Alli Ruben Magier works as a Registered Dietitian at Rooted Wellness, where she specializes in wellness coaching for women prioritizing nutrition in all walks of life. She also has her own private practice, Eats by Alli, and used to be part of our FHITfam as a Marketing Manager! We caught up with Alli to chat about her brand, the importance of balancing fitness and nutrition, and of course, her first FHIX:
Tell us about your first FHIX!
I’m almost positive my first FHIX was with Eric on the UES before I even worked at Fhitting Room. I was super into trying fitness studios around NYC and for me it was love at first FHIX. I definitely love intense workouts, so I was super into how difficult it was. I always say it’s annoying to pay for a boutique class and then feel like you didn't do that much. At Fhitting Room it’s worth every single penny because you get such an amazing workout with the attention of personal training. It was incredibly hard but I loved it.
What do you love about Fhitting Room workouts?
My favorite thing is that they are science backed and I’m all about the science. HIIT training is one of the best things that you can do for yourself physically, mentally, for longevity, etc. The trainers are also so hands on and personable. I also love that the workouts are so effective. You can do it once a week or 5 times a week and it can fit into your routine without getting bored. I’ve never looked at the clock in a Fhitting Room class, even if you’re dying on the assault bike. because they’re always ever-changing.
Why did you decide to study nutrition and become a RD?
I initially thought that I wanted to work in fitness, which is why when I met Kari (Fhitting Room’s Founder) it was the perfect balance of a fitness studio that I believed in with a really wonderful mentor and boss. I loved that it was a woman-founded company with a strong, largely female team. It felt like my forever career at the time.
While I was there I realized that interacting with the clientele - especially pre and postnatal clients - was one of my favorite parts of my job. Knowing that nutrition was also my passion led me to discover that becoming a dietitian was the perfect medium between things I loved: nutrition and wellness. Knowing I could make a difference in people's lives was super important to me in finding a lifelong career.
What inspired Eats by Alli? Tell us about that journey.
My friends told me that I needed a professional Instagram right when I went back to school. Funny enough I’m rebranding right now to Well by Alli, because there’s so much more to wellness than just nutrition. Eats by Alli was started because I thought, why not post recipes and promote my practice? Since then it’s evolved into more of a wellness space, as I’m also a certified life coach.
What would you say is a good first step for someone wanting to jumpstart their health?
Eat more vegetables! Eat more plants, and drink more water. Move your body for at least 20 minutes a day, whether that means a workout or something less strenuous like going on a walk.
Why is balancing fitness and nutrition important in staying healthy?
I like to always say that exercise is important both mentally and physically. But the bigger picture of how people feel better from the inside out is fueling your body properly through food. It’s an essential balance of releasing endorphins when we exercise and fueling the body when we eat. Together, they provide the synergy of a beautiful outcome. What you put in your body is coding for how your cells and organs work.
What piece of advice would you give other female founders?
No one’s going to believe in you like you believe in yourself. At the end of the day, you’re your biggest advocate and you are the person making your own decisions. Believe in yourself and believe you can do what you are meant to do, as cliche as it sounds.
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