Fit Minute With Model Athlete Allison Stokke
We couldn’t be more stoked to get to know Allison Stokke – a California-native pole vaulter, featured in our latest summer catalog. With an impressive list of awards and record-breaking heights, she’s well-versed in the art of taking flight. We connected with Allison to find out what she needs to soar to new heights (spoiler: it includes mac & cheese).
What’s your go-to workout right now?
Other than training for pole vaulting, I love power yoga. Even though it can be intense, it still manages to help me focus and relax.
Are you a rise-and-shine-and-workout kind of girl or do you prefer training in the dark?
I love morning workouts because they get the day started out right, but since I train with a group, most of my workouts are in the afternoon or evenings.
Where do you love to get away for the weekend?
I used to live in the Bay Area, and I’ll never hesitate at the opportunity to go back for the weekend. You really can’t find a better place. [Editor’s note: We have to agree!]
Name your top three favorite foods.
Macaroni & cheese. Avocado Toast with sea salt, good olive oil & marash pepper (an earthy-tasting red pepper flake from Turkey). Fresh berries.
How do you like to relax?
I love cooking – whether it’s finding an enticing recipe or experimenting with various ingredients from the market.
What’s the one item in your gym bag you can’t live without?
My workout journal. It helps me keep track of my progress and how my body reacts to certain types of training. It’s really handy to be able to look back at those ups-and-downs on days when I can’t seem to get in a groove.
If you could master anything, what would it be?
What women have inspired you?
Those close to me – my mom and all the women in my family, my best friends and training partners.
What music do you listen to before or during your training?
I love anything upbeat- I usually find a station on Pandora or Spotify for some variety.
What is your nutrition like in the off-season versus just prior to a competition?
I’ve never gone on a specific diet where I eliminate or only eat specific foods. I just try to eat well. I love oatmeal for breakfast, eggs as part of any meal, and I almost always carry almonds with me. Competition days can be incredibly unpredictable in terms of the length of competition so I always drink plenty of water and pack snacks like hummus and bell peppers, bananas, and dates.
What does your typical daily training regimen consist of?
I run almost every day, on the track or on grass. Most of the running we do is shorter, i.e. multiple sets and reps of 150m or less with varying rest periods. Along with running, I do plyometrics and drills specific to pole vaulting. I also try to add several days a week of yoga and/or stand up paddling, depending on the time of year.