Fitness 360: Alicia Harris, Fast Track To Fitness
Name: Alicia Harris
Weight: 145 lbs
Education: Master's Degree in Sports Management
Occupation: IFBB Figure Pro
Athletic Background: Collegiate Track and Field Athlete
Sometimes, we go searching for fitness. Other times, it seems to find us. For Alicia Harris, athleticism and competition are part of her destiny.
It is her history with sports and her love of competition—not to mention great genetics—that have helped her shine in the stage spotlight.
This cover model competes often and trains hard, but she also understands that life does not begin and end in the gym.
While she attributes a lot of her mental, emotional, and spiritual health to what she accomplishes in the gym, she also likes to shop, go out for dinner, and even snack on M&Ms.
Learn how Alicia combines an easy-going nature with her drive to be the best.
Alicia Harris Fit 360
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Alicia Harris implements various training styles to carve a figure worthy of a pro card. Learn how this IFBB competitor uses her athletic background as the foundation of her training.
Her simple-yet-effective meal plan fuels Alicia through her tough workouts and helps her stay lean for competitions. Learn more about her clean eats and occasional treats!
Good genetics can go a long way; supplements can take them even farther. Learn what Alicia uses to help you formulate a plan of your own!
Sports run in Alicia's blood: Her mother and father were both college athletes, and her two brothers naturally followed suit. "One of my brothers is still a professional track athlete," Alicia says. "He runs for my mother's country of Guyana."
Alicia earned a full-ride scholarship to run track in college, but after graduating, she found herself a little lost. "I always wanted to be an athlete and I always wanted to compete," she says. "So, I decided to embark in figure competitions."
Because she hadn't yet been exposed to a physique competition, a friend took her to his bodybuilding show so Alicia could see for herself. "I saw the girls on stage and thought, 'I can do that!'" she says.
Ready for a new challenge, Alicia took a crash-course in training and nutrition from a friend. Even with minimal prep, Alicia stormed the stage and earned fifth place at her first show. That was all the motivation she needed to keep going.
She recalls, "After that fifth place, I wanted to do better. So, I kept doing it and learned more. That's where it's brought me today, five years into it."
Fueled By Faith
Alicia continues to train not just to create a trophy-winning physique, but also to hone all aspects of her life. "My focus in this sport doesn't just help my fitness, but also my mental strength and discipline," she says. "I have to be physically fit, but I also have to be motivated enough and mentally strong to get through it." She also draws upon her spiritual strength. "I'm a believer [in God]," she says. "He helps me stay on course."
The people around add fuel to the fire. When she receives positive messages on Facebook or Twitter, or speaks to fans at expos and shows, she feels inspired to continue. "I'm more motivated when I know I'm motivating someone else," Alicia says.
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I think you and Laura Bailey need to break out the spikes out of retirement and have the first annual bodybuilding T&F invitational. In all seriousness though, it's great to see a former collegiate athlete and follower of God keeping their body in shape to help others and serve The Lord.
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