Hi, I’m Alyssa Verley and I’m a Certified Health Coach through ACE, the American Council on Exercise. I’m also a competitive powerlifter in the USPA, United States Powerlifting Association, and a former competitive bodybuilder with the WBFF, World Beauty Fitness and Fashion.
My fitness journey began in April 2014 when I finally decided I was ready for a change. I wanted to look and feel better about myself so I set a goal to get back in shape (I grew up an athlete and had kind of fallen off the “working out wagon” after college).
Seven months later in November 2014, I competed in my first WBFF fitness competition and had fallen in love with the whole process – the training, the discipline, the motivation, the results, the stage, the people I met along the way, all of it! I went on to compete in three more shows, with my final one being in November 2016. I came to the conclusion that everything I had to put myself through for those shows just wasn’t worth it anymore. My diet, my training, my whole life revolved around my body and what it looked like and I was missing out on so much life (and food!) and my overall health – physical and mental – had really taken a hit from prepping for these shows.
I’ve since swapped out the bikini and heels for a singlet and Chuck Taylor’s and have taken up powerlifting. It allows me to live a much more fulfilling life where I get to eat alot and lift alot! I no longer judge my body for what it looks like but for what it’s capable of.
And that’s the lesson I try to teach women – and men – everywhere. We are more than a physical appearance. Our worth is not determined by what we look like but instead for the person that we are. My fitness journey has taught me more lessons that I could ever put into words and I’ve experienced some crazy high highs and some extremely low lows since I began this journey in April 2014 but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I continue to build myself up every single day and aim to build up those around me as well. I’ve come to realize that lifting weights and living this type of lifestyle not only improves our physical health but also our mental health and well-being by instilling in us a sense of self-confidence, self-love and self-worth.
My goal with Crown Fitness is to empower women everywhere to chase their goals and dreams – in fitness and in life – and to believe in and love yourself fully with every passing moment that we are fortunate enough to be on this Earth. Women have always taken a backseat to men but our time has come; it’s time for us to step up, stand tall, hold our heads up high, get strong AF, and take control of our lives. Nobody tells us who we are or how we’re supposed to live. It’s our time ladies, now put your Crown on and own it!