Alexa Towersey (Action Alexa). Coach, 98 Gym - March
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how and why did you become Action Alexa? ... was there
a tipping point or a moment of clarity, where you
knew this was your calling?
was bullied at school for being too skinny
my nickname was Alexa Anorexia so my fitness
journey began at 15 when I started going to the gym
on a mission for muscles. But it wasnt until
I was 17, and I intervened in my Mums suicide
attempt, that I truly began to understand the connection
between physical strength, and the mental toughness
that goes with it.
gym was my sanctuary, my safe place, the first place
I felt like I had any control over my life and this
gift of empowerment that I found early on, is something
I want to pay forward every single day.
Why is it so important to maintain
health across the board, as in mentally, spiritually,
diet and in all other holistic ways?
live in a busy world. The number one excuse I hear
from people in regards to anything health & fitness
related, is that they don't have time. BUT if you
don't have time to take care of yourself, do you have
time to get sick? Do you have time to get injured?
The next time that excuses rears it's ugly head, instead
of saying "I don't have time", say "it's
not a priority", and see how that feels for you.
your typical workout day, and do you ever manage a
way my body responded to training in my 20s
is totally different to how it responds now. Back
in those days I loved yang style high
volume and high intensity. These days Im much
healthier, happier AND LEANER when Im combining
yin style training with stress management
techniques (yoga, pilates, calisthenics, power walking,
infra red saunas). In my 30s I was diagnosed
with degenerative osteoarthritis in my left hip and
over the space of 8 months, I went from being an athlete
to someone who couldnt even get out of bed unassisted
or walk across a room without crutches. I was advised
by 5 orthopaedic surgeons that I had no alternative
but to get a full hip replacement or I wouldnt
walk again. On August 12th 2017 I went in for surgery,
had an anaphylactic reaction to my antibiotics, and
flatlined. I had to be resuscitated 4 times. I spent
a week in ICU on a breathing tube. 3 months later,
I got my new hip, but my injury changed the way I
looked at my training. These days my training is focused
more on recovery and stress management. I do structured
strength training 2 x week, pilates 3-4 x week and
I walk every day. Movement is my number 1 self care
don't call them "cheat days" as it has a
negative connotation. They're treat days. And rather
than have a whole day, I have a treat every day. A
packet of snakes a day keeps the doctor away lol.
have been some of your mentors, both in Australia
been really fortunate to learn from some of the best
in their fields - from training to mental health to
business development. Training wise, my biggest influences
have been Charles Poliquin, Keegan Smith and both
the crew from Gym Jones and 98 Training. Mental Health
wise, I got to open as a speaker in the US for Kevin
Hines who is an incredible suicide prevention warrior
and storyteller. As a human being, Trent Robinson
is an absolute legend.
Your work as a sports model
is impressive. Do you create all of your own shoots,
and what media has your work attracted over the years?
be honest, my nickname is #awkwardalexa, as I am actually
really awkward when it comes to posing. All of my
shoots have been action oriented. Just as with the
type of clientele I attract, my training philosophies
are consistent across the board, so I've worked with
and been featured in a wide variety of magazines from
Women's Health and Fitness through to Men's Health,
Harpers Bazaar and Maxim Magazine. I'm currently the
head trainer for Strong magazine Australia and the
fitness guru for Maxim Australia and NZ.
How did the 98 Gym deal come
I was in HK, I was competing in Half Ironman. I would
travel to Gym Jones (an elite and invite only facility
in Utah) every year for a month. I met Chris Feather,
the founder of 98, at an advanced internship, and
he offered me a job in Sydney. I packed up my stuff
3 months later and moved here - I've been with that
crew for 9 years now.
Who have been your main supporters,
advertisers and sponsors?
never actually done a paid post so I don't really
have any advertisers or sponsors - my social media
is more of an educational platform. It probably sounds
really cliched, but I don't have any family so my
biggest supporter has always been myself.
What gives you the edge?
think for me, I've been challenged by so many huge
and significant and traumatic events throughout the
course of my life, that I'm now just resilient AF.
I know that no matter what happens, whether it be
training or work or mental health related, that I'll
always find a way to be ok. And I don't think you
can teach that stuff, it's all experiential.
What's a few of the biggest
challenges you have ever faced, and how did you turn
those challenges into an advantage for your career
and your overall life?
adversity doesn't define you, it's the decisions you
make in those moments of adversity that will define
you. When I was bullied for being too skinny at school,
I chose to go to the gym on a mission for muscles.
When my Mum was diagnosed with manic depression and
attempted suicide, I decided to become an ambassador
for a mental health charity so I could share my story
and help others. When my Dad died of alcoholism, I
chose to stop drinking and I've now been sober for
13 years. When I died on the operating table, I woke
up and chose the type of person I wanted to be and
the type of energy I wanted to bring to the people
and places around me.
How do you gauge your success
and progress, be it bench press, squats, cardio, measurements,
enjoyment factor etc? We see you smile and laugh alot
which is awesome.
is an interesting question for me. I think my definition
of success would have been very different when I was
younger. When I lived in HK, I wrote in a gratitude
journal that I wanted to be on the cover of a magazine,
and then I came to Australia and made 2 covers - Women's
Health & Fitness and Strong Magazine. I thought
I'd made it. NOW, the mere fact that I get up every
day and get to do a job I love with people I love
being around - you don't really get much more successful
mantra, When I feel physically strong, I think
strong thoughts, drives everything I do. For
me as a PT, there is nothing more rewarding than seeing
someone become empowered in their training and then
watching how this translates into their attitude towards
the rest of their life.
your star sign?
Other than gym and working out,
what's your other favourite sports and hobbies?
an adrenaline junkie, so I'm always trying to find
something crazy to do - so far I've skydived twice,
bungy jumped 5 times, gone river surfing and paragliding.
Next on my list is Cage Diving with Sharks. But in
my free time, you'll find me reading tween sci fi
novels, watching horror movies, cuddling puppies and
eating caramel koalas.
Do you see other career goals
and plans after working out and gym business, or have
your dedicated your whole life to what you do?
As much as I love being a strength coach, I'm not
planning on being a full time trainer forever. I'd
love to do more mental health presentations in schools,
and I'm currently making the transition to the speakers
circuit. In addition, one of my best mates Jenna Douros
and I, will be releasing a high performance podcast
with Podcast One.
Other than us here at the Media
Man Group, have other people and organisations ever
said they could picture you in the movies, be it Xena
Warrior Princess, Wonder-Woman, Tomb Raider or Conan
had a couple of fans draw me as a comic book hero
lol, but so far I've trained all the heroines for
the movies so I'm the BTS superhero.
Do you network with the file
and television sector, or do you remain totally hardcore
to the gym and sometimes sports model sector?
pretty lucky to have built up a diverse network of
contacts throughout the modeling industry, the stunt
world, TV and film, professional athletes and high
performing individuals within the business and finance
sector. I think that being consistent with my methodology
and philosophies, I'm better able to adapt my training
to any goal irrespective of the person with the goal.
Words of advice to ladies thinking
of reaching highs in the professional sports sector?
so confident in who you are and what you want to achieve
that no one's opinion or rejection can ever rock you.
Wow. What an incredible interview and lady. This is
going to motivate ladies and men across Australia
and around the world. Alexa continues to make wise
life choices, and her strength, both physical and
mental, continues to pay dividends for both herself,
and those who she connects with. Talk about inspirational
and overcoming the odds. The interview of the week,
month and beyond!