Dr. Allison Brager

Dr. Allison Brager
Dr. Brager is a subject matter expert in behavioral genetics, sleep, and biological rhythms research. She is passionate about discovering new factors that promote resiliency in extreme environments. She also serves on the NCAA task force for mental health and sleep, contributing to the first edition of the NCAA student-athlete mental health handbook. She is author of Meathead: Unraveling the Athletic Brain, which debunks the myth of the 'dumb jock' and serves as a performance manual for functional athletes. Outside of the laboratory, Allison was a two-time CrossFit Games (team) athlete, a two-time CrossFit Regionals (individual) athlete, and a four-year varsity NCAA Division I athlete in track and field. Dr. Brager has an Sc.B. in Psychology from Brown University and a Ph.D. in Physiology from Kent State University.

Recent Posts

Nutrition Advice

The Best Protein Sources for Vegans and Vegetarians

Dr. Allison Brager
Dr. Allison Brager
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Veganism has been a tremendously growing movement in recent years. Best-selling books & plant-based protein start-up companies, products, and nutrition courses have fueled its growth. Every kind of nutritional plan has its benefits and costs. Today, ...
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Nutrition

Avocado Nutrition Facts & Benefits: 5 Reasons to Eat The Fruit!

Dr. Allison Brager
Dr. Allison Brager
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Avocados are not just for Millennials. Avocados, much like coffee, are one of the most exported goods across Central America, and there's a reason for it.
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Weight Loss Behavior Change

How to Lose Belly Fat: 10 Ways to Keep Your Waistline Trim

Dr. Allison Brager
Dr. Allison Brager
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You may have heard that abs are built in the kitchen. While this is partially true, it's not the full story. While a healthy dose of body fat is a sign of overall health and wellness, body fat ought to be evenly distributed. This is how a ...
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Weight Loss Nutrition

Going Bananas: The Benefits & Nutrition Facts of the Potassium-Rich Fruit

Dr. Allison Brager
Dr. Allison Brager
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Six years ago, I had an incredible experience. I had the opportunity to visit one of the largest banana plantations in the world: The Dole Plantation in Costa Rica. I visited during the peak heat of the summer.
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wellness spotlight

Exercise as Stress Management: How Workouts Help Your Wellbeing

Dr. Allison Brager
Dr. Allison Brager
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Exercise should not be stressful. I repeat exercise should not be stressful. Exercise should alleviate stress.
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spotlight Recovery

Athlete Recovery Techniques to Achieve Peak Performance

Dr. Allison Brager
Dr. Allison Brager
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Newton had it right all along: For every action, there is indeed a reaction. In 2021 this means that however hard we work towards our fitness goals, wellness goals, and professional goals, we must work that hard or harder towards recovery.
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CPT Fitness

Planning Training Around One’s Own Biological Clock for Peak Performance

Dr. Allison Brager
Dr. Allison Brager
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The expression "training around the clock" has more scientific merit than many would expect. Typically, it's used to refer to the daily grind of balancing training with work, meal preparation for training, and finding time to recover.  
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