Christy Alexon | PhD, RD
- PhD – Physical Activity, Nutrition and Wellness, Arizona State University (2010)
- RD – Registered Dietitian, Commission on Dietetic Registration (2007)
- MS – Nutrition, Arizona State University (2007)
- BS – Human Nutrition, Arizona State University (2004)
- Clinical Professor, College of Health Solutions, Arizona State University (2010-present)
- President, Arizona Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (2015-2016)
- Clinical Dietitian, Chandler Regional Medical Center (2012-2016)
- Adjunct Faculty, Nutrition & Dietetics Program, Mesa Community College (2007-2010)
- Consultant, Phoenix VA Healthcare System (2007)
- Advanced macronutrient metabolism
- Energy balance and weight management
- Research methods and statistics
- Nutrition throughout the life cycle
- NPC Bikini Division Competitor
- USA Powerlifting Competitor
- Starting Strength Seminar: The Complete Method – detailed instructional proficiency for five basic barbell lifts (low bar squat, deadlift, bench press, overhead press, and power clean)
- Completed Starting Strength linear progression, currently training and coaching the five basic barbell lifts
- Endurance running enthusiast (completed 2 marathons, 12+ half marathons, 3 long distance trail relay events, plus a variety of 5K/10K events)
About Me - I was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona and am a mother to one beautiful daughter plus adopted dog mom to four crazy (but adorable) dogs! I love teaching and am a Clinical Professor at Arizona State University in addition to working as a coach with RP. I have past experience as an endurance runner before shifting my focus to strength and hypertrophy training, and I currently compete as a natural athlete in bodybuilding (bikini division). I still love cardio in the form of a good hike though, especially on the beautiful trails we have here in AZ!
Why did you start coaching? I would not be where I am today without the help of my academic mentors and coaches over the years, so I believe in 'paying it forward' so to speak and helping my clients become the best versions of themselves through consistency with balanced nutrition and training. There is much misinformation in this field, so I deeply value the opportunity to provide science-based guidance to help my clients feel and perform at their absolute best.
What is your coaching style? I take a collaborative approach and meet clients where they are, while encouraging a positive mindset and viewing setbacks/challenges as opportunities to learn and grow. This journey is about progress, not perfection and it is the challenges we face and overcome that ultimately change us for the better.
What kinds of clients do you work with? I mostly work with clients who want to build healthier habits around nutrition while losing body fat, increasing self-confidence, and seeing more muscle definition. Some of my clients have medical conditions like PCOS, hypothyroidism, etc and it is very rewarding to help them see results. Many of my clients are recreational (or aspiring professional) athletes, so I make every effort to design a plan that will balance aesthetic goals with athletic performance as much as possible. I also enjoy working with postpartum moms to help them make the body composition changes they are looking for after pregnancy, which is something I am passionate about after having a child of my own!
What is your favorite part of coaching? I love seeing how improved self-care with nutrition and physical activity has a ripple-effect leading to positive changes in other areas of life (beyond just changing weight or body composition).
What type of client would be the best fit to work with you? Clients who are looking to lose body fat, build muscle, and/or maintain weight loss while developing healthy habits and building self-confidence are an excellent fit. Clients who want to optimize athletic performance and see body composition changes over time are a great fit as well.
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Sep 7, 2020