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Empowering Every Journey to Fitness

From pandemic pivot to inspiring movement, Alicia Coleman changed her life–and started inspiring others to do the same.

photo credit: @stephaniebrianaphotography

In 2020, as the world grappled with one of the biggest pandemics in history, Alicia Coleman, found herself searching for alternative ways to stay in shape without access to a gym. The 28-year-old’s commitment to maintaining an active lifestyle led her to start Live Activeli, an activewear brand for individuals at any stage of their fitness journey.

Documenting her daily workouts on social media, Alicia inadvertently became a source of inspiration for friends and family, motivating them to prioritize their health and wellness. Live Activeli was born from Alicia’s belief that everyone has the power to live a healthier, more active life, regardless of their circumstances.

Selected as a finalist in our March 2023 photo contest on Instagram, Alicia’s dedication and passion for promoting an active lifestyle earned her the crown with the most votes. As we celebrate Women’s History Month, we couldn’t think of a more fitting time to feature Alicia, a woman who reminds others that fitness is not a one-size-fits-all journey.

Keep reading to learn more about Alicia’s wellness journey, her vision for Live Activeli, and how she plans to continue to inspire others to prioritize their health and well-being.

“Without commitment, you’ll never start, but without consistency, you’ll never finish.”

photo credit: @guyxphoto

Tell us how your winning photo came about.

In 2020, I launched my page with minimal resources. Despite financial constraints, I approached a friend to do a small photoshoot to obtain some headshots for my page (see the lead photo in this feature). Fast-forward to this year, four years since the inception of my page, and it was time for a reintroduction. Reflecting on the journey, there has been significant growth and transformation. This recent photoshoot (all-white background photos) served as a reminder of the woman I’ve evolved into and the ongoing journey of self-discovery and growth.

Please briefly share your fitness journey with us.

My journey into fitness truly commenced in 2018, following my college graduation. The transition from the collegiate environment to the responsibilities of adulthood plunged me into a state of depression. To cope with this, I decided to join Planet Fitness. Despite being active throughout college and having a background in athletics, it wasn’t until I began working out as a means to manage my mental health post-graduation that my life took a significant turn. Since then, it’s been a transformative journey. Initially driven by a goal to gain weight, my interest in weight training intensified. It wasn’t until 2023 that I gained a comprehensive understanding of both my dietary needs and workout regimen, which ultimately led to the desired results. My passion for fitness has flourished, leading me to become a certified trainer in the latter part of last year. Now, fueled by my love for fitness, I am eager to share how living an active lifestyle has completely transformed my life.

We believe fitness + friendship = FUN! What is your favorite group fitness workout?

The strength training classes at FINAO.

While working out is essential, so is eating the right foods. What is your go-to pre-workout meal? How do you refuel after a workout?

My favorite pre-workout meal would be a PB&J sandwich. After a workout, I have a good hearty breakfast, which includes egg whites, turkey bacon, oatmeal, and fruit.

photo credit: @guyxphoto

What is one item that is always in your gym bag?

My tripod. (, $34.99)

What are your top 3 fitness Instagram accounts to follow?

  1. @gymsharkwomen
  2. @Cranonnn (its just the bar)
  3. and of course @prettygirlssweat

What is one thing people would be surprised to learn about you?

I am Liberian! I don’t mention it enough on my page.

What are the top three goals you hope to accomplish in life?

  1. I hope to speak to women worldwide on the importance of valuing and caring for themselves.
  2. I hope to write a book on the topic above.
  3. I hope to one day have my strength training classes for women.
photo credit: @guyxphoto

What do the words PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT mean to you?

PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT means that real women work, and we are not afraid to put in that work.

Since PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT, what is your favorite deodorant?

Dove. (, Twin pack – $10.43)

How can readers stay in touch with you on social media?

@liveactiveli on both IG, TikTok, and Threads lol

Want to be a finalist in our upcoming photo contest? Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to showcase your fitness journey! Follow us on Instagram @prettygirlssweat and tag us in your best fitness photos. We can’t wait to see your inspiring entries!

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