I AM ALFA because I can see my own potential without question. The year that I earned my pro card I was faced with many difficult hardships and challenges.
Photography by: ALI SOHRAB
Shoot Location: World Champion Club
My name is Tessa Barresi from Victoria, B.C. I am a 20 year old IFBB Bikini Pro and I have been bodybuilding since I was thirteen years of age! Throughout my years in the gym, I have found my passion in the fitness industry and have pursued my dream of becoming an IFBB pro.
What are the qualities in you that you consider yourself to be an ALFA?
I am ALFA because I have redefined what relentless means to me. The year that I earned my pro card I was faced with many difficult hardships and challenges. I lost my father to a brain aneurysm, I lost two more family members throughout my prep, but despite all that was going on externally I refused to give up on myself and my dream.
I am alpha because I can see my own potential without question. I am alpha because not for one moment I doubted my own capabilities and my determination to make my dreams come true.
What are the most rewarding things that Fitness has brought you?
It’s the realization that I can always improve, I can always become a greater version of myself and I take that lesson and apply it to life. If you are unhappy in life, make a change, fix it. If you are unhappy with your physique, make a change. This applies to all things in life - we wake up every day and make the choice whether or not we will be happy. We choose our destiny and I truly believe that as long as we stay true to who we are and our alignment, we can fulfill our deepest desires and become limitless to what we can do.
When was the most ALFA moment in your life?
When my father passed away, six days before I was supposed to step on stage at the Vancouver Pro Qualifier in 2018. Everybody in my support circle at that time asked me if I wanted to stop - to give up. Because it would be justified... However, I did not give up. I chose to keep my head high for the next six days and step on that stage not only for me but for my father. I was not raised to just give up based on circumstance... I was raised to be brave. I was raised to be alpha.