Ally van de Pol (Smyth)
Ally initially began her sporting career at school sports days and in her early-mid teens, she represented her county in athletics, initially with high jump, and then competing on the track in 400m, 800m and 1500m disciplines. After a brief hiatus during her early 20s, when drinking cider at university was far more important than working out, she rediscovered fitness, the gym and strength training. A few more years later, with a few too many KGs to lose, at the age of 30, she started running again, this time on the road. It was painful at first, but she progressed initially to 5k and then onto a half marathon.
When she arrived in HK 12 years ago, the hills she ran near her home gave her a lot of pain in her knee and hip. She was lucky to find a great physio who told her about her biomechanical challenges (one leg longer than the other, scoliosis) and other associated problems. At that time she was certainly overtraining; compensating for the HK lifestyle of eating and drinking too much with too frequent workouts, not enough rest and sprinkled with a touch of emotional eating to boot.
She spent most of her 30s in the gym, experimenting with her nutrition and workouts. She played competitive netball for HKCC for five years, and trained at a Crossfit box for three. At the age of 39, and looking for a new physical challenge, she took on the trial of becoming a white collar boxer, a tournament battled out in front of 1000 people for charity, preceded by 3 months of intensive training.
She gained her NASM-CPT qualification in 2015 to pass on her life-long knowledge of fitness and nutrition, turning her hobby of helping friends, into helping clients achieve their goals of fitness, health and ideal body composition. With its own gym, Dragon Fitness and Coaching was born in 2016 and quickly turned into Sai Kung’s premier strength and conditioning studio. When she was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease (an auto-immune thyroid condition) in early 2017, it set her on a path to discovering true health, leading her to studying holistic nutrition and concurrently removing animal products from her diet. Now, as an AFPA certified holistic nutritionist, Ally believes that a whole food plant based lifestyle can reverse chronic conditions, help individuals to gain more energy and maintain a healthy weight for life, while achieving optimal nutrition.
Head Strength and Conditioning Coach
Certified Holistic Nutritionist
Dragon Fitness And Coaching