Each month on the Active Living Program we feature amazing Cardio, Strength and Stretch Trainers.
Here on MNB’s ‘Meet Your Trainer’ series, we’ll introduce your trainers each month so you can get to know a little more about them.
Introducing your Strength Trainer for March … Alexa Towersey.
How long have you been a trainer?
I’ve been in the health and fitness industry for over 16 years now, as a full time trainer for 10 of those.
What inspired you to become a trainer?
I started going to the gym when I was 15 on a mission for muscles after I was teased at school for being too skinny – my nickname was Alexa Anorexia.
I had a tumultuous upbringing and the weights room was the first place that I felt in control. It became my sanctuary, my safe place. It was the first place where I started to feel physically strong and as a consequence, mentally strong.
This feeling of empowerment was the biggest gift I could receive and something I want to pass on to others.
What do you love most about what you do?
For me, the most rewarding thing about being a female and a trainer, is seeing women become empowered within their training and then watching how this translates into their attitude towards the rest of their life.
What excites you the most about the Active Living Program?
I really love that the Active Living Program is not focused on “losing anything”, but instead on providing education and inspiration for free in a safe and supportive community.
It’s holistic in approach, and encourages transformation from the inside out.
I loved being able to share not only my top training tips, but also my favourite ways to cultivate a positive attitude.
I’m a cream egg eating champion and I once wrestled WWF style under the name “Glacier” – thank God social media wasn’t around then!
Favourite post workout snack:
I love a good green smoothie!
Favourite workout tunes:
I’ll often listen to a podcast or a Ted Talk with someone who I really look up to if I’m after serious inspiration.
Go to motivation:
When it comes to training, we’re not always gifted with motivation – it’s discipline that will get results.
How do you Move?
Post hip replacement, I had to really change the way I train. I’ve been loving calisthenics (I’m aiming to do a one-armed pull up this year), and I swear by Pilates 3-4 times a week.
How do you Nourish?
Good nutrition isn’t rocket science. I’ve learnt to listen to my body over the years. I don’t count calories. I don’t cut out food groups ‘just because’. I eat when I’m hungry and until I’m almost full, and I eat what makes me feel good (just like the way I train). If something doesn’t make me feel good, I don’t eat it.
How do you Believe?
I have positive affirmations that I use as anchors – they’re on wrist bands and on my fridge. I make sure I surround myself with other positive and inspiring people, and my screen saver on both my phone and my computer has a photo with a specific memory that reminds me to be grateful for every second of every day.