Alaina Hardie is one of Precision Nutrition's Nerds in Residence, responsible for most of the technology that supports the Precision Nutrition team and our customers.
Her first computer was an Apple ][+ that her parents purchased in 1981 (which, to give you some sense of how ancient Alaina is, was the same year that Soft Cell hit it big with "Tainted Love"). That Apple ][+ gave Alaina the opportunity to get really good at computers and really bad at everything else, including health and fitness... until Precision Nutrition.
Educational Background - B.Sc. Computer Science; Singularity University Graduate Studies Program
Alaina originally started Virginia Commonwealth University in 1988 in the English Literature program. She made it for two semesters before discovering, in her words, that "computers paid better than Chaucer", at which point she left school and focused on her career in information technology. She earned a B.Sc. in Computer Science in 2003 after moving to Canada from the US, and graduated from Singularity University's prestigious Graduate Studies Program in August 2011. Her primary technology interests include human-computer interaction (HCI), web usability, brain-computer interfaces (BCI), mobile/wearable computing, machine consciousness, genomics, bioinformatics and autonomous affective robotics.
Alaina is also a CrossFit Level 1 coach, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor, and an NCCP-certified boxing coach.
Alaina took up Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 2007. She earned her blue belt from women's BJJ legend Felicia Oh after only ten months of training, her purple belt in no-gi 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu from grappling superstar Eddie Bravo just six months later, and her BJJ purple belt from Mark Stables and Felicia Oh with less than 3 years of experience.
She is a world championship silver medalist, a member of the Canadian national grappling team, one of the founders of the Women's Grappling Camp, and head of the women's grappling program at MECHA MMA in Toronto, ON. She currently trains with Mark Stables of MECHA MMA and Geoff Girvitz of Bang Fitness in Toronto, ON, and with Felicia Oh in Valencia, CA.
After discovering the Precision Nutrition system and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Alaina dropped over 60 lbs and got into the best shape of her life. Now, through web development and design, she helps thousands of others do the same.