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Meet Alicia Harris. As a student at Eastern Illinois University, she was known for her lightning speed on the racetrack, setting records in the 400- and 600-meter sprints. After graduating from college in 2005, a friend introduced her to the world of Figure, and the girl hasn’t looked back. With a sixth-place finish in last year’s Olympia and first-place win at IFBB’s Ft. Lauderdale Cup, the former track star is still turning heads.
“My proudest accomplishment would have to be the physique I brought to the Olympia stage,” says our cover girl as she reflects on the past year of ups and downs in her career. “I love being on that stage with all those competitors around me.”
And after her strong finish to the 2011 competitive year, Alicia hopes to keep the momentum going. Her first mission? To improve her placing at the Arnold in March. “I feel like this is going to be a good year for me,” she says. “I know what I need to work on and I know what I need to do. I’m excited to see the turnout.”
What is your sign? Pisces
What is the latest thing you’re into? “Balancing my life, my relationships and giving more time to the valuable things in my life.”
What are some items you can’t live without? “The Bible, the sun, snacks, great company.”
Best preworkout boost? Grape-flavored Optimum Nutrition Amino Energy drink
Go-to postworkout fuel? Egg-white omelet and oats
Favorite quote? “Nike’s: ‘Just do it.’”
Favorite team? “The Chicago Bears!”
Love/hate move? “Split squats hurt so good!”
Fitness or gym pet peeve? “Having to answer questions early in the morning, or trying to get a workout in while people want to have a long conversation.”
Any secrets for looking great for an event? “Incorporate HIIT training, reserve carb intake for mornings, get enough rest and mentally prepare!”
Alicia’s Favorite Clean Pancakes
Our cover girl snagged this satisfying sweet recipe from her good friend Kelly, and now it’s a staple in her off-season diet.
Ready in 15 minutes • Makes 2-4 servings
- 4 egg whites
- 1/3 cup dry oats
- 3 packets Stevia or Splenda
- 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/4 cup water
Blend ingredients in a blender. Pour enough batter for one pancake onto a heated skillet or pan. Flip when batter starts to bubble and cook on the other side.
Nutrients per serving: Calories: 170, Total Fats: 2 g, Saturated Fat: 0 g, Trans Fat: 0 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 115 mg, Total Carbohydrates: 30 g, Dietary Fiber: 2 g, Sugars: 2 g, Protein: 9 g, Iron: 1 mg