An Interview With Figure Pro Alicia Harris
IFBB Figure pro Alicia Harris finished the 2010 season with a fourth-place finish at the Ft. Lauderdale Cup. Over the weekend of March 3-6, 2011, in Columbus, Ohio, she'll pick up where she left off when she competes in the Figure International.
I caught up with Alicia "Smiley" Harris one week out from the big dance. She shared her views on cardio, dieting-and who would win every time if the competition were a sprint.
Q: Do you think you could still hold your own in that race?
A: Yes, I know I could still hold my own in a race.
Q: Last year you struggled a bit in the beginning of the year, but turned it on at the end of the season. What was the key to turning things around for you?
A: The struggling time was just life getting to me. It motivated me that I didn't want to fall back into how I felt preparing for that first show.
It is a struggle every time I prepare but cold weather and gloomy days and sunken spirits really mess with focus when your trying to stay disciplined.
Q: What have you done differently this time around to prepare for the Figure International?
A: I keep in my head that I refuse to feel the way I did preparing for it last year. Honestly it's not the best prep but it's way better than last year.
I could tell you a bunch of excuses why I am not in the best condition but the beginning show this early show just doesn't work well with me.
I am doing my best though and praying my way through this.
Q: What areas are you working on improving? Anything specific?
A: Probably better control on my diet. My training is always good but the diet is always the hardest and dealing with everyday issues and trying to stay balanced.
It's hard work but God sees me through someway.
Q: When you're not competing or training for a show what do you enjoy doing?
A: I enjoy being on a structured schedule with the diet and working out but pressure sets in when you have to prance around on stage.
I enjoy movies, I enjoy dancing (xboc dance central is the best), and I love to travel and get away and find a beach to just sit on peacefully. And walks in the rain ... not really but seemed like it went along [laughs].
Q: What are your goals within the industry?
A: My goal is to capitalize on every opportunity that comes about. As I am going on these personal journeys with all the events in the industry I have been involved in, I have had the opportunity to come across others that I have inspired.
To continue to work for the greater good and find my true purpose for my success in this industry and use it for the greater good would be a goal of mine!
Q: What's your goal for the Figure International?
A: Number-one goal is to get better placing than I did last year [laughs]. But I am just trying to better myself in all areas that lead up to getting on stage.
It's a whole process for me and each time I do the Figure International I learn more about myself because it is the hardest prep usually.