Ali is a keen problem solver, and loves the satisfaction of helping her clients reach their goals by optimising and individualising the way that we fuel our bodies. Ali grew up as one of the few girls in a large extended family, and as a result, she feels very comfortable on the sidelines at the rugby or on the riverbank at regattas – recovery nutrition at the ready! Ali was heavily involved in club and school netball herself, and while team sport remains a part of her weekly routine, Ali has since developed a love for distance running.
Ali studied Dietetics and Exercise Physiology at university, and as a student became involved in sports performance nutrition for the NRL and A League. After completing her studies, Ali gained her sports dietetics accreditation at the Australian Institute of Sport.
Through her own sporting endeavours as well as her clients’, curiosity of the physiological responses to exercise has led Ali to a PhD; when she isn’t at Health Place, you’ll find Ali in the lab, researching the effects of diet and hydration on sports performance.
Two things I can’t live without: I couldn’t go a day without my music (preferably a fresh new running playlist), but if we are talking basic necessities, then I could not live without my family, and my mates.
9am on a Sunday morning, and I am (optimistically) on a board in the ocean, or sipping coffee after a morning run along the river.
My favourite training session is VIP access to the spin room when no classes are on (i.e. sneaking in) – cranking my own music!
Tea or coffee? Coffee in the morning, tea before bed!
My last meal would be: something Mexican – you can’t go wrong!
Listen to your body. Eat small amounts often, and eat a wide variety of fresh foods. Enjoy food, and do your best to respect where it’s come from.