Alyssa Parten, MS, CSCS

Researcher, Educator, Strength Coach

About Me

Though I was born and raised in Panama City, Florida, I always knew Alabama would be my home one day. I was raised an Alabama fan (Roll Tide!) and for as long as I can remember it was my goal to attend The University of Alabama. It was there I realized my passion for exercise physiology and earned my Bachelors of Science in Exercise & Sport Science. Later I pursued in Master's in Applied Exercise Science with dual concentrations in strength & conditioning and human movement science. Following completion of my Master's, I set forth to earn my Ph.D. in Exercise Science and Health Promotion at the University of North Alabama (Roar Lions!). As a student and graduate assistant (GA) for UNA, I teach undergrad courses, serve the university and department of kinesiology, and participate in research.

In addition to being a student and GA, I am the head strength coach for my remote coaching business, Ladybeef Inc., where I specialize in powerlifting/strength training.

Once I complete my doctorate, I plan to become a faculty member, professor of kinesiology, and exercise science researcher. I also plan to continue coaching athletes aspiring to level up their strength and competitive edge.

Professional Philosophy

I am a student, educator, and strength coach. I believe each of these aspirations plays into and complements one another to help me become the best I can be in each area I am passionate about. As a doctoral student, I enjoy researching training strategies that can improve performance in my athletes and others alike. As a coach, I put the evidence into practice by experimenting on my athletes and myself, to find what is most practical and successful in improving markers of performance. With the education I have and continue to acquire, I seek to educate other students and coaches in a manner that is enjoyable and valuable to their profession, knowledge, and selves. 

Diversity & Inclusion Statement

Diversity, inclusion, and equality should be at the heart and forefront of any work or learning environment.

It is my mission as an educator, researcher, and coach to cultivate an environment that not only welcomes people of every background and with any perspective, but to celebrate each individual person, who they are, where they are from, and what they believe.

My commitment to upholding a diverse and inclusive community in my current and future classrooms, among my colleagues, in my coaching staff, and on Team Ladybeef is unwavering now and always.

Education
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Doctor of Philosophy - Exercise Physiology & Health Promotion, August 2024

Current GPA: 4.0

CUC

Master of Science - Applied Exercise & Sport Science, December 2020

Concentrations: Human Movement Science, Strength & Conditioning

GPA: 3.95

UA2

Bachelor of Science - Exercise & Sport Science, August 2014

Concentrations: Fitness, Business, Health Promotion

Minor: Nutrition

GPA: 3.6

Collaboration, Networking, & Leadership

Teaching Experience

Teaching Philosophy

At the core of my teaching philosophy is the desire to cultivate an environment within my classroom where students are 1) free to ask any questions they might have, 2) learn how they best learn (visual, auditory, etc.), and 3) have absolute trust in me as a teacher and mentor.

I understand what it is like to feel unintelligent for not understanding something everyone else seems to get, I relate to students that are more visual learners than auditory, and I have experienced having amazing relationships with teachers that made me feel safe to reach out when I needed help.
I want my students to always have what they need from my class and myself. In effort to create such a space, I will always be prepared and my best self in class. I will learn their names and reach out when I notice they need encouragement or to discuss a topic from class one on one. I will approach every class with the goal to create a learning experience that students can look back on knowing what they learned can carry them through their education and career. I want to build trust with them so they know I have their back while in my classroom and long after.

University Teaching

HPE 175 Essentials of Healthy Living, Fall 2021

Lead Instructor. This course is designed to educate undergrad students on the key components of health and principles for developing healthy lifestyle habits. Course topics include practical applications for wellness, nutrition, muscular fitness, cardiovascular fitness, personal exercise programming, stress management, and chronic disease prevention.

HPE 353 Physiology of Exercise, Spring 2022

Teaching Practicum. This course emphasizes the effects of exercise on the anatomical structures and physiological functions in humans during acute and chronic physical activity. In addition to exercise responses, the impact of environmental conditions, dietary and nutritional ergogenics, basic energy system and its regulation, and training responses, considerations for specific populations including children, females, and the active aging adult are covered.

