Allison Jackson Fitness originally started out as FitMomsofNJ.com in 2010 when I began to realize how many of my mom-friends were either struggling to lose weight, looking for ways to incorporate exercise into their busy lives or trying to figure out how to prioritize their health while caring for their family.
Fitness is my passion. When I was in my teens, I used to read my Dad’s Muscle & Fitness magazines and attempt to lift weights and work out in our unfinished basement with a weight bench and some dumbbells. My mom would take me to Jazzercise classes with her. I struggled with my weight, but it was during those early years that I caught the fitness bug.
Before I was a fitness competitor, I played field hockey all through high school and college. While in college, I became a certified aerobics instructor (back when they called it “aerobics” and leotards and leg warmers were all the rage). I also received my personal trainer certification. I taught everything from step aerobics to kickboxing (who remembers Billy Blanks’ Tae Bo style?). Then I started running…I ran 5Ks, 10Ks, half marathons, some sprint triathlons, two marathons (NYC and Philly), a Warrior Dash and a Tough Mudder.
But I wanted more.
In the late 90’s I discovered fitness competitions (think bodybuilding meets beauty pageant), which involved a fitness routine and posing routine. I took gymnastics lessons as a 25-year-old with a class full of 9-year-old's. It was not my cup of tea.
Fast forward to 2012 when I discovered a trainer who was also an IFBB figure pro who was willing to prep me for my first figure competition. Most organizations had eliminated the fitness routine portion and I was ready to finally tackle this challenge.
I competed in my first competition in 2012 and continued to compete until this past year when I obtained my pro card — four years in the making!
What I love more than anything is when people say they’re inspired by what I’ve done or motivated to try working out.
That is what I love -- helping people realize their fitness goals — whether it’s eating healthy, getting started with an exercise routine, attempting a 5K or trying their hand at competing.