Alyssa Parten, MS, CSCS

Educator, Researcher, Strength Coach


About Me

Over the past decade, my involvement in Exercise Science has spanned both my academic and professional career. After earning my Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science with a minor in Nutrition from the University of Alabama, I spent five years establishing myself as a human movement specialist and strength coach. Seeking to deepen my knowledge and education, I pursued a dual Master’s in Applied Exercise Science from Concordia University. It was during this time that I discovered my passion for educating the public about the benefits of exercise, creating new knowledge through research, and seeking opportunities for service amongst my colleagues to advance our field. This passion led me to apply to the doctoral program in Exercise Science and Health Promotion at the University of North Alabama, where I currently conduct research under the guidance of Dr. Hunter Waldman. My research focuses on the effects of resistance training on cardiometabolic health and performance, specifically in trained females. I am excited about the potential of this research to advance our understanding of exercise science and improve the lives of those who benefit from our work.

In effort of being an effective science communicator, I strive to provide evidence-based practical applications to students, athletes, and the general public. My commitment to science communication goes beyond my roles as a strength coach and teacher. Through various channels such as social media, podcasts, and blog posts, I enjoy sharing my areas of expertise to provide evidence-based recommendations for individuals looking to increase their own knowledge or improve their physical performance, health, and well-being.

Upon completion of my Ph.D., I plan to pursue a career as a full-time faculty member in an exercise science program. I am eager to share my expertise with students and contribute to the academic community through innovative research, teaching methods, and real-world applications. In addition, I will continue to coach competitive and recreational athletes in effort to merge higher education and research with practical methods to elevate performance.

Professional Philosophy

As an educator, researcher, and strength coach, I view each of these roles as interconnected and mutually reinforcing. By leveraging my growing experience in each of these areas, my ultimate goal is to encourage, empower, and educate others.

As an educator, I am passionate about sharing my knowledge and insights with students, athletes, and coaches. By providing valuable and applicable information, I hope to inspire others to pursue their own professional development and to make meaningful contributions to their respective fields.

As a doctoral student, my research focuses on advancing our understanding of the effects of resistance training on cardiometabolic health and performance in females. Through my research, I seek to fill gaps in the existing literature and contribute to the broader field of exercise science.

Finally, as a coach, I am committed to using evidence-based practices and data-driven methodologies to develop effective training programs for my athletes. By integrating my research findings into my coaching practice, I am able to deliver cutting-edge solutions that help my athletes achieve their goals and reach their full potential.

Through my teaching, research, and coaching, I strive to stay at the forefront of my profession and to make a positive impact on the lives of others. By continuing to grow and learn in each of these areas, I am confident that I can achieve my full potential and help others achieve theirs as well.

Diversity & Inclusion Statement

As an educator, researcher, and coach, I am dedicated to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment that celebrates diversity in all its forms. I believe that every individual, regardless of their background or perspective, should feel valued and respected in the classroom and work space. To achieve this, I am committed to adapting my teaching practices to ensure that all students feel included and thoughtfully considered, and to translate these considerations to other individuals outside the classroom, as well.

Among the ways I accomplish this is by using inclusive language in my interactions with students and colleagues. I understand that language holds immense power, and I am committed to using it in a way that affirms and respects the identities of all individuals. This includes honoring the preferences of others in how they wish to be referred to, whether it be by a different name or pronouns. I recognize that everyone has the right to self-identify and express themselves authentically, and I will make every effort to ensure that my language reflects this commitment. Through these efforts, I hope to create a safe and inclusive space for all individuals to thrive and succeed.

In my teaching, research, and coaching roles, I pledge to respect and celebrate the differences that make us unique, and to actively seek out opportunities to learn and grow as an advocate and support system. Through these efforts, I hope to create a vibrant and inclusive community of learners who are empowered to embrace and celebrate diversity in all its forms.


