What inspired you to start training and competing?
I see it now as a calling in my life. I had just turned 17 years old and I was still in school along with working two part-time jobs. One day at my gym, an IFBB Figure pro came up to me. She told me I had a great structure and asked if I had thought about competing. I said no, and she told me about a local contest coming up there in Montreal. I decided I would try it. It was like a switch had been flipped inside my head. I started eating and breathing bodybuilding and went to the gym twice a day. I fell in love with the training first, then the dieting. I didn’t know anything, so I went on as many websites and forums as I could to learn more. I won that first contest, and the next one, and then won my class at the Canadian Nationals. Only the Overall Bikini champion gets a pro card, and I earned that a year later. The rest is history.
You had been a soccer player before all this. How would you compare that body to the way you look now?
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12 Steps to Peak Your Physique in 2022!
Why do we make such a big deal out of a new year? These are after all abstract constructs that we humans came up with to delineate our lives into blocks of time: seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and years. It’s what a new year represents that’s so important. It’s a chance at a fresh start, a chance to make changes for the better. As bodybuilders, time is always of the essence. It takes time to build muscle and to lose fat, and that’s assuming all methods and conditions are optimal. If they aren’t, you’re usually wasting time when you could be improving. I don’t want you to waste 2022, which is why I’ve come up with 12 steps you can start taking today so that the physique you have at the end of 2022 is superior to the one you started it with. Read on!
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