Manhattan-raised and Jersey-made, Alana Johnson calls both sides of the Hudson home. The Rutgers alumna discovered her affinity for athletic performance at a tender age, beginning with her run as a competitive figure skater. The sport demanded rigorous training both on and off the ice, requiring 5AM wake-up calls to hit the rink and race to school, barely beating the chime of the bell. She was introduced to various methods of fitness through conditioning for competitions, including ballet, calisthenics, mobility training, as well as pushing sedans over the speed bumps lining the Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers parking lot. Needless to say, those were the days.
Also a lover of academia - or in laymen's terms, a nerd - Alana put down her skates to focus more on her studies, eventually earning a full academic scholarship to Rutgers University. The discipline for fitness and the ideology that it is not an option, rather a requirement for leading a happy, mentally-sound existence has been ingrained in her ever since.
Throughout all of her professional endeavors - and there have been many, from sales to TV production - fitness and mindfulness have always been a top priority. Alana believes that exercise is a fundamental tool for improvement, and that when you challenge your physical body, the benefits bleed into every other area of your life, especially mentally and spiritually. When you begin to consistently take care of your body, i.e. your instrument, and push its limits, other self-imposed limitations and fears seem to simultaneously dissipate, and therein lies the magic.
Alana has chosen to pursue a career as a fitness professional simply because she wants to help people manifest the greatest versions of themselves. Her favorite techniques and modalities include HIIT, boxing, swimming, yoga, kettlebells, barbells, and TRX. She is dedicated to learning as much as she can to blossom into the best trainer that she can possibly be. Although being a trainer is about you, our valued client, the gig's not as selfless as it may seem. When you get better, we get better. So let's get better together.
My favorite exercise
Plyometrics (especially burpees), tire flips, sled pushes/pulls, mountain climbers, plank variations, kettlebell swings, split squats, barbell squats, barbell deadlifts, TRX, boxing!
My favorite quote
"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." - Anais Nin.
My training experience
My longest relationship is with the gym. 20+ years going steady
3 years as a trainer
8 years as a competitive figure skater
ClassPass Live Athlete
Areas of Expertise
- Core and Balance
- Strength Training
- Weight Loss
- Cardiovascular Conditioning
- Flexibility and Mobility
- Muscular Definition
- Functional Training
- Myofascial Release
- Injury Prevention
NCCA Accredited Certifications
Who I Especially Like Working With
Actors, Beginners, Brides-to-be, LGBTQIA, Overweight/ Obese, Women
Medical Conditions Experience
Addiction, Anxiety, Arthritis, Back Pain/Issues, Depression, Hip Pain/Issues, Joint Pain, Knee Pain/Issues, Obesity, Stress
Training Areas Served
In-home, Outdoor or Virtual Training
308 8th Ave
New York, NY 10001
Session Surcharge: $0
5 Bryant Park
New York, NY 10018
Session Surcharge: $0
Training session was perfect,a blend of workouts to push me while listening and ensuring no injury as I am still recovering a bum ankle. Look forward to achieving my goals and Alana will be a huge part of my plan.
Alana is an absolute pleasure to work with. She is incredibly knowledgeable when it comes to fitness, our bodies and has a vast collection of exercises that she brings into my workouts. I have a few injuries and it's been very comforting to have Alana acknowledge those and have the ability to incorporate substitute exercises that will still work my muscles - but in a different way as to not further injure my wrists and my lower back. I work out with Alana 3-4 times per week and I'm always looking forwarding to my sessions with her and once I'm done, I can't believe the hour flew by! Alana is super communicative, she keeps my workouts fun and dynamic and I'm always sweating by the end. A truly nice person who is incredibly funny and really puts the "personal" in personal training. I have been working out with PTs for the past 17 years and Alana is definitely up there as one of the best!
Alana is legit the best trainer I have ever worked with. She is motivating and kind without being a push over. She is also VERY knowledgeable about fitness and the human body. I felt like she didn't just look at me like another person trying to lose weight and instead took in me as an individual. She really helped me to learn things I can do at the gym without feeling like an idiot and she helped me gain the confidence to do those things and not worry about what other people think. Alana is all around a great trainer and motivator. I felt heard, respected and challenged by her and look forward to continue to workout with her!
Alana is super fun! I really was not expecting it to be fun with a trainer but she is really into what she does and does not take any BS! She really gets my blood pumping and her techniques are great. I feel stronger every time we work together. It’s only been a few months but I’m pretty sure I’ll be working with her for many many years. High work quality, professionalism, punctuality, value, and responsiveness.
I first met Alana when she was subbing for another trainer. I thought that she was so good i wanted her to train me over my current trainer! Then down the line that eventually happened. I have some hip and back issues- she is so great with our workouts and making sure to take that into account (while kicking my ass nonetheless). I've already seen progress in our few sessions and feel amazing! shes fun and great to work out with. I have worked with various trainers throughout the years and i can recommend Alana undoubtedly!