Doctor of Philosophy

Exercise Science & Health Promotion

The University of North Alabama

Florence, Alabama

Anticipated Graduation: 2024


Master of Science

Applied Exercise Science

Dual Concentration: Human Movement Science, Strength & Conditioning

Concordia University Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

Graduation Date: December 2020


Bachelor of Science

Exercise & Sport Science

Concentrations: Fitness, Business, Health Promotion

Minor: Nutrition

The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Graduation Date: August 2014

Collaboration, Networking, & Leadership

Media Appearances & Interviews

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Falk, M. (March, 2023). How many calories should you burn in a workout? It's complicatedPopsugar.

Falk, M. (January, 2023). When to use free weights vs. machines in your strength workoutsShape Magazine.

Falk, M. (November, 2022). How to improve your squat depth and why it mattersShape Magazine.

Falk, M. (August, 2022). How to spot a squat safely and effectivelyShape Magazine.


Pratt, K & Parten, AL. (Hosts). (2023, March). PhD Student, Powerlifting Coach, Business Owner & Competitor w/ Alyssa Parten. [Audio podcast episode]. The Coaches Table.

Lewis, S. & Parten, AL. (Hosts). (2023, February). #98: Alyssa Parten. [Audio podcast episode]. The Power in Lifting.

Nevares, B. & Parten, AL. (Hosts). (2023, January). Alyssa Parten (No. 20). [Audio podcast episode]. The Ben Nevares Podcast.

Polen, B. & Parten, AL. (Hosts). (2022, August). Ladybeef Inc. - Alyssa Parten. [Audio podcast episode]. Superior Chiropractic & Rehab Radio.

Reuter, B. & Parten, AL. (Hosts). (2022, March). Strength and conditioning for the roller derby athlete. [Audio podcast episode]. Strength and Conditioning Journal Podcast.

Nguyen, L. & Parten, AL. (Hosts). (2022, January). Strength training for women with Alyssa Parten (No. 23) [Audio podcast episode]. Wheelhouse Radio.

Kauffman, T. & Parten, AL. (Hosts). (2022, January). Taking education into your own hands with coach Alyssa Parten (No. 4) [Audio podcast episode]. Elite Spine.

Smith, M. & Parten, AL. (Hosts). (2021, August). Alyssa Parten, Ladybeef Inc (No. 92). [Audio podcast episode]. Strength Talk & Stop.

Kauffman, T. & Parten, AL. (Hosts). (2021, July). Postpartum, pelvic floor, and powerlifting. [Audio podcast episode]. Beyond the Script.

Hiller, S. & Parten, AL. (Hosts). (2021, June). How to train with and through an injury with strength coach Alyssa Parten (No. 20). [Audio podcast episode]. Impetus Health.

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Teaching Experience

Teaching Philosophy

Conceptualization of Learning

As an educator, I am committed to providing my students with a comprehensive understanding of the subject matter through a range of diverse and effective teaching strategies. By fostering an engaging and dynamic learning environment, I aim to create a strong foundation of knowledge that my students can build upon and apply in real-world contexts. In pursuing this philosophy, I am dedicated to helping my students achieve their full potential and develop the skills they need to thrive academically and beyond. One important aspect of how I promote learning in my classroom is through visual aids (i.e., pictures, drawing, video clips, etc.) and hands-on methods (hand-outs, laboratory visits, etc.), as this can help students who struggle with traditional lecture-style teaching to better understand complex concepts. Additionally, I believe in emphasizing practical applications of the material being taught, as this helps students connect their learning to real-world situations and prepares them for success in their future careers. Finally, I believe in the importance of reviewing material for better retainment, as repetition and reinforcement can solidify students' understanding of key concepts and improve their long-term retention of the material. By integrating these principles into my teaching approach, I aim to create an engaging and effective learning environment that empowers my students to succeed both in and outside of the classroom.

