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Students strives to sing, stay fit

Written by Dowling Payne

If you’re searching for an individual with a passion for their interests, then look no further than Allison Forbes. Known to most as Ally, Forbes is a beautiful singer and devoted fitness extraordinaire.

Forbes came to Valdosta from Smyrna, Ga. where she quickly fell in love with the campus and college life. Growing up, she was close with both her parents and got along with her little brother.

Starting at a young age, Forbes was surrounded by the musical stylings of her father. Being a band member for most of his life, he would wake her up every morning by playing guitar. Being in this atmosphere quickly gave Forbes an appreciation and love for music.

For a little over a year, Forbes has been a group member of a cover band called Black Lily. Forbes and friend, Tracie Mattox, can be seen and heard all over Valdosta. The two grace the stage with beautiful melodies and a good atmosphere that is sure to impress.

“It’s so cool to see people dancing and singing along,” Forbes said. The two have both played with various other people, but have stuck together to combine Forbes’ voice and Mattox’s flawless acoustic guitar.

“I prefer taking the stage with her than without,” Mattox said.  “We mesh so well.”

Growing up, Forbes was not only surrounded by music, but fitness. Her dad, a cancer survivor, always found a way to fight through the process and stay fit—an act that truly inspired Forbes. She currently teaches yoga and Pilates at VSU Campus Recreation and takes on fitness endeavors of her own.

Friends of Forbes come out to her classes and to see her perform. Danielle Fawaz is one of her loyal supporters.

“Ally can totally calm people down in class,” Fawaz said. “And there is never a dull moment when we hang out, we play off each other.”

This summer Forbes is moving back home to teach at gyms in Atlanta and to continue working toward her own fitness goals. Forbes keeps a motivation board and quotes around her home to keep her moving toward her goals.

Her activities include hiking, biking, running, Pilates, lifting weights and yoga. Her daily schedule is full of staying active and a healthy lifestyle.

As an exercise physiology major, Forbes has dreams of owning her own gym franchise one day.

As a student at VSU, Forbes loves the variety of people on campus. She has so many different types of people come into her classes that she never would have met otherwise.

“There are so many different groups, everyone can find a place to fit in,” Forbes said.

Forbes is a woman with drive and determination. She is constantly keeping herself and others motivated. In the future, students are encouraged to join her in the gym or hear her musical talent in venues all around Valdosta.

“I’m just easy going,” Forbes said with a smile.

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