Peloton instructor Ally Love shared her daily diet and training regime with Insider.
She loves juices, smoothies, salmon salads, curries, and has a weakness for yogurt.
Love’s training regime is diverse, incorporating running, cycling, barre, and strength work.
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Ally Love is a Peloton instructor, host of the Brooklyn Nets, and founder of online empowerment community Love Squad.
Needless to say, she works hard but doesn’t let her health and fitness fall by the wayside.
While promoting Kite Hill’s almond milk yogurts, Love spoke to Insider about what she eats and how she trains to empower herself and others.
Love’s day on a plate is as healthy as you’d imagine
First things first: 12oz celery juice and 16oz water – “I have a BodyArmor Smartwater, so I’ll try to chug one of those to get my system going,” she said.
Love often then teaches a Peloton class or does a workout of her own.
“I don’t necessarily eat right before I work out,” Love said, adding that often this is out of laziness and isn’t necessarily something she’d recommend. “If I’m doing, say, a Tabata class, I’ll have a banana or half an apple with some almond butter just to give me some fuel.”
Breakfast: Yogurt smoothie – Love often makes a smoothie with natural almond milk yogurt, almond milk, banana, blueberries, cinnamon, protein powder, and dates. “I am not the hugest breakfast fan except on Saturdays, which are for pancakes,” she said.
Lunch: Salmon salad – “I like salads with something warm on like salmon, tofu, or mushrooms. And I love a good Greek salad with chickpeas.”
Snacks: Green smoothie – Love keeps herself going between meals by whizzing up green smoothies, often made from kale, spinach, pineapple, celery, and cucumber.
Dinner: Curry – “I love Indian food so I crave curry, chana, and rice all the time,” Love said, crediting her own Miami upbringing combined with the heritage of her Trinidadian fiancé.
Dessert: Vanilla yogurt – “I try to only have one, so this is where discipline comes in,” Love said, adding that she deliberately doesn’t buy the plain yogurt because it comes in larger tubs and she’d eat it all in one go. “So I get the small vanilla yogurt and cherish the moment.”
“I try to eat everything in moderation and be more mindful around my eating,” she said. “I knew it wasn’t bad for me – it’s creamy and it’s healthy – but I try to be mindful about my consumption.”
Love has a diverse fitness portfolio
Love is a cycling instructor for Peloton, but her own workout regime is impressively diverse, including running, barre, and strength classes. When it’s not too cold though, she loves to run outside.
“I try to run at least three miles five times a week, if not longer – one of those days will be a six mile run,” Love said.
She’s a big proponent of fitting in exercise as and when she can, even if that means just a 10-minute burst when she finds a pocket of time in the day.
“I was in the gym just before a call, I realized I had nine minutes and thought, ‘OK I can run a mile and come back,'” she said.
Love preaches the message that “every body is great,” but says “if you ever want to change the shape of your body, strength training is so important,” which she does at least three times a week.
Not only does Love mix up cardio and strength work, but she diversifies her strength training too, using both heavy and light weights.
“You want to diversify your fitness portfolio,” she said. “Whatever you are consuming, whether it’s media, fitness, or food, you want to make sure that there is variety because then your body is able to respond better and you can get to a place where you are feeling your healthiest and best. If you only do one workout, you’re going to plateau.”
In total, Love works out 5-6 times a week, but she makes time to recover too: One of those days will be a recovery day, where she might go for a walk or do yoga, and one day a week is devoted purely to rest.
“It’s usually Saturday, it’s a day just for me, I don’t do anything except spend time with my family and talk to friends,” Love said.
Love encourages focusing on one goal at a time
With many people vowing to get fit and healthy at the start of a new year, Love recommends keeping things simple and focusing on what she calls “the power of one.”
“When we add on too fast, we don’t succeed,” she said. “We don’t follow through, we get overwhelmed. And so the power of one is about establishing what that one goal is, and then each day doing one thing towards that goal.”
Instead of trying to add more and more changes into your life, Love advises thinking about sustainability and consistency.
“Focus on one thing and eliminate the noise,” she said. “Every day, do one thing towards that goal. That’s it. Don’t try to add in everything. The power of one makes you feel fulfilled.”
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