Member Highlight: Alison Fiasconaro

On May 13th, 2008 Alison began training for her first bodybuilding competition and today, 2 ½ years later she took first place at the prestigious Yorton Cup Bodybuilding Competition.  This is her story… When Alison first decided she was going to compete in bodybuilding she was 43 years old and the mother of two.  She had just joined the Colosseum because she could get in a workout while her daughter was next door in ballet class.  One night she met with one of our trainers, “Big Mike” Acham, and being no stranger to the bodybuilding world, he immediately recognized Alison’s potential.  As Alison tells it, “He [Mike] saw far into the future and he had a plan.” At the beginning, Big Mike set the stage for success by creating a structured workout program and gradually progressing her as she met the demand.  As Big Mike tells it, “we began with learning the proper mechanics for each exercise.  She had to feel it first … the reps and weight came later.” Eventually, Alison’s workouts reached a new height of intensity, and no longer resembled anything the average human being would voluntarily push through.  If you’ve been here to see her work out, you know.  She lifted hard and she lifted often … and she had the mental fortitude to stick to her nutritionist’s diet plan throughout. On her trainer Alison would like you to know, “I trust Mike completely. He knows how I like to be pushed and he was there to make sure I did it.  I could not have accomplished what I have without him.” In August 2009...