degree. The decision clearly paid off, as Ethier not only has many trophies, but also features in Muscle & Fitness Hers, Oxygen, Musclemag, Ironman Magazine, Inside Fitness, Max Sports Mag, Natural Muscle and various other publications.
She’s also done infomercials, radio interviews, calendars, television interviews, and booth-work at the Arnold and Olympia events for Musclemag, Dream Tan, Muscular Development, and Bodybuilding.com. We’re not surprised Slimquick Razor and Tamee Marie Suits jumped on board to sponsor her.
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Interview with Allison
Who are you?
I am an in gym personal trainer, online personal trainer, athlete, IFBB Fitness pro, mother of one very active son, wife, and former high school math teacher of 10 years. I am originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, but grew up mostly in Moncton, New Brunswick. I attended University of Western Ontario, and was a Mustang Cheerleader (GO STANGS!) for my first degree in Biology, and for my Education degree attended the University of Prince Edward Island. I currently reside in Sherbrooke (formerly Lennoxville) Quebec, and yes, I can speak French. I am also privileged to be a Slimquick Razor Spokesmodel & Sponsored Athlete.
Feel free to contact me through my site at www.allisonethier.com – you can also follow my blogs as I have continued to blog since 2006 about my competing endeavours.
Can you describe yourself in 5 words?
Tenacious, Demanding, Loyal, Witty, and Resourceful.
How and when did you get into fitness, competitions and modeling?
Back in 1998, my cheerleading career was coming to an end with the completion of my first degree, so I had to find a way to stay in shape. I had seen a fitness show on TV during my time at Western, and knew that it would be the next step. Once I moved to UPEI, I was able to find a show in the area, and train for it myself. There was no Internet as it is known today, and I had to do everything by myself – including sew my own swimsuit, and do my own choreography. It was my first show, and I won. I was hooked when I saw my photo in the International Magazine – Musclemag, and continued to pursue other competitions and other federations. I was contacted by Oxygen magazine to do a shoot, and then things took off from there. Much like business and politics, modelling is not just about having the look but who you know to get your foot in the door.
What would you consider your greatest accomplishment to date?
My son. I never knew that that kind of love existed.
Having been with my sponsor Slimquick Razor for the past 8 years tops the list. Many jump around from company to company. I like having grown with the company. Creates more of a family vibe. There are other huge highlights: 2008 I won the Arnold Amateur event and got to meet Arnie himself. Winning the 2009 North Americans to achieve my pro status as an IFBB athlete. I dieted the whole season for that. And then 2 weeks later competed in my first pro show. Attending my first Arnold Classic was memorable and forgettable at the same time. I had always wanted to be there, yet, made mistakes, and did not perform at my best. Also in 2009 I became the first ever Bodybuilding.com spokesmodel – they are a fabulous company and am very proud to represent them.
You’ve been to countless amounts of competitions, what three stand out as being memorable, and why?
Many stand out in my mind but the most prestigious so far was attending the Arnold Fitness International (2010, 2011, 2012) 3x in a row. It is an invitational competition. Not just anyone can sign up and go. You have to submit an application, and wait to see if you are selected by whose who in the industry. You need to have some impact on the industry to be invited. Of the 12-15 girls who get to be invited, I am one of them. It is very humbling.
Having graced the covers of the magazines; Ironman (June 09’), Beyond Fitness (Fall 08’), Urban Fitness (Summer 05’) and Natural Muscle (October 04’) and appearing numerous times in other prints- Is there any magazine you’ve yet to conquer?
Oxygen Magazine – do you have any connections?
Well if anyone from Oxygen sees this feature, they’d be crazy not to contact you!! Is there anyone in the industry you look up to, or aspire to be like? And if not now, what about earlier on in your career?
I have always wanted to be my best self. I admire all the girls who compete in fitness with me, as I know what we go through to get into stage shape, and how we actually love doing the routine. Many girls who compete, I just want them to realize what an honor that is, as most will start the process and never realize it.
You have a degree from Teachers College. If you had to pick between being a personal trainer and a teacher, which would you choose and why?
I took a course in college, and handed in one very large project. The professor, upon review of my work, told me it was wrong. He gave me two options – do it over, or take a pass mark only. I was competing in two weeks, so I really did not have the energy to ‘do it over’ so I took the pass. He told me that maybe I had to choose – do teaching or do fitness, but not both. In my mind I thought ‘f–you, I will do both’. For 10 years I was a high school math teacher, and gave my all to the job. Then a new principal decided that since I had a biology background I should be teaching biology. For almost 15 years I had not seen a science textbook, and he wanted me to start all over in anther subject area. Since I had been doing fitness competitions in parallel with my teaching, I had to give it [personal training] a go. If I had to start over in something else, it was going to be fitness not teaching. It is still like teaching, just not in the classroom. I took 2 years before I decided to exit from my teaching position.
Fitness is something that I should have done all my life. It is who I am. Perhaps life was giving me a sign back when that professor suggested I needed to choose. This time I made the right choice – and have never looked back since.
Do you ever find yourself passing on fitness knowledge to your math students?
