Alexandra Rigia

Professional Bikini Competitor

BIO

I was a competitive gymnast for years growing up then ran track once I got into high school, so I was always active. After high school, I knew I wanted to work in the fitness industry while I went to school, so I got certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) and worked as a Personal Trainer while in college. That put me around a group of people that competed, some well known pro’s actually, and although I knew about bodybuilding through my dad who competed as well in his twenties, it wasn’t until then that I thought to myself ‘I could do this.” So, I did! It taught me so much about myself, what I was truly capable of and a level of dedication I didn’t know I had. Competing utterly changed my life and has groomed me into the person I am today. It’s a sport that yes, you change physically, but I would have to say that it impacts you more personally than anything. You learn so much about yourself and grow tremendously each prep. 

Currently, I am still chasing my dreams of achieving my pro status in another federation as a natural athlete; however, this time as a VEGAN natural athlete. It is my goal to inspire others to put their health first and show them how changing my diet to that of a vegan diet has truly changed my life and impacted my health in such a positive way. I want to make a difference in the bodybuilding industry and show how not only can one be just as competitive on a vegan diet but also how it actually has made me an overall better competitor from the inside out! It’s time to make a difference in this industry and show others that you can do this and be healthy and probably the healthiest you’ve ever been!

 

  • What motivates and inspires you? Daily I am driven by the fact that through my sport and my overall journey, I am able to motivate/inspire others. I will never give up on chasing my dreams because I want to show others that they too can go after whatever their heart desires and make it a reality. Anything really is possible if you just believe in yourself, stay dedicated, committed and most of all have faith.

 

  • How would you describe your training? Weight training and love taking my cardio outdoors to the trail or track!

 

  • How many hours a week do you train? 12+

 

  • How long have you been training? Years! Been involved in the fitness industry since I was 19 years old and did my first competition when I was 21

 

  • Do you compete in any sports? Professional Bikini Competitor (Naturally Fit Federation)

 

  • What inspired me to get into fitness? I was a competitive gymnast for years growing up then ran track once I got into high school, so I was always active. After high school, I knew I wanted to work in the fitness industry while I went to school, so I got certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) and worked as a Personal Trainer while in college. That put me around a group of people that competed, some well-known pro’s actually, and although I knew about bodybuilding through my dad who competed as well in his twenties, it wasn’t until then that I thought to myself ‘I could do this.” So, I did! It taught me so much about myself, what I was truly capable of and a level of dedication I didn’t know I had. Competing utterly changed my life and has groomed me into the person I am today. It’s a sport that yes, you change physically, but I would have to say that it impacts you more personally than anything. You learn so much about yourself and grow tremendously each prep.

 

  • What’s the hardest part of your journey? The hardest part? The hardest part and thing I have ever been through was when I was prepping for nationals and suddenly gained weight. I was exhausted and couldn’t figure out why. My coach at the time suggested I go have bloodwork done and come to find out, my thyroid was shot. I was also told I had PCOS which affects a lot of women and they don’t even know it. The hardest part of that was when my doctor at the time basically told me I would need to give up competing, that I wouldn’t be able to lean down again and I’d have to get use to possibly being overweight for the rest of my life. I took that news hard and then like any smart person would do, I did as much research as possible and learned how to balance myself and my lifestyle. Fast forward five years to 2015, I had felt good and balanced for a couple of years, and decided I would try and prep myself for a show. I told myself that if I could do it and make it, I’d step on that stage once more. October 2015 I stepped foot on the stage of a natural federation (Naturally Fit Federation) and earned my pro card. I felt and still do feel that my story was meant to impact others because there is a reason that God put that on my heart to compete once again. I will forever give Him the glory and will forever work to inspire others to have faith and believe in themselves. I also hope that women who are told similar things by medical professionals do their research as well and find a way to heal their own body and improve their health through a balanced diet and fitness. Because it can be done, I’m proof of that. 

 

  • What’s next for me? That is completely up to the man upstairs. I will keep working as hard as I can day in and day out because when I step on stage I believe that is a testimony that you truly can overcome anything. It boils down to your faith and believing in yourself. You can have and do anything your heart desires, as cliche as that sounds, it’s true! I can only hope that my journey inspires but also empowers women. I always say that I may not touch thousands of lives, but even if I touch just one, then I fulfilled my purpose.