Hi, I’m Ally!
Health Coach & Exercise Physiologist and Owner/Founder of AB Health Coaching
Most days you can find me in my Buffalo, NY home or local coffee shop in my high waisted jeans and crop top sweater with a coffee mug in hand. I am a wife to my awesome advertising husband, and a mom to two cats who act like dogs. I am a Health Coach and Exercise Physiologist, an advocate for Health At Every Size (HAES), and a believer that healthy living should be empowering, fun, and simple. I am a teacher, a homebody, a devoted friend and sister, and an expert on all things “F.R.I.E.N.D.S.”. My true spirit comes out when I’m playing competitive games and my favorite thing to do in the entire world is laugh.
I am passionate about helping driven women in caregiving professions and executive positions overcome fatigue and burnout so they can reclaim their health and feel strong, energized, and fully present for the important moments in their life while giving back to those they serve from a full cup. I am lucky to show these women how taking control of their health and putting themselves first can not only be simple and fun, but can simultaneously enhance their relationships, home life, and career – I know, I’ve done it!
I really believe that we are on this earth to have fun, enjoy our life, and make an impact. And I believe that starts with loving yourself and your body by stepping into your power to create a life in which you thrive.Ally Bouchard
I grew up in a large blended family in Rochester, NY, the oldest of 3 girls and 1 half-brother with the addition of 2 older step-brothers on my dad’s side. I graduated SUNY Brockport with my Bachelor’s in Exercise Physiology and the greatest appreciation for how the body can help you heal after my return to exercise during my freshman year of college helped me overcome my first bout of depression.
I spent the next 7 years working in female-focused gyms, cardiac rehabs and medical fitness centers as an Exercise Physiologist and Health Coach working with patients on mental and physical health to prevent and reverse disease.
Even though I was teaching health and wellness, making my own health a priority during life outside of college was a struggle. The demands of working in a caregiving profession in addition to cultivating thriving relationships in my marriage, family, and social life became overwhelming. I was trying to care for everyone else but myself and be a part of the “hustle” lifestyle which was taking a toll on my health. I found myself up against extreme fatigue, insomnia, and debilitating anxiety and depression once again – and I wasn’t the only one.
Many of the women I was coaching were struggling with the same kind of burnout and overwhelm. There was a missing link in how we were caring for ourselves and approaching health and wellness and it wasn’t being addressed.
I knew there needed to be a shift and the traditional “all or nothing” approach to exercise and nutrition was not going to cut it for me or my patients. So I developed a system that is simple, fun, and empowering that allowed me to take control of my health and feel fully energized and present for everything I love without adding to my state of burnout!
It is my mission to help women:
Take control of their health and write their own rules
Get back in touch with their bodies and minds
And find balance and ease in a life they LOVE!
As heart-centered women, you have so much to give to the world. And when health is compromised and energy is low you can only give a fraction of what you have to offer. Let me help you turn your light all the way up and re-energize your body and mind so you can show up everyday as the badass women you were created to be!
My Harry Potter house is Ravenclaw
A few of my favorite things are: dancing, laughing, Halloween, and baked goods
Pilates was my first love of fitness, and I still bring a lot of those principles into how I train the body today
I love coffee and am obsessed with cute coffee mugs, but I can't tolerate caffeine
I originally thought I would be a teacher and still have a teacher's heart. My teaching desire shifted from educating the youth to empowering the adults.
My favorite music is 2000's pop-punk and alternative rock - hand me a shot of tequila and you have yourself a par-tay!
Health is not a number, it's a feeling- Ally Bouchard
What If You Could Change Your Life In The Next 90 Days?
Working with Ally has been a great experience. Prior to this program my back was in pain and I would automatically and mindlessly eat, feeling completely disconnected to my body. After years of yo-yo dieting; I found Allys approach to be refreshing. It is not about restrictions or beating oneself up, but about acceptance and positive, mindful changes. Now, I have less back pain, am walking straighter, and am more confident with my choices around food. Ally has extensive knowledge around health and wellness and I always appreciated whether during coaching or training sessions she always tailored her knowledge to work for me and my body.
I can honestly say my work with Ally has been life changing. As a former beauty pageant contestant I struggled for half my life with yo-yo dieting, obsessing over food, and criticizing my body. As a result, I was missing out on the simple pleasures in life for fear of gaining weight. Now, I finally feel freedom when it comes to how I view food. I no longer obsesses over carbs and calories and know how to choose foods that nourish and fuel my body. I am forever grateful for her and this program for giving me the opportunity to know how to love myself again.
I am so happy about my experience with Ally. I always felt very anxious about my health and my weight. I felt like I was facing a giant challenge impossible to overcome. This program has helped me view fitness and health differently, and made me realize the control I have in changing my body and my health in a way that puts me in charge of the experience and feel capable of overcoming challenges. Ally has been extremely understanding, truthful, and free of judgement. I have never been so honest with myself, in control of my life, and ready to succeed than I am now.
With Ally I have lowered by blood pressure avoiding the need for medication! I am stronger and lifting heavier weights than I ever thought possible. As a trainer and a coach she made it easy to open up and communicate. I feel like I not only had a coach but a friend. I had tried for many years to make changes on my own and she helped me achieve my long-standing goals and gain the confidence I was lacking not only in the gym, but in life. I made the decision to invest in myself and work with a coach and trainer and have never regretted it. I am a better person today because of it.
My work with Ally has been tremendous. I started with Ally feeling a bit depressed, lethargic, and footy brained. She allowed me to think more positively about my body, life, and journey through health and has taught me how to listen to my body and not overwork myself. She has a way of getting you to think differently and positively about the healthy journey you are on and the potential she sees in you. She is a very genuine and warm person to work with and made my health transition easy.
The best thing about Ally's coaching style is her reassuring approach. I completed cardiac rehab after open heart surgery and came to Ally apprehensive about the future of my health and looking for a sustainable path forward. In addition to the physical changes of increased strength and flexibility, my confidence in my body's ability to sustain health and wellness through the rest of my life has gone up tremendously. Her open and authentic dialogue allowed for the honest sharing of my concerns which set the stage for realizing my true potential.
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