Alternative Fitness

Move Daily Health Podcast Episode 006: Let’s Talk Alternative Fitness, with Alisha Smith

Alternative FitnessIs it possible to get fit and stay healthy without the traditional gym experience? In today’s episode, your Move Daily Health Coaches welcome the co-Director of Integral Aerial, Alisha Smith, to explore the world of Alternative Fitness.

Alisha’s experience in the fitness industry has led her to a very clear conclusion: Fitness has to be personalized. Today we discuss everything from Crossfit to Aerial and Animal Flow to Strongman, and how to make all types of fitness accessible to all populations.

Key topics:

0:00 – Who is Alisha Smith?

3:05 – What is Alternative Fitness?

6:15 – Do you need a barbell to get fit and be healthy?

7:35 – The importance of personalizing fitness

10:45 – How Crossfit has positively impacted Alternative Fitness

11:40 – How Integral makes Aerial accessible to all populations

15:05 – Why Alisha fell in love with Aerial, and how it has helped shaped her career

– Continuous and never-ending improvement & Inclusivity

19:30 – Alisha discusses her biggest obstacles as an Entrepreneur

21:40 – The importance of outsourcing for small-business owners

22:40 – What leadership truly means

24:00 – We discuss Dain’s first encounter with aerial silks

25:00 – The positive impacts of alternative fitness on young people

28:20 – How Integral merges ground-based movement into an Aerials program

29:56 – Difference between closed chain and open chain movements, and the value of having a diverse movement diet

32:36 – How Animal Flow made Alisha a better Aerialist, and Dain a better Strongman Athlete

34:45 – How to make Aerial safe and scalable for anyone… even those who are afraid of heights!

39:20 – Alisha’s peak moment as a coach: We all communicate and learn differently

41:40 – Why we all benefit when we stop worrying about what others think

43:15 – Alisha’s book recommendation:

– The One Thing, by Gary Keller

44:35 – Alisha’s two non-negotiable self-care tools:

– Get outside every day

– Move every day

46:08 – Alisha’s one piece of advice to help you with your health and well-being

48:20 – Alisha’s contact deets

Further Reading:

Why Movement Matters

More about Alisha Smith:

With over 14 years of industry experience across a range of hands-on training, development and leadership roles, Alisha is not your average fitness educator and practitioner. For over a decade Alisha held the role of Learning and Development Manager at Australian Fitness Network, where she was responsible for the curriculum development and delivery, and conference programming that has qualified or up-skilled many thousands of new and existing fitness professionals.

Alisha is also co-Director of Integral, a ground-breaking movement studio that is at the forefront of aerial instruction in Australia, where she leads a team of superstar movement educators.

As evidenced in her work as an Animal Flow Master Instructor, Alisha’s love of sharing intelligent movement, bodyweight exploration, and skill acquisition with kids and adults of all ages and experience levels underpins her dynamic, articulate and encouraging teaching style.

An accomplished writer, presenter and mover, Alisha also brings an astute, humorous and authentic approach to her mentoring and speaking work.

Connect with Alisha:

Facebook: Alisha Smith

Instagram: @integralaerial

Instagram: @itsalishasmith

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