Professional Certifications

National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
Pre-Script Level 1 Certified Coach
United States of America Powerlifting (USAPL) Club Coach
USAPL State Referee
NSCA Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES)
Precision Nutrition Level 1 (PN1)
Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Level 1
Brent Brookbush Institute Human Movement Specialist (HMS)
Postural Restoration Institute (PRI) Pelvic Restoration Certification
CPR & AED Certification

Professional Development

IRB Panel Discussion, Fall 2021

Professional Service

NSCA State Advisory Board, August 2021-Present
UNA PhD Advisory Board, Fall 2021-Spring 2022
HPE 600/700 Research Methods Tutor, Fall 2021
HPE 620 Intro to Statistics Tutor, Fall 2021
Research Experience

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Parten, AL, & Herron, RL. (2021, May). Strength and conditioning for the roller derby athlete. Strength and Conditioning Journal. http://doi.org/10.1519/SSC.0000000000000652

Snarr, RL, Gallagher, CG, Childers, RI, & Parten, AL. (2021, May). ‘Pre-workout’ supplementation: The good, the bad, and the ugly. Personal Training Quarterly. https://dx.doi.org/10.2147%2FCIA.S157523

Professional Publications

Parten, AL. (2020, September). Exercise considerations for individuals with rheumatoid arthritis. https://www.wellthoughts.org/exercise-considerations-for-individuals-with-rheumatoid-arthritis/

Parten, AL. (2020, July). Sports performance: 8 reasons to train athletes. https://blog.nasm.org/sports-performance-training

Parten, AL. (2020, July). The science behind motivational self-talk and psyching up. http://thesportdigest.com/2020/07/the-science-behind-motivational-self-taking-and-psyching-oneself-up/

Parten, AL. (2020, June). Mechanisms of fatigue. http://thesportdigest.com/2020/06/mechanisms-of-fatigue/

Parten, AL. (2020, May). Evidence-based benefits of unilateral exercises. http://thesportdigest.com/2020/05/evidence-based-benefits-of-unilateral-exercises/

Parten, AL. (2020, May). Developing core stability. http://thesportdigest.com/2020/05/developing-core-stability/

Parten, AL. (2020, January). New year’s goals. http://thesportdigest.com/2020/01/new-years-goals/

Parten, AL. (2019, December). Programming past plateaus. http://thesportdigest.com/2019/12/programming-past-plateaus/

Parten AL. (2019, November). Accommodating resistance for increased raw and explosive strength. http://thesportdigest.com/2019/11/accommodating-resistance-for-increased-raw-and-explosive-strength/

Parten, A. (2019, September). The jemison gym. Mountain Brook Magazine, p. 52-58.

Parten, A. (2019, September). Future of fitness. Oxygen Magazine, p. 120.

Parten, A. (2019, July). Inner workings. Oxygen Magazine, p. 17. https://www.oxygenmag.com/workouts/5-thigh-warm-up-exercises

Educational Presentations

Parten A., & Waldman H. Effects of an 8-week accommodating resistance training program on markers of performance in strength-trained females. Southeast American College of Sports Medicine Annual Conference, Greenville, SC (February 15 – 17, 2022).

Parten A., Simpson J., Waldman H., Rendos N., Hoon K., & Harry J. Center of mass dynamics and performance of vertical hopping in females with chronic ankle instability. Southeast American College of Sports Medicine Annual Conference, Greenville, SC (February 15 – 17, 2022).

Parten, A. Giving an Effective Oral Presentation. University of North Alabama, Florence, AL (October 2021).

Parten, A. & Waldman H. Effects of an 8-week accommodating resistance training program on markers of performance in strength-trained females. University of Alabama Research and Reunion, Florence, AL (October 29, 2021).

Parten, A. Experimental Designs. University of North Alabama, Florence, AL (October 2021).

Parten, A., Herron, RL.  Utilization of different periodization models during off-season strength and conditioning programs.  Alabama State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Spring Meeting. ASAHPERD Gulf Shores, AL (November 2020).

Parten, A., Herron, RL.  Utilization of different periodization models during off-season strength and conditioning programs.  Alabama State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Spring Meeting. ASAHPERD Gulf Shores, AL (April 2020). *Conference canceled due to COVID-19

Parten, A. Developing a conjugate method program. University of Alabama Birmingham, Birmingham, AL. (March 2020).

Parten, A. Start once, stay forever: the process of achieving and sustaining a healthy and active lifestyle. Greystone Golf and Country Club, Birmingham, AL. (March 2020).

Parten, A. Balancing school and health. University of Alabama Birmingham, Birmingham, AL. (class room presentation, February 2020).