PRO ATHLETE TODD ALLION: FAMILY & PHYSIQUE COMPETITION
Interview By Ben Yosef | Michael Brooks Photography
I have been wanting to do this interview with IPL PRO, Todd Allion for months now. Why? Well, yes, the guy has an awesome physique. And, yes he has a great personality, and is really the epitome of what an athlete in our sport should be. Yes, these and other such factors fueled my desire to learn more about Todd. But the number one reason for my interest was to find out how he balances his competitive career and his sizable family. I have always been very intrigued and curious about how athletes keep it all together.
I met Todd at the 2015 IPL Midwest Championship last September, where he won his IPL Open Athletic and Masters Athletic PRO CARDS, in convincing fashion. I also had the pleasure of meeting his beautiful sweetheart of a wife, Jessica, and two of his lovely children.
Ben Yosef: Bro! This interview has been a long time coming! But it’s finally here! You competed in the IPL Midwest Championship last Fall, which is where we met. I got to witness first hand, and judge, your awesome physique! Congrats again on your success at that show, including IPL Pro Qualified status in Men’s Athletic Open & Masters! So, you are married and have children. How long have you been married and what are the ages of your children?
Todd Allion: I’ve been married to Jessica now for 16 wonderful years. We have 3 children. Max is 15, Spencer is 14, and Macy who is 12.
“I’ve always been in decent shape from being in the military, and my job is pretty physical. But, I never really lifted until I turned 40.”
BY: Do you have an athletic background? And, when did you realize that you had had an interest in physique development, and ultimately a desire to take your physique to the stage?
TA: I’ve always been in decent shape from being in the military, and my job is pretty physical. But, I never really lifted until I turned 40. My wife had been working out for years at the gym and I decided I would join her. I thought it would be nice to do together.
Long story short, a lady (Jen Weber) approached my wife at the gym one day and told her about Women’s Bodybuilding and that she had the build for it. Jen had done Bodybuilding in her past and gone Pro after competing for 7 years. My wife was hesitant, so I said I would join her. Our first show we did in Madison we both took home first place in our divisions. We both competed for the Overall and the Pro Card at the end of the show and fell short. We were then hooked!
BY: That is so awesome! And I love that your wife was into it before you! Your beautiful children came out to watch you at the IPL show last year and seemed pretty into it. What do they think of all this? And how do you manage balancing your family life and training and competing?
“That was always fun staying in a new town and hotel. They really enjoyed after the show and all the restaurants and food!”
TA: I’m not sure what the kids really thought of it at first. It is not something many parents do. I do know that as we started to travel to places they enjoyed going with us. That was always fun staying in a new town and hotel. They really enjoyed after the show and all the restaurants and food!
BY: Awesome! So, I understand that after years of competing you are taking a bit of a break from the stage?
“My next show will be when we are all ready. In the meantime I train 6 days a week and help others with whatever their goals are.”
TA: After five years of competing all the time, I really needed to dial things back. I realized all the things I was giving up with my kids and wife. Being on the diet affects you and everyone around you 24/7. My priority became my family and Bodybuilding a cool hobby. My next show will be when we are all ready. In the meantime I train 6 days a week and help others with whatever their goals are. My son’s are now old enough to go to the gym with me. Life is good. Very rewarding to workout and spend time with them.
BY: I hear you! I think you have a solid perspective on life, family and our sport. I think maybe athletes get so lost in the world of competition that they loose site of many of the most important things in life. So, kudus to you, my friend. And congrats again on all of your success! I am honored to have you with the IPL and look forward to seeing you back on that stage in the future! NMI