Yes. They now seek me out to write them training programs, nutrition and how to get started in competing. I have half a generation of students who I see frequently as now they are in CEGEP or University. Even former colleagues are approaching me to get them into shape. Things have come full circle. This is where I was supposed to be.
What is your favourite body part?
Back or Shoulders. Nah. Both.
What is the most difficult part about maintaining such a stunning figure?
The diet. My friends all drink. My family drinks. Bonding with people (familiar or recently introduced) always is over food and drink. I can handle saying ‘no’ to a lot of food, however, it is those who I say ‘no’ to that many times, cannot handle it. They feel uncomfortable if I choose not to eat something. Like I am not trying to be a part of the group. Sure there are times when I indulge, but during prep for a show – the answer is ‘no’. I am really the best guest to have at a party – I bring my own food, and drink. You will never hear me complain about what is being served.
What do your meal plan consist of?
Chicken, lots of vegetables, sweet potatoes, oatmeal, eggs, egg whites, nuts, fruit. I eat the same things all the time. I don’t mind. It works. Then if I want something off meal plan sure I will eat it if I really want it. If it isn’t DDD – drop dead delicious; I don’t eat it. I work way to hard to just waste the calories.
Is there anything you avoid eating completely?
Not really. In season – I don’t eat bread. I love warm bread, and butter. That is a treat to me. I guess you could say bread – I infrequently eat bread.
How many times do you workout per week?
4-5x off season, in season probably 6-7x per week which includes routine practice.
Can you take us through your weekly routine? (Monday legs, Tuesday back/shoulders, wed… etc)
That would be giving away my ‘secret’ training. I will give you this: I do 2 upper and 2 lower body days per week, plus a bit of cardio 2x per week – maybe 10-15 mins. One day a week i will mess around in the aerobic room to keep up all my fitness skills like press holds, gymnastics, and flexibility work. I do stretch 5-6x per week. Almost everyday.
Do you have any competitions coming up? How often do you compete?
I just had 3 shows in 6 weeks. It is uncommon for a competitor to compete this much back to back. Especially in fitness when we do the dance routine. Usually girls will do 2 maybe 3 shows in a year. This year I would like to make it to the Olympia which is the pinnacle of shows for what we do. So the more you compete and place well (top 5) you will get points. The 5 girls who have the highest points by the end of the season will be invited to the Olympia. I want to be among those girls. Plus I just love competing. It was and is a hobby that has gotten out of control. Now it is my addiction. It is ok. It is who I am. I enjoy being onstage, the prep, the food, the training. I would do 80% of it on a regular basis anyways, so what’s another 20%? I will do as many shows necessary to get me to the Olympia. In fitness there are not that many offered per year – maybe 6. In other divisions there are over 25 per year. Fitness has so few, so I have to take advantage of all of them.
What do you find the most satisfying about living a fit lifestyle?
Feeling good in my own skin. Feeling in control of my body. It is very empowering, and can transition over into other areas of your life. Plus, I am unable to digest the things that I once ate when I was in my 20s. Gone are the days of staying up late, drinking alcohol, late night fast food feeding, and going to class at 8am. I just don’t have that kind of stamina anymore. Let’s just say that I won’t be having a mid-life crisis when I am 40.
Has there been anyone in the fitness world that has made you awe-struck upon meeting them?
I can remember when i first started, I met the girls I would see on TV, and now they are friends of mine. I don’t really get that feeling anymore. I just think – oh, wow, there is so and so. I guess I can see that they are real people first, and the ‘celebrity’ second.
Besides fitness related activities, what do you do during your spare time?
House stuff. Much like the body, it is a work in progress. Trying to grow my personal training business, so I spend a lot of time on my website doing media, media for myself to progress my brand, and spending time with my family. I am always working on something- trying to make it better. I read as much as I can, and try not to watch TV.
It’s well known that steroids are talked about in the sport of bodybuilding. What would you say to anyone who doubts your natural physique?
Doubters can think what they want. I have to say that I have never heard of anyone saying that about me, ever. Not to my face anyways. If they did it wouldn’t bother me. At a certain point in your life you stop caring what others think. I think I am at that place.
Do you use any supplements to help aid you pre, during or post workout?
Slimquick Razor , Slimquick drink sachets, Whey protein, vitamin C, fish oils. I only recently started using a pre workout and some BCAAs. How’s that for natural?
Do you have any sponsors?
If someone was looking to live an active lifestyle, what are three tips you’d give them?
Eat real food, move at least 5 hours per week with intent, and get your 8 hours of sleep/relaxation time.
Do you have anything planned for the future we should be keeping an eye out for?
I will be doing the Toronto Pro Super Show in Toronto, Ontario, Canada – June 1,2, 3 – 2012.
And if I make it there – the Olympia in September 2012, in Las Vegas, NV
Do you have any final words for your readers and the fans of Lion’s Den U?
Embrace change. Even if you fear something do it anyways. Do something you love and the money will follow.
You’re truly an inspiration and it’s been an honour featuring you. We’ll continue to follow you throughout your fitness endeavours, and best of luck in the future! Hopefully both our fans and yours enjoy the gallery and youtube playlist we’ve put together. Thanks Allison! ♥
Fitness Champion and Model – Highlight Reel –
Fitness Routines, Print Work, Infomercials and Photos.
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