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Athlete Profile: Alia

By Holley | In Athlete Profiles | on December 6, 2012


Alia and I with Jason Khalipa after getting our Level 1 CrossFit Certifications

Today is Alia’s birthday and the theme for birthday’s we’ve been going with lately is a list of little known facts about our fellow Intrepids. When I started at Intrepid I was immediately intimidated by Alia, she was kicking butt in all of the workouts and out-lifted me by far in all of the movements. I’ll never forget the day we did a workout with ring dips, weighted overhead lunges and it was a true race to the finish. I don’t remember who won, but neither of us were going to stop. After that I think we bonded a little more and had a couple of CrossFit firsts together. We did our first NLI competition together and got our CrossFit Level 1 certifications together. Both gave me the opportunity to get to know the incredible and generous person that Alia is (trust me, this girl is amazing)! Without further adieu, here are some Alia fun facts!

1. Alia is a Disney fanatic

2. Alia is an incredible cook

3. She has kindly volunteered as a judge at mulitiple CrossFit events

4. She drives like a bat out of hell

5. She calls Nalu squeaky door

6. Alia walked away from a serious motorcycle accident and attributed her quick reactions to save herself to her training at CrossFit

7. She aspires to open her own CrossFit gym one day up near where her mom lives

8. Alia doesn’t like chocolate

9. She’s half Chinese and celebrates Chinese New Year and has to remind Ruth when it is every year

10. She once worked for Disney

11. Alia has the worst luck with neighbors. Just ask her about her last few.

12. She groans when she sees running in a wod but signs up for half marathons and has completed a half marathon dressed as Stitch

13. She has been paid to cater parties

14. You can thank Alia for generously donating the blue and red stretchy tape in the gym

15. She loves to smile at babies, but thinks they have cooties and won’t touch them

16. She knows all of the hidden things to look for at Disneyland and California Adventures on the rides

17. Alia works in the film industry doing motion capture

18. While working in the film industry she taped Zumba dancers for a video game for weeks on end, just ask her how much she loves the “wiggle” song by LMFAO

19. Alia comes across the most interesting situations and always manages to at least get an audio recording of the experience. If you need a laugh, ask her to hear a few. Word of warning, don’t do anything embarrassing in front of Alia if you don’t want it recorded…

20. Alia has traveled to London and Australia for work

21. Her food is always as beautiful as it tastes

22. She is an incredible dancer and can pick up any dance move by watching a video once (ask her to show you Gangnam style!)

23. Alia is super OCD about her kitchen gadgets. You better not cut meat on her veggie cutting board!

24. She is a great photographer and many Intrepid photos were taken by her (or the camera she donated)

25. She used to row and play rugby competitively

26. Alia’s favorite color is red

27. Alia is not a morning person but works out at 6:30am.  Subsequently, she often does the wrong rep scheme and Sean has to watch her like a hawk

28. Less than a year after back surgery, Alia PR’d her clean and jerk at 143# at the Intrepid Games

29. For a while she was often the only 6:30a class attender and got lots of one on one class time with Sean

30. Her favorite Disney character is Stitch, the alien from Lilo and Stitch

31. Alia loves her car, which you will see is decked out with Stitch stuff; She named it NeNo meaning Nearly Normal named after her favorite boat in her old rowing club

32. Alia passed the Fire Academy physical fitness test with flying colors, shortly after starting at CFI

33. She is an amazing hand artist and can draw anything on demand

34. She hates spiders and is terrified of them

Seriously one of the most interesting people I know! Happy Birthday strong and beautiful Alia! We wish you many positive things in the future and can’t be more excited that you are staying with us in So Cal!!!

WOD 12.06.12

Skills Day



24 Comments to "Athlete Profile: Alia"

  • Michael H says:

    December 6, 2012 at 7:31 AM -

    Happy Birthday Alia! So glad to hear you’re staying in So Cal. You truly are one of the coolest and sweetest girls I know yet still be a bad ass!

    Have an awesome day. C ya @ the Xmas party, looking forward to whatever surprise dish you got lined up :)

  • Amy says:

    December 6, 2012 at 7:35 AM -

    Happy Birthday Alia!!!!

  • tami says:

    December 6, 2012 at 7:39 AM -

    Happy Birthday Alia!!! Hope to see you during the holidays.

  • kathy says:

    December 6, 2012 at 7:42 AM -

    Yay Alia! Have the happiest of birthdays! Let’s celebrate on Saturday!

  • Tom R says:

    December 6, 2012 at 7:44 AM -

    Happy Birthday Alia. Regarding “Fun Facts” 33 and 34, if you were asked to draw a spider, could you???? Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday..

  • Andrea says:

    December 6, 2012 at 8:14 AM -

    Happy Birthday Alia!!

  • Cristina says:

    December 6, 2012 at 8:17 AM -

    Happy birthday Alia!!!

  • Mike K says:

    December 6, 2012 at 8:33 AM -

    Happy Birthday Alia! See you Saturday!

  • Xuan says:

    December 6, 2012 at 8:41 AM -

    Happy Birthday for the second time Alia!!

  • Sara says:

    December 6, 2012 at 10:42 AM -

    Happy birthday Alia! Enjoy your day and see you Saturday!

  • troy says:

    December 6, 2012 at 10:53 AM -

    Happy Birthday!

  • Melina says:

    December 6, 2012 at 10:54 AM -

    Happy Birthday Alia!! You have long been my inspiration in the AM classes. You are amazing!

  • Anna says:

    December 6, 2012 at 12:10 PM -

    Happy Birthday Alia!!

    I am so thrilled you are staying with us, you are such an important part of the intrepid family!

    Great post Holley!

  • james says:

    December 6, 2012 at 1:13 PM -

    happy birthday!

  • Amanda says:

    December 6, 2012 at 1:32 PM -

    Happy birthday, Alia!

  • Stephanie says:

    December 6, 2012 at 1:37 PM -

    Happy Birthday Alia! You are a truly amazing and unique person. I never get to workout with you but I always look for your name on the board :). Have a super wonderful day special lady!

  • Tina says:

    December 6, 2012 at 1:46 PM -

    Happy Birthday Alia! You are truly awesome!

  • Paul says:

    December 6, 2012 at 1:53 PM -

    Happy birthday Alia!!! 6:30!!!

  • pat s. says:

    December 6, 2012 at 1:58 PM -

    Happy Birthday Alia! Thanks for all your help & advice in the AM :)

  • Jake says:

    December 6, 2012 at 2:02 PM -

    Alia!!! Hope you have a very Happy Birthday!

  • avelyne says:

    December 6, 2012 at 2:54 PM -

    Happy Birthday Alia! Hope you have an amazing birthday! Can’t wait for your “something fabulous” on Saturday!

  • becky says:

    December 6, 2012 at 3:24 PM -

    happy birthday Alia! love you, girl!

  • Alia says:

    December 6, 2012 at 6:51 PM -

    Thanks for the love you guys! I do truly feel like you are my family in the strange LA land. Just thinking of you guys on a bad day brings a level of happiness that even Stitch can’t give me. *big hugs*

  • Jason says:

    December 7, 2012 at 8:15 AM -

    Happy belated B-Day, Alia! Hope that you had a great birthday.

    Also hope that I am not on any of the recordings as I will blame any embarrassing noise on the Paleo diet.

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