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Alicia Tena Chiesa

I AM ALFA because no matter what life throws at me, I will always get back up and push myself to do and be better. I see life’s challenges as lessons rather than obstacles.


Photography by: ALI SOHRAB

Hair and Make up By: SHANNON PAYNE

My name is Alicia Tena Chiesa. I was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, and I currently reside there. I work full-time as a marketing specialist for the four major sports teams in Calgary, and have worked in marketing for ten years. I am a sponsored athlete with Magnum Nutraceuticals, and have been for almost five years. I started doing bikini/fitness competitions in 2015 and from there found my passion for fitness modelling.

Outside of the gym, I love being outdoors, travelling, hiking, reading and spending time with my boyfriend, family and friends.

While I am not currently training clients, I have been a certified personal trainer for ten years. I previously worked as a trainer at a gym, and most recently for a home-based business. Training clients is so much more for me than just teaching them proper form and exercises. For me, it is about forming a bond with that client, pushing them to see what they are capable of and helping them to be confident and strong.

I absolutely loved getting to spend one-on-one time with my clients, and helping them to love and believe in themselves.

What are the qualities in you that you consider yourself to be an ALFA?

I am ALFA because I am both mentally and physically strong, confident, independent and resilient. No matter what life throws at me, I will always get back up and push myself to do and be better.

I see life’s challenges as lessons rather than obstacles. I am determined to create my own success in life and be the best version of me that I can be! I also want to always inspire, and empower others to realize that they can do anything they set their mind to with hard work and dedication. To me, a huge part of being alfa is also helping others realize their potential.

What are the most rewarding things that Fitness has brought you?

Fitness has brought me both physical and mental rewards. The mental rewards that fitness has brought me have been life changing. First and foremost, I have battled anxiety most of my life. Working out has been a huge outlet for me in coping with this and anything life throws my way. Fitness has brought me confidence, and empowerment after being teared down by others for many years. I have gained so much mental strength through fitness, and realized what both my mind and body are capable of. I have also met so many like-minded, passionate, incredible individuals that have become my lifelong friends.