We had the good fortune of connecting with Aly B. Covington and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Aly B., as a parent, what have you done for you children that you feel has had the most significant impact?
The most important thing I have done as a parent in terms of the impact on my children is to download confidence and resilience in them. As parents, it is our job to teach our children how to manage stress and by letting them fail and be uncomfortable, they gain resiilence and self-esteem. My intention is to prepare my children to believe in themselves and know wholeheartedly that they are capable of handling anything that life will bring them.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
For over twenty years I ran my business as “fitnessAly” and helped hundreds of people look good and feel great exclusively through physical fitness/workouts. When I became a single mom and had to supplement my income as a self-employed fitness trainer, I got a teaching job teaching college freshmen a class called “Physical Health & Mental Wellness” and teaching became my passion. I realized that my life experiences gave me an opportunity to truly impact my students, by understanding them and by being vulnerable and transparent my students were inspired, and flourished. The improvements they made during the semester in all areas of health (physical, mental, emotional. social and spiritual). I realized my fitness clients needed more than just workouts too, and decided to bring the program I was teaching in the classroom, to the world. I transformed my business into “Aly B. Coaching” which is now movement AND mindset. Emotional mastery is the really the key, and what I am told sets me apart from other coaches….the fact that my program is comprehensive and includes, movement/workouts, nutrition and mindset. It has not been easy, and it still a work in progress. Being a single mom and a solopreneur is very challenging and I have invested thousands of dollars and hours of my time to learn from the best…reading every book, and attending workshops and events to become the best coach I can be….as fast as I can get there. I believe I have all the experience, wisdom and skills to be the best coach, though am challenged with support and the “tech” side of business, the sales and marketing, the social media. Having said all that, I believe what sets me apart from others is also that I created myself, overcoming challenges and adversity in my life from an early age and never giving up. I gave a talk once about creating your village and how it takes a village to raise a child…but what happens if you don’t have a village? I did not have a village…. my mom had mental illness and was in and out of hospitals, my father died of cancer when I was thirteen and I had one brother who had developmental disabilities and needed special care. I always felt like a misfit growing up and like I had no place and then when I was 14 the space shuttle blew up and President Reagan made a speech that changed my life. He said, “The future is not for the fainthearted, the future is for the brave.” By then, I had lost my dad and I thought I had a “crazy” mom and hearing the presidents words inspired me and felt like a call to action. I began searching for hope and inspiration everywhere and have always been like that. Again….I mentioned Tony Robbins and he says “I built this motherf–er” and that’s exactly how I feel! Such a longggg story ( and I actually am on the third draft of my story) but my mom ended up dying from a “failure to thrive” because she did not put her oxygen mask on and she suffered, I suffered and we suffered…and I do not want anyone else to experience the same. I want women to know that they matter, their voice matters and it is not selfish to take care of themselves. It is necessary. And in fact, the most generous thing you can do for the people you love. What brings my peace about my story is to believe that my mom and I were chosen to live it, so that we can make a difference for others, and make change to mental health. I grew up with so much stigma and shame and life could have/should have been different. I want people to know that I understand. I understand disappointment, depression, darkness, adversity and stress. And I live with joy. Because I decided not to suffer. I decided to change my mindset. And I want to help them create the life that they want, and deserve to experience. I overcame my challenges by creating my village and seeking the light and things that bring my joy, and surrounding myself with inspiring, supportive joyful people. It was not easy, but when we set the intention and decide who we want to be in the world and what we want our life to be all about, it’s worth it!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Oh wow! Fun question. Ok…I love to be active and outdoors as much as possible so there would be a lot of hiking and walking. Of course, the Hollywood Sign hike would be included but there are so many other beautiful areas to explore, even just in my community. I live in Westlake Village, by the lake and so a walk around the lake, over to The Landing for dinner on the water at Zins Bistro would be simple, and so enjoyable. We also have a place called The Stonehaus here in town that is a favorite “hangout” It looks like Tuscany and is so beautiful and enjoyable to sit outside with a glass of wine and some delicious pizza and paninis and enjoy conversation and “the scene.” (In fact, I have a friend visiting from Illinois and we went there yesterday) Santa Barbara would be a must to visit. I enjoy taking the train there and drops you right off in “The Funk Zone” where we can walk around and door beer and wine tasting and visit all the local shops…and of course the beach! We could spend time at the beach in Santa Barbara, and if I planned it well we would be there on a Weds night for “Nite Moves” which happens between May – Sept. It is a 5k run and/or 1K swim at Ledbetter Beach and then there is live music and food on the beach afterwards. It is one of my favorite things to do. I also love going to Santa Monica and spending time at the pier…to go on the roller coaster and the ferris wheel and getting some dinner. So many great places and 3rd street Promenade is a must to visit. Malibu is another place I like to go. I have a friend who has a home right on the beach and am always hanging out there watching the surf and walking along the beach. But also love hiking to the top of Point Dume and watching the sunset and then having dinner at the restaurant…called The Sunset. I think our days would start out pretty simple with lemon water and celery juice (ha!) but if we did go out for breakfast it would be to “Eggs-n-things” in Thousand Oaks. They have the best veggie omelettes and their signature is a complimentary crepe with strawberry jelly and powdererd sugar “appetizer” Another trip would be to Griffith Park to hike and explore…maybe visit the Autry Museum and/or the LA Zoo. How’s that?
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I read a book called The Easiest Way to Live by Mabel Katz that changed my life and my outlook on life. Also, my mother (who is deceased and my motivation to do what I do) deserves a lot of credit and recognition. I used to blame her for my life circumstances and then learned how to blame effectively…. meaning if I had the mom that I wanted and needed, I would not be the woman (and coach) that I am today. And the person that taught me that deserves recognition… Tony Robbins. He taught me how to blame effectively, and I have gained so much wisdom and insight from him. He says to “model your outstanding” and he is my outstanding.