Ally van de Pol is a Personal Trainer, Certified Holistic Nutritionist & Senior Exercise Specialist
Ally is passionate about helping people lead better healthier lives.
She began her sporting career as a child, spending her teens competing on the track and then getting back to running longer distances in her early thirties.
When she arrived in HK 14 years ago, she continued running, mixing it up with competitive netball, dragon boating, white collar boxing and Crossfit. For the first eight years of her time in Hong Kong she was certainly overtraining; compensating for the HK lifestyle of eating and drinking too much with too frequent workouts, not enough rest and sprinkled with a touch of emotional eating to boot.
She has eaten a whole food plant based vegan diet since June 2017, initially as an attempt to improve health after been diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis (it's working!) but she also now advocates this lifestyle as a great way to manage weight and to reduce the planet's ethical and environmental load.She is acutely aware of the chronic conditions that today's lifestyle and diet produces.
Her style of functional strength training is often the missing element in clients' exercise regime. As well as building muscle, strength and reducing fat, she can help reduce pain and niggles, even out bio-mechanical imbalances, thus improving sporting performance or simply life performance!
She holds a NASM-CPT personal training qualification, is an AFPA Certified Holistic Nutritionist, an AAHF Senior Fitness Specialist, in addition to holding First Aid and CPR qualifications. She is a student of Dr John Rusin and is currently studying part time, due to become a certified Naturopath in 2022.