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Samantha Allbrook Stays on Track

Samantha Talks Personal Training, Making Time for Fitness, and Her Irrational Fear of Raccoons

Q. What is your life like as an Auburn University employee?

A. I work with the Cary Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies, an academic center in the College of Human Sciences.  My position as director of Educational Programs and Operations allows me to work with many different programs within the center that promote financial and philanthropic responsibility. We work with everyone from six-year-olds learning to make the world a better place, to college students learning different aspects of their financial lives, to retirees learning new ways to give. Being part of the team that puts on these programs is very rewarding, and it keeps me very busy, especially during our busiest times. The Rec becomes not only a place to work on my health, but also a place to “check out” of work and spend time focusing on something else.

Q. What are your favorite activities to do at the Recreation and Wellness Center?

A. By far, my favorite activity at The Rec is working with my trainer Blake. Not only does he constantly challenge me, but he also keeps things interesting and new. I never get bored with my workouts or feel like I am slipping into a pattern, which is very easy for me when left to my own devices. Blake keeps me on track and holds me accountable for my actions. He has played a huge roll in my progress towards being healthier.

Q. What three words would you use to describe The Rec or your experience here?

A. Friendly. Challenging. Encouraging.

Q. What motivates you to stay on track health-wise?

A. I am motivated to stay on track by two things. First, I know I need to be healthy and I am the only one who can do that for me. Second, when for whatever reason my motivation weakens, Blake is there to remind me what I am working for and to keep me from slipping backwards.

Q. What do you find most challenging about living healthy?

A. The most challenging part for me is eating well. I hate to cook.  So, after working all day and getting in a workout before heading home, it is hard to motivate myself to cook a healthy meal. It is a challenge for me to plan meals for a week, so I have had to find ways to eat healthy at home with little prep. I am working on this daily!

Q. What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

A. This time of year when I am not working and have some free time, I like to get out and catch an Auburn softball or baseball game.

Q. What’s your favorite home-cooked meal?

A. I am not good at favorites because I change my mind all the time, but right now my favorite home-cooked meal is spaghetti.

Q. What might someone be surprised to know about you?

A. I have an irrational fear of raccoons. 


  1. Samantha with personal trainer, Blake Crank