Conceptualization of Teaching

"Teaching occurs when learning takes place." - Ken Bain

In pursuit of being the most effective teacher I can be, I strive to be innovative in my teaching methods, using strategies I believe will captivate my students interests and help them retain new knowledge, as well as become critical thinkers. This involves approaching teaching as an art form and a creative process, where each students' unique learning needs and abilities are considered. To achieve this, I incorporate stories in my teaching approach to make learning more relatable and memorable for my students. I also make sure to be prepared for each lesson, with a well-structured plan and appealing visual aids to keep students engaged and motivated. Another essential aspect of my teaching philosophy is knowing my students, which allows me to create a safe and inclusive learning environment that promotes active participation and collaborative learning. By incorporating these principles into my teaching, I strive to inspire and empower my students to reach their full potential and develop lifelong skills and knowledge.

In my attempt to encourage my students to become free thinkers and improve their ability to think critically, I encourage active participation in the learning process by asking open-ended questions and providing opportunities for students to voice their opinions and perspectives. I also use problem-based learning approaches, where students are presented with real-world scenarios that require analytical and critical thinking skills to solve. One specific activity I use is “myth-busting” popular or new claims circulating social media. In today's technology-driven era, students are frequently exposed to unfounded or convoluted statements. Thus, this activity aims to encourage my students to challenge claims that they come across on social media. This approach helps them develop critical thinking skills, enabling them to evaluate the messages they encounter online and to question them appropriately. By challenging these claims, my students gain a better understanding of the importance of thoughtful analysis and how to apply it in their daily lives. Through this activity, I aim to equip my students with the tools they need to become discerning consumers of information. By incorporating these various approaches into my teaching, I aim to help my students become independent, critical thinkers who are prepared to navigate the complexities of the modern world and their field of study.

University Teaching

KIN 494 Scientific Principles of Strength and Conditioning, Fall 2023, Spring 2024

  • Instructor. This course is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of strength and conditioning. Emphasis is placed on the exercise sciences (including anatomy, exercise physiology, and biomechanics) and nutrition, exercise technique, program design, organization, and administration, and testing and evaluation. The course is designed to prepare students for the nationally accredited CSCS certification exam.

KIN 493 Fitness Appraisal and Exercise Prescription, Fall 2023

  • Instructor. A study of the application of exercise testing and prescription principles as it applies to apparently healthy and alternatively diseased populations.

KIN 303 Physiology of Exercise, Fall 2023, Spring 2024

  • Instructor. This course examines the human physiological response to exercise.

KIN 367 Exercise is Medicine, Fall 2023

  • Instructor. Public health guidelines, epidemiological evidence, and biological mechanisms related to physical activity and exercise-induced enhancement of physical and mental health (e.g. obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, anxiety, depression) are covered. Personal exercise and health data are collected to engage in scientific inquiry and communication.

HPE 140 Aerobic Fitness, Spring 2023

  • Instructor. Designed to provide a physical fitness program that offers complete and effective conditioning. Emphasis on moving for fitness and fun.

HPE 225 Nutrition & Human Performance, Fall 2022

  • Instructor. An introduction to the influence and relationship of basic nutrients to optimal healthy living as well as fitness and athletic performance.

HPE 353W Physiology of Exercise, Fall 2022

  • Instructor. Emphasis on the effects of exercise on the anatomical structures and physiological functions in humans during acute and chronic physical activity.

HPE 175 Essentials of Healthy Living, Fall 2021

  • Instructor. This course provides the student with instruction and experiences relative to the basic concepts of optimal health and wellness.

