We aren't just coaches. We are you.
Meet Owner of Alexander Q:
Elethia Gay, affectionately known as Coach E, is a NASM CPT and certified Lifestyle Medicine Coach. Using mind/body transformation coaching, she teaches you how to thrive using strength, meditation and yoga. When Coach E says, “I have been where you are.” she’s talking about being up at 5 am, home by 7am, getting her daughter safely to school by 8, working for 8 hours, heading back home, helping her daughter with homework, making dinner, getting ample sleep and repeating all of the above over again the next day. It’s a journey to arrive at the mat and it takes courage to show up and be present. As a coach, she’s ready to help you arrive at your mat despite life’s challenges.
How do we manage?
A MESSAGE FROM COACH E.
I’ll tell you. We are superwomen who are deserving of more than the 15-minute slot that we dedicate to our wellness (or ourselves).
Hi! I’m Elethia S. Gay, MBA, host, speaker, author, and Lifestyle Medicine Coach for Alexander Q Health and Wellness. That’s just a long way of saying I did the work to build a knowledge base that allows me to serve you from a place of compassion and authenticity. When we meet, I listen to understand who you are and what you want to accomplish.
The wellness industry is constantly changing. There’s always a new diet fad or top five BEST exercises for abs. I do the research so your program is evidence based and custom fit for you. I tap into both physical and mental health. It’s not a one size fits all approach. It’s a what size fits your life the best wellness plan. Ever heard of different strokes for different folks? It works. As a corporate trainer, I traveled the United States and Canada delivering leadership, customer service and other programs. In my slacks and dolman sleeve sweater, I thought the same script and the same plan for each location was the answer. Then one day it hit me that I was training people with excitingly unique life experiences and value. They deserved more than being talked to. They needed me to listen.
I hear you Ms. Gay. As a speaker, I would stand in front of the same 300+ students each year and ask the same question of each. After year two, students would say this as a way of letting me know they knew the answer. At Wellcoaches International, where I received my coaching certification, they state, “coaches partner with clients seeking self-directed, lasting changes, aligned with their values.” You have the answer and I’m here as your wellness guide.
I have served in boutique gyms and fitness centers for the last 10 years including:
- LA fitness
- Lifetime Fitness
- Chestnut Hill Cycle
With each location, I noticed one similarity, if I start counting at one, the class knew to count to 10.
People know what they have to do. Certifications in coaching, customer service, and countless CEUs say that I have put in the work but delivering results means that I also listen and learn from you.
Sometimes my daughter calls me and says, “Mommy, I just need you to listen.” My response, “I’m listening and when it gets too quiet, I’m just sitting here taking notes.” Why? Because I want her and those I serve in wellness to know that I care to not only hear but to understand. As coach, I have witnessed over 500 people achieve their health, wellness and life sustaining goals. How? Because I understand that the best tools for a better life are the ones in their toolbox.
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where we started and where we are now
Alexander Q opened its doors in 2008 as an image consulting firm for corporate clients. We soon realized image management was just the tip of the iceberg. The true transformation happens from within.
Since then we have acquired over 13 certifications, built relationships with 30+ school and administrators and pride ourselves on our exceptionally trained and experienced network of trainers who can help you get fit for life in a safe and supportive environment.
We believe achievements start with education and a commitment to small, daily choices.
Everyday our entire team works to deliver you our skills, knowledge and passion
- Lifestyle Medicine Coaching
- Circuit Training
- Xtreme Hip Hop (R) with Elethia
- Trauma Informed Yoga
- Total Body Awareness
- Community Building
- Exceptional Customer Service
frequently asked questions
Most of us can agree that discipline is one of the most important virtues we can develop in our pursuit of self-improvement. Without the ability to exercise self-control and will ourselves to get the important things done, it’s nearly impossible for us to see the kind of progress and results we really want in our lives.
Discipline is what follows goal setting. It’s the planning, prepping and implementing. It’s consistent.
Discipline is not only your activity in reaching the goal, discipline is your mindset. It’s the “I can” and “I will” do what it takes to find my health and wellness.
When a person asks this question, bulky normally means building more muscle than they want. Lifting weights taxes more of the nervous system so you’re getting stronger and not turning into the hulk.
In addition to heavy lifting, bulking up is contingent upon more than just weight lifting. Other factors may include diet and hormones. That’s why bodybuilders are super focused on their diets and caloric intake. If losing weight is your goal my best advice is:
- Becoming familiar with calories in/calories out.
- Meeting with a nutritionist.
- Exercising regularly.
With that in mind, do not shy away from strength training. Getting at least two days of strength training can reduce overall body fat by as much as three percent in as little as ten weeks for women, and reduce a woman’s risk of injury by improving her balance and coordination.
Simply put, the process is based on a meal timing schedule. Your body is either fasting or feeding. Intermittent fasting adjusts your eating schedule so that you’re eating at a 18:6, 16:8, or 12:12 ratio. For instance, you eat your first meal at 1pm and stop eating at 7pm.
In the fed state (anytime your body is digesting food), your body’s insulin levels make burning fat a challenge. Thus, in the fasted state (8-12 hours after your body finishes digesting), your insulin levels are lower and better able to reach into your fat stores.
Pros: Gives your body time to digest food; lower insulin levels during fast periods.
Cons: Too much of a calorie deficit can lead to a loss in muscle and fat.
You have to be diligent about consuming the right amount of calories per day.
If your goal is losing belly fat, crunches alone won’t help. It might result in stronger ab muscles however, your goal is getting rid of the fat in that surrounding area.
To target the fat in the stomach area, you have to focus on overall fat loss. That’s cardio and strength training along with a caloric deficit.
Eating is a critical part of the weight loss process. While fad diets and extreme workouts might render immediate results, I suggest taking the hare (as in The Tortoise and Hare) for long term results.
- Learn what foods are best for your body.
- Develop a meal plan and prep meals beforehand.
- Track your eating.
- Speak with a nutritionist or dietician.
Our virtual and in-person workouts are comprised of constantly varied functional movements (like pushing, pulling, squatting, lifting, running). Our workouts simulate at home workouts in the sense that we do not use machines. Instead, we create workouts based on kettlebells, dumbbells, barbells, and body weight.
The workouts themselves are completely scalable, which means that a new participant and a fitness veteran can complete the same workout with changes in load and intensity.
Our workouts are known to deliver phenomenal fitness results. Use our workouts exclusively (including supplemental workouts via our fitness app) or as a complement to your specific training regimen.
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