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Angie Crasto  

I AM ALFA because I am not afraid to lose and am always up for the challenge. As a mother, my goal is to ensure my kids have a strong, positive mindset.

Photography: ALI SOHRAB

Venue: Olympians Gym

I was born and raised in Abbotsford. I have two younger brothers who one could partly blame for my love of wrestling, boxing and fighting so to speak. I was very skinny growing up - to the point that I was teased in high school for being “too skinny”. Even when I got married and moved to New York City with my husband, I continued to remain active and in shape. After becoming a mom is when I really noticed that I wanted to be more athletic.

Taking my kids to their sporting activities is what peaked my interest in martial arts even more so than what interested me growing up with my two brothers. I took my first jiu jitsu class in 2012. I also owned and operated my own kickboxing studio as well. For me personally, I have always just done what makes me feel good. Looking a certain way or like everyone else has never been a priority to me. I have no desire to fit in. There is only one Angie Crasto.

I AM ALFA because I am not afraid to lose and am always up for the challenge. Being strong is not just what you can do in the gym, it is also about your mindset. As a mother, my goal is to ensure my kids have a strong, positive mindset. That type of resilience will always ensure that my children can handle anything life throws at them.

What are the most rewarding things that Fitness has brought you? Fitness has allowed me to build the most solid relationship with myself, mentally thanks to my family. My husband and sons are my greatest cheerleaders - always there to help me grow and believe in myself. My youngest brother has also helped me greatly on my fitness journey.


When was the most ALFA moment in your life, and why? I always think back to not one but two actual moments where I have proven to myself just how strong I am mentally. These two moments were when I went skydiving and completed Tough Mudder. Skydiving was huge for me because it’s not every day you jump out of a plane. I had it all planned out with a friend. We signed up together to do static jumps - the jumps where you exit the plane by yourself (NOT tandem where you are attached to a trained profes