Tell me a little about yourself and your background?
My name is Alicia, I’m 20 years old, and I attend the University of Arizona. I study accounting and I hope to work in the corporate world as well as become a professor at a University one day. I have a passion for fitness and helping others, so this summer I hope to create an Ebook to help girls in college balance fitness, stress, and a social life. I’ll also be competing in my third show this coming July.
What aspect of fitness do you enjoy the most?
I enjoy it being an outlet and a way to connect with others. I have struggled with anxiety since third grade, but what began as just a way to cope with stress has transformed into a lifestyle that has allowed me to connect with some of my best friends! I feel very blessed.
How long have you been into fitness?
I played volleyball since I was 12, and when that ended I started running half marathons. When I realized I didn’t like it anymore (and I was awful at running) I picked up lifting (almost 2.5 years ago). The results are almost immediate as a beginner, and that kept me going.
How did you get into fitness?
I was lucky enough to go to a high school that allowed us to take a weight training class. It was there that I learned the correct form for power cleans, squats, and bench press. I think that contributed a lot to me being confident in the gym when I started lifting on my own; I am grateful for that opportunity and I hope to teach women the power of lifting weights the same way I was taught!
What was a turning point for you to take it seriously?
When I made my “fitness Instagram” and started seeing women doing bikini competitions and tracking their progress every week, that lit a fire inside me. I invested in a coach, which really helped with accountability. From there I set my mind to compete and when I stepped on stage for the first time July 2017, that was it for me. I’ve never felt prouder or in my element.
How has fitness impacted your life?
Fitness has taught me the importance of delayed gratification, which I take into every other aspect of my life, whether it be school or relationships. If you put in the work, people will notice, and you will get rewarded. Stay humble, work hard, and be grateful.
What words of advice or encouragement would you like to give to someone who is just starting out or would like to start but doesn’t know where to begin?
Ask a lot of questions! Google questions and read a lot of different opinions. YouTube is a great place to start; there’s a lot of free information. Also, don’t fall into the trap of comparing yourself to others on Instagram. Everyone is on their own journey at their own pace. There’s no rush for fitness, and if you enjoy the process you’ll go so so far