Professional Affiliations

National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA), 2014 –  Present

Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), #000256454

Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), #000256454

National Academy of Sport Medicine (NASM), 2020 – Present

Certified Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES)

United States of America Powerlifting Association (USAPL), 2016 – Present

Club Powerlifting Coach

State Referee

Postural Restoration Institute (PRI), 2020

Pelvic Restoration Course Certification

Titleist Performance Institute (TPI), 2017

Level 1, “The Body Swing Collection” Certification

Precision Nutrition, 2019 – Present

Level 1 Certification (PN1)

Brent Brookbush Institute, 2018 – Present

Human Movement Specialist (HMS)

American Red Cross, 2013 – Present

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Certified

Professional Development

IRB Panel Discussion, Fall 2021
How to be an Inclusive Educator, Spring 2022

Career Experience

The University of Alabama

Department of Kinesiology

Tuscaloosa, AL

Clinical Kinesiology Instructor

Aug. 2023 – Present 


University of North Alabama

Department of Kinesiology

Florence, AL

Graduate Assistant

Aug. 2021 – May 2023


The Strength Guys

Alberta, Canada

Sports Scientist Consultant

Powerlifting Coach

Sept. 2022 – Present


Ladybeef Strength Co.

Birmingham, Alabama

Founder, CEO

Jan. 2013 – Present

Professional Service

Service to The University of Alabama

Service to Department of Kinesiology

Majors Day – Fall 2023


Service to University of North Alabama

Service to Department of Kinesiology 

UNA PhD Advisory Board, Fall 2021 – Fall 2022

Tutor for Research Methods, Fall 2021

Tutor for Intro to Statistics, Fall 2021

Student Advising, Fall 2021 – Fall 2022

Service to the College of Education & Human Sciences

Early College Days, Spring 2023

Service to the University

Body Positivity Week, Spring 2023

Service to the Community

Central High School (Muscle Shoals, AL) Student Mock Interviews, Spring 2022

Cherokee High School (Muscle Shoals, AL) Guest Speaker on Exercise Science & Health Promotion Entrepreneurship for Senior-Level "Customer Service & Sales" Classes, Fall 2022

Service to Profession

Peer-Reviewed Journals

International Journal of Exercise Science

Reviewer; 2021 – Present

External Service

NSCA State Advisory Board

National Strength and Conditioning Association

Committee Member; Fall 2021 – Present

SEACSM Executive Board

Southeast American College of Sport Medicine

Student Representative; Spring 2022 – Spring 2024

Research & Grants

Research Statement

My area of research aims to investigate the impact of resistance training on the cardiometabolic health and performance of females. The research I have completed or have in progress has examined performance and physiological responses of trained females to resistance training, including maximal strength and power adaptations, muscular endurance, and markers of cardiometabolic health. This research is important to improve our understanding of the potential benefits of resistance training for females and provide evidence-based recommendations for optimizing their health and performance in the long-term.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Barker, GA., Parten, AL., Lara, DA., Hannon, KE., McAllister, MJ., & Waldman, HS. (2023). Astaxanthin supplementation reduces subjective markers of muscle soreness following eccentric exercise in resistance-trained men. Muscles, 2(2), 228-237. PDF

Parten, AL., Barker, GA., O’Neal, E., & Waldman, HS. (2023). 7-week accommodating resistance training improves Wingate peak power but not muscular strength or endurance in strength-trained females. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 37:9, 1789-1794. PDF

Waldman, HS., Parten, AL., Bryant, A., & McAllister, MJ. (2023). Astaxanthin supplementation does not affect markers of muscle damage or inflammation after an exercise-induced muscle damage protocol in resistance-trained males. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 37(7), 413-421. PDF

Parten, AL., & Herron, RL. (2022). Strength and conditioning for the roller derby athlete. Strength and Conditioning Journal 44(2), 45-51. PDF

Snarr, RL., Gallagher, CG., Childers, RI., & Parten, AL. (2021). ‘Pre-workout’ supplementation: The good, the bad, and the ugly. Personal Training Quarterly, 8.2. PDF

Manuscripts in Write-Up or Progress

Parten, AL., Barker, GA., & Waldman, HS. Influence of post-activation potentiation recovery time and modality on jump performance in resistance trained females. (In Progress).

Internal Research Funding

The effects of full body resistance training on substrate oxidation rates in resistance-trained females during different phases of the female menstrual cycle. Parten, AL. & Waldman, HS. (2023). UNA COEHS Graduate Student Research Grant. $450.00. (Awarded).

