Alli Alberts isn’t your typical 28-year-old woman. A general dentist by day, the Illinois native also plays for the Legends Football League (formerly Lingerie Football League) as a wide receiver.
“I always played football with the boys, and after college I was on a lot of flag football teams,” she tells PEOPLE. But after seeing the LFL on TV one day, she knew: “This sport was made for me.”
In the new TV series Pretty Strong, cameras follow the former high school valedictorian and college athlete as she juggles her two drastically different worlds – as well as her dating life.
“Guys are always like, ‘That’s so cool,’ ” Alberts says. “It’s always the first thing when I had a Tinder profile – that was the first question I would get. ‘What do you play, what your position?’ It’s always a good thing, but I’m sure guys are intimidated.”
And since she plays in a barely there uniform, Alberts makes sure to keep her body in tip-top shape.
“It leaves very little to the imagination,” she says. “But I knew what the uniforms looked like before I got into this. That’s why I’m so clear about my diet and exercise. I don’t want to be thinking about that during the game. I only want to be thinking about football.”
Her regimen includes working out with the team and eating right.
“We practice every week and we’re doing a lot of sprinting during that time so it keeps me pretty fit during the season,” she says. Alberts adds she eats a lot of veggies but doesn’t worry about portions.
“I’m not one of those people who can eat just a half of a sandwich. No dude. I need to eat.”
Pretty Strong premieres Oct. 6 at 10 p.m on Oxygen.