Start off by telling us about yourself and your journey so far!
Alicia may have always been an athlete, but she’s had her own share of challenges along the way that seemed to be trying to prevent her from reaching her fitness goals. She never let it get the best of her and always picked herself up each and every time and kept going. First, she had a full ACL tear and ruptured her meniscus while fracturing the tibia at its plateau. She had multiple surgeries to repair, restore function and remove scar tissue. To this day she still doesn’t have a full range of motion of her knee. The following spring she was on my way to coach her track team and was hit by a car while on her motorcycle, sending her flying off her bike, re-injuring the knee plus sustaining whiplash, back strain, road rash and sliced her hand which was caught in the streetcar tracks. Finally, as she was still going through physio for the motorcycle accident, she found out she had a migrating tumor that required 7 rounds of chemotherapy to resolve. Through all this, nothing stopped her and she even started a competition prep during the chemotherapy treatments! Alicia is proof that sometimes the journey can be challenging. There may be obstacles in your way but persevere, follow the plan, find a support system and be honest! Good things will happen and your consistency will pay off! Don’t give up and don’t let anyone or any circumstance bring you down!
How did you get into fitness?
I have always been into sports and fitness since a very young age. I grew up watching and playing just about every sport in the book. I really excelled in track and field days in elementary and that's when my family knew I had a gift for athletics.
What's your fitness specialty?
Bodybuilding. I am in IFBB Figure Pro.
What's your preferred style of encouragement?
I need positive reinforcement but I also need to really be pushed. I definitely don’t work well when someone talks down to me or makes me feel inferior.
What would you recommend to someone that is new to the city, or working out, in terms of meeting and connecting with others?
Honestly, nowadays you can Google/Instagram trainers that specialize in just about anything that you are in to. So that's a great place to start. Or look up a class for your specific goals and go meet people at the class.
How do you track fitness goals?
Every day. I have a great morning routine that helps keep me on track and accountable.
What do you track for fitness goals?
I think there is a time and a place for tracking all sorts of ranges. Depending on your goals, what phase you are in and your fitness level.
What is the best way to check out your work and provide support?
Who are your fitness icons/mentors/heroes/inspiration?
I grew up a fan of track and field athletes like Donovan Bailey. Gail Devers and Marion Jones. I also loved Michael Johnson and his work ethic. I was a huge Bulls fan during the Michael era. In bodybuilding, I love all the great figure icons that came before me like Nicole Wilkins and Cydney Gillion just to name a few. But there are so many icons, heroes and mentors that are my inspiration. Honestly, everyone working hard to be the best version of themselves inspire me daily.
What is your favorite food?
Lobster, Poutine are fav foods but my fav types of foods are sushi and anything Mexican.
What’s your go-to song or artist at the gym?
I love listening to audiobooks or straight up motivational speeches. I also get hyped to the song Fight Night by Migos.
What are three interesting facts about you?
1. I'm from a very small village of about 1200 called Plaster Rock in New Brunswick, Canada.
2. I love dogs more than people probably. I currently have 2 but I want at least one more.
3. I love to read
What is your greatest achievement and how has it shaped you?
Becoming and IFBB Pro.
My journey to being a pro is one of perseverance and one that shows if you have a dream never to give up, keep pushing and the hard work will pay off. My new dream after having attained my IFBB pro card at the Canadian Pro Qualifier is to come back to the Arnold Amateur as a pro and not an Amateur. It would be such an honor to step foot on the stage again only this time as a pro.
At the end of 2017, I set a goal and wrote it down on paper, had an agenda printed with it and on my mirror. I said, “I will be an IFBB Pro In 2018.” I had originally planned on taking the Arnold Amateurs but fell short placing 2nd behind the woman who would go on to win the overall.
My next show was the Toronto Pro Show where I placed 1st in my class and narrowly missed the pro card in the overall.
I kept pushing even though I was frustrated at coming short yet again and decided to do the Vancouver Pro Qualifier. My head was not in that prep and I placed 3rd in my class. I knew it wasn’t my best.
The very next day I vowed that the next time I got on stage this year I was going to deliver a package that the judges simply could not say no to, I worked the hardest I ever had in my life. I was thinking about doing North Americans and/or Olympia Amateur but I decided to pass on them and bring my best to the CPA’s First ever Canadian National Pro Qualifier. I kept pushing through personal issues when many people would have given up. I decided to use it as fuel to my fire for the prep. There were so many positive signs for this show: My number for the show was 213 - I was 2nd at Arnold's, 1st in Toronto, 3rd in Vancouver, My suit sponsor Karen Phillips was handing out the medals for my class, I had family in the audience for the first time ever and my client was the overall trophy girl. And going into the show my boyfriend Sean/Coach said: “you look like a pro.” He rarely says things like this and that is when it set in that this might be my time. After prejudging Sean came backstage with so much emotion and said: “I think today's our day.” I started crying and was so nervous for the finals I couldn’t stop shaking. I managed to relax and keep it a positive mindset going into the finals with my friends and my family (my cousin came all the way from Nunavut to see me, and no one in my family has ever seen me compete before).
To make it even more special my client won her figure class and was going to be in the overall with me! What a huge coaching accomplishment. After the overall comparisons, I held hands with her and my friend Tish another competitor whom I am friend with. When they called my number 213 I was almost paralyzed.
It finally happened. Everything I had been working towards all year, all the sacrifices I had made, all the time, energy and effort. Alicia Bell, Canada’s newest IFBB Pro at the 2018 Canadian Nationals.
If you could master one skill you do not have, what would it be?
The ability to not let other peoples emotions affect me. And I am talking about people who are close to me. Their emotions affect me daily. I'm very sensitive to that. If someone has a bad day or an option of me at 8 am it ruins my whole day. I need to learn to ignore that. And its only people close to me. Others opinions don’t phase me at all.