Camille Dagorn - Bikini Competitor

I actually found out about this sport through my mom because she competed a few years ago as a way to get into the best shape of her life. I watched her train and sculpt her body, and I saw the confidence it gave her. She encouraged me to also do a competition, but at first I refused. After about a year of following her same type of workouts as her I finally decided to give it a try. I was craving a change-up in my life and wanted to do something that would challenge and change me forever. And it did. I competed in my first bikini competition in July 2015 and took first place in Novice, 2nd place Open. I then went on to place 1st in three more shows that year. My mom (who was doing Figure at the time) and I have actually competed together in the same show together, which was pretty awesome.

My contest diet is usually pretty strict but always healthy. I include the usual chicken, egg whites, fish. My prep diet is typically low in fats, and I also carb cycle throughout prep. In my "off-season" or improvement season I still work with my coach on a nutrition and training plan. I definitely eat way more of a variety of foods, and I incorporate more fruits and vegetables. And peanut butter :) I've always been healthy, so eating this way is natural to me. I also live in New York City and love to travel so I do love being able to enjoy some of the best food in the world.

Failed diet: No-carb or super low-carb plans do not work for me. I personally struggle with that type of plan and it results in a major slowdown of my metabolism. I also am very careful about sodium and salt intake, especially as I get closer to a show. The biggest lesson I've learned is to NOT change anything during peak week or the day of the show. I stick to what I know works.

During prep I lift 5-6 days a week. I incorporate HIIT cardio at least 3-4 times a week and steady state fasted cardio 5 days a week. The training for me is the easy part (though nothing about my actual workouts is easy). The really difficult part is balancing training and a strict diet along with a full-time job and hectic schedule in New York City. Stress can do a number on your body, and I've experienced that this past season. Sometimes it means I'm in the gym until 11pm when the lights go out. Or it means missing out on work happy hours or catching up with friends. What helps me stay on track is prepping all of my meals in advance (usually Sunday). I feel completely off-balance if I don't have my next meal prepped. I'm still learning about different tips and tricks to stay on track through stressful times and while traveling.

For me, confidence comes from knowing I've worked extremely hard and have done everything I could to get to this point. I find confidence in the fact that I've done something most people won't ever do in their lives. It gives me a sense of pride to look back on how far I've come - mentally more so than physically. That's what puts a smile on my face. Also, with the adrenaline that comes from getting on stage I can't help but feel confident in that moment.

My most recent competition was Team Universe. It was my 3rd national show and my worst placing to date! I only gave myself about 4-5 weeks to prep for this show as I wasn't planning on competing there this year. I was dealing with a lot of stress with work and ultimately this affected my progress. I felt great at check-ins, but the day of the show I knew that it wouldn't be my best. However, I had come too far to give up or quit. I decided I would use the experience to have fun, learn and grow.

I think it's important for people to accept failure and learn from it, and that's exactly what I've done. I have more fire than ever to be better and improve upon my overall look, but even more of a desire to take care of my body and mind. I am taking my time to get there rather than rushing to get on stage again.

Life as an athlete: I've been an athlete my entire life. I also played Division I field hockey in college, so being an athlete has always been a part of who I am. I really know nothing different. It has helped give me a purpose and a passion. I do feel like competing has helped me become more mentally tough and more equipped to handle difficult and stressful situations whether it's in my personal life or professional life. It has also given me an outlet for my competitiveness and helps relieve stress of course!

My outlook on life has changed so much since I've started competing. I care less about what people think of me. I don't get caught up in a lot of nonsense or drama that I know other people get caught up with. I now know what my mind and body are both capable of, and I plan to make the most of those gifts.

Future plans: right now I'm focused on slowly revving up my metabolism for my next prep. My goal is really to get to a point where I can do less cardio with more carbs :)

While I am definitely working towards that pro card, I am taking the right steps to get there instead of rushing anything. Everything will fall into place when it is the right time.


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