The effects of an 8-week accommodating resistant training program on markers of performance in strength-trained females. Parten, AL. & Waldman, HS. (2022). UNA COEHS Graduate Student Research Grant. $650.00. (Awarded).

Laboratory Experience

  • Phlebotomy trained
  • Resistance training program design
  • Maximal aerobic and anaerobic testing
  • 1-repetition maximum testing (back squat, bench press)
  • Capillary blood analysis
  • Collection of resting and exercising cardiorespiratory and metabolic markers

Non-Refereed Publications

Parten, AL. (2020, July). Sports performance: 8 reasons to train athletes.

Parten, AL. (2020, July). The science behind motivational self-talk and psyching up.

Parten, AL. (2020, June). Mechanisms of fatigue.

Parten, AL. (2020, May). Evidence-based benefits of unilateral exercises.

Parten, AL. (2020, May). Developing core stability.

Parten, AL. (2020, January). New year’s goals.

Parten, AL. (2019, December). Programming past plateaus.

Parten AL. (2019, November). Accommodating resistance for increased raw and explosive strength.

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

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

Parten, AL. (2019, July). Inner workings. Oxygen Magazine, p. 17.

Educational Presentations

Professional Organization Oral Presentations

Parten, AL. & Myers, CN. Assessments and monitoring athlete performance in remote coaching. National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Alabama State Clinic. Birmingham, AL (November 2023)

Parten, AL. The performance-based mindset model. Alabama State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Spring Meeting (ASAHPERD). Birmingham, AL (November 2022).

Parten, AL. The performance-based mindset. Recovery Redefined. Birmingham, AL (June 2022).

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

University Level Oral Presentations

Parten, AL. Resistance training programming. University of North Alabama, HPE 175. Florence, AL (guest lecture, Spring & Fall 2022)

Parten, AL., Waldman, HS. The effects of an 8-week accommodating resistant training program on markers of performance in strength trained females. University of North Alabama, Research & Reunion. Florence, AL (October 2021).

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

Parten, AL. Balancing school and health. University of Alabama Birmingham, Birmingham, AL. (guest lecture, February 2020).

Professional Organization Poster Presentations

Parten, AL., Barker, GA., O'Neal, EK., & Waldman, HS. Influence of post-activation potentiation recovery time and modality on jump performance in resistance trained females. Female Athlete Conference (FAC). Boston, MA (June 2023).

Parten, AL., Barker, GA., O'Neal, EK., & Waldman, HS. Seven-week accommodating resistance training improves wingate peak power but not muscular strength or endurance in strength trained females. Southeast American College of Sport Medicine (SEACSM) Regional Conference. Greenville, SC (February 2023).

Barker, GA., Bryant, A., Parten, AL., Grozier, C., McAllister, M., & Waldman, HS. Astaxanthin does not impact markers of muscle damage or inflammation following a muscle damage protocol. Southeast American College of Sport Medicine (SEACSM) Regional Conference. Greenville, SC (February 2023).

Bagdonas, C., Barker, GA., Parten, AL., & Waldman, HS. The effect of astaxanthin supplementation on the subjective sensation of muscle soreness in resistance-trained males. Southeast American College of Sport Medicine (SEACSM) Regional Conference. Greenville, SC (February 2023).

Lara, D., Barker, GA., Alves, V., Parten, AL., & Killen, L.G. Effects of caffeine on physical performance in division-1 female soccer players. Southeast American College of Sport Medicine (SEACSM) Regional Conference. Greenville, SC (February 2023).

Parten, AL. & Waldman, HS. The effects of an 8-week accommodating resistance training program on markers of performance in strength trained females. Southeast American College of Sport Medicine (SEACSM) Regional Conference. Greenville, SC (February 2022).

Grozier, C., Parten AL., 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 Sport Medicine (SEACSM) Regional Conference. Greenville, SC (February 2022).