First Name: Alexandra Faye
Where you live: Gauteng
Occupation: Educator and Resident sport scientist @ Mattex Fitness
Facebook: Alexandra Harris
Youtube: Alexandra Harris
Tell us more about yourself
What are your personal fitness goals?
First and foremost I’d like to complete my fifth Comrades Marathon in 2021.
I am scared of the power of the ocean but once I can brave the ocean, I’d like to take part in a half Iron Man and hopefully a full Iron Man.
My goal is to create a healthy and active lifestyle I don’t feel limited by – I want the lifestyle I lead to be one that I enjoy, one that’s sustainable long-term and one that’s fulfilling. There is nothing worse than leading a lifestyle you can’t wait to “rest” or escape from.
Most importantly I want to feel comfortable about feeling confident to be “naked” – not just in a physical sense but it’s about being real. It’s about being content with who you are but never settling and always striving to improve yourself.
How will you use your #BiogenFaceOfFitness ambassadorship to inspire women to lead a healthy / fit lifestyle if you win?
Currently, If I’m not working out myself I am encouraging those around me too but I am limited. I am the co-founder and resident sport scientist @Mattex Fitness and our services vary from one – on – one personal training to boot camp challenges and even offer exercise classes. In addition to the above I am an educator and form part of the sports department at a local primary school. Just as I use my love for physical activity at Mattex Fitness to help our clients to achieve their fitness goals and improve themselves, I use my passion to develop the children I train and hopefully inspire and motivate them to pursue their dreams and reach their potential.
If I win the Biogen Face of Fitness, it would provide a platform to reach an audience I otherwise wouldn’t have had access to in my personal capacity. It’s for this reason; this opportunity will allow me to inspire ALL women and not just those who are in my community. I’ve emphasised ALL women because winning this isn’t about inspiring only the women who are already leading a healthy and active lifestyle, it’s about inspiring the mother who is tired, the businesswoman who is inundated, the care free teenager and the women who are active but have lost the motivation. I want to inspire all women, no matter their mental or emotional state, no matter their individual situation or the current circumstance. I want to inspire them to find the one reason they should and not the countless excuses they shouldn’t.
Winning the Biogen Face of Fitness for me is not about forcing women to be active and healthy, it’s creating awareness about this type of lifestyle so that they want to be a part of this movement. It’s using my position to empower women; equipping them with the knowledge and resources they need without having to spend a fortune.
What health and fitness quote or mantra do you live by?
“The pain of discipline lasts longer than the pain of regret” – For me, it’s not about having an ultimatum or picking between two pains, it’s about small victories. Leading this type of lifestyle isn’t easy but it’s rewarding if we are committed to the cause.
My philosophy is simple and my philosophy is this, “participate wholeheartedly” – if you are investing time and energy into something don’t be halfhearted, invest fully.
Tell us about your fitness lifestyle
Like I mentioned in my video, I have a holistic view on leading this type of lifestyle. From a young age, I was lucky enough that my mother emphasised the importance of living an active lifestyle and most of my childhood was spent playing on the sports field. It never entered my mind that this was setting the tone for what I now deem as a fulfilling and healthy lifestyle. Initially playing sports was my only form of exercise, it wasn’t until I started studying Sports Science at the University of Pretoria my interest in the gym began. Exercise came in the form of regular hockey practices, with the odd run, cycle or swim but studying in this field sparked my interest in weight / strength training, and since then my workout regimes are a combination of strength and cardio sessions.
Over the past 5 years I have found it beneficial to incorporate a variety of exercise into my workout programs, for me it works, it keeps me stimulated and committed knowing that each session is unique in its intensity, duration and focus. I train twice a day. I like to train fasted in the morning for my weight / strength sessions followed by cardio based activities or HIIT training sessions in the afternoons. Life before lockdown I enjoyed spinning classes @ gym twice a week (Tuesday and Thursday) and weekends consumed by a running race or two and a hockey game at the local sports club on Saturday afternoon. But since then, I’ve found a love for boxing and on alternative days I continue to run. I know it sounds like a mouth full but I’ve found all these to be complimentary of one another. For me, this arrangement is most effective.
Why do you think you’re the Biogen Face of Fitness?
I’m your next Biogen Face of Fitness because fitness carries more meaning to me than just a lifestyle. It’s provided a platform for me to deal with problems that seemed unsolvable, a healthy outlet for me to handle my emotions and admittedly it’s taught me multiple life lessons – and I’m ready to share my story. I want to share my love and passion for health and fitness and I want to share it in all its fullness, the good and the bad. I think I’m the next Face of Fitness because I’m real, it’s about creating a relationship with someone who is human, who understands that busy calendars, never ending checklists, and long to do lists exists but I am someone will never allow distractions or excuses to take away from just how important and beneficial leading this type of lifestyle is. I think I am already a winner, by no means have I mastered this lifestyle but I’ve managed to lead a healthy and active lifestyle, without it feeling as though I am missing out on the finer things in life.
I had and even have women who provide inspiration for me and I know how valuable having them are, and in a world dominated by technology, where the obesity rate is increasing, fast food so easily available and convenience and comfort zones prioritised, women who are for fitness and health are even more important than ever and I’m confident to admit that you’ll find no better ambassador.