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Alexandra Klein

I AM ALFA because I traveled the world as a professional basketball player, and had to quit due to unforeseen health reasons. What was once negative and uncomfortable became the fuel to spark my passion for helping others.

Photography by: ALI SOHRAB

Originally, I’m from Waterloo (Ontario), played NCAA Division I women’s basketball in Rhode Island, and played professionally overseas. Sports were a huge part of my life ever since I was a little girl; eventually there came a time when I had to choose which sport to commit more to. I am glad I chose basketball because of the journey it took me on, both mentally and physically. I find myself in awe sometimes when I think about how far a sport can take someone. It really is a blessing to do what you are passionate in.

Now, I don’t only coach retired athletes but I do have a special place in my heart for those who are transitioning from an elite athletic career to their “next chapter.” This transition is uncomfortable when one is faced with an identity crisis such as this and it is scary to go through. Your sport was your life… You lived and breathed it. I’ve been there and I know how awful it may be at times to discover your new identity. That is why I do what I do.

I am a trainer. Training makes me feel empowered, solely because I help others feel empowered. My goal is to help them become healthier, happier individuals through strong mindset development.

I AM ALFA because I traveled the world as a professional basketball player, and had to quit due to unforeseen health reasons. What was once negative and uncomfortable became the fuel to spark my passion for helping others.

Upon returning to Canada to see a health specialist, it was not until I saw a couple of doctors that I was told I had Crohn’s Disease and that it is chronic. I thought, “What do you mean chronic? Can’t I get rid of it?” I had to learn to accept the chronic aspect of the disease and (am still) learning how to make my body the happiest it can be. I’ve found that I need to truly be in tune with myself and listen to what my body is telling me. For me, stress is the greatest trigger for a flare up which leads to why I emphasize the importance of controlling your mind. Yes, there are foods that make my body a little unhappier but if I can control my mind and stress levels, I am pretty good at managing my flare ups.

What are The most rewarding gift that Fitness has brought you? A healthy body, but just as importantly a healthy mind. An outlet. A space to get into my zone and conquer all obstacles.