Alysha testimonials

Testimonials from Alysha Cliff


I first met Mariya towards the end of 2008, when I was doing my Work Placement hours for my Certificate 3 and 4 in Fitness with Peak Health Management and was placed under Mariya’s wing.


It was from this very moment that things were on the up for me, thanks to Mariya’s help and guidance in the right direction. I now am a successful personal trainer and pilates instructor with my own business AJC Personal Health and Fitness.


Not long after meeting Mariya, she suggested to me about competing in sports model events at national body building shows. I had never really heard about the sports model category and didn’t really know what to expect. I thought long and hard about it and didn’t really think it was for me. At the time, Mariya was preparing to head over to the USA to compete internationally, after hearing about her dieting and training I decided I didn’t have the will power or self confidence. Mariya continued to have faith in me and took me along to a competition to watch and show me what it was really about. After watching the competition, I still wasn’t in the right mind frame and didn’t have the self belief.


Over a year later, I decided to give it a go. During this whole period, Mariya kept persisting with me to get up on that stage and strut my stuff. It was on July 10, 2010 that I got all tanned up, put my bikini and heels on and competed in the INBA All Female Classic. It was amazing! I think to myself why didn’t I just get up there earlier on, why did it take me so long?


Since the All Female Classic, I have competed in 2 more competitions and have become hooked, as well as becoming a sponsored athlete by ASN. It was thanks to Mariya’s persistence and faith in me that I eventually got the confidence to get up there and show everyone what I was made of.

After the All Female Classic, I wanted some memories of all the hard work I had put in (6 days a week in the gym was huge for me), so Mariya organized my first ever photo shoot. It was in a gym setting and I was really nervous. I had no idea what to do, but again once we started I loved every minute of it. Mariya made me feel so at ease and comfortable behind the camera, which resulted in the pictures looking fantastic. I never thought there would be a day, where I would take a picture as great as these turned out. I couldn’t find a bad one amongst them.


After seeing how great the pictures turned out, Mariya suggested I send some around to agencies around Melbourne. I was fortunate enough to recently be signed by Epic Talent Management.


I am now looking forward to an even bigger and successful 2011 and most of the credit comes back to Mariya!