Marie-Claude St.Jacques - IFBB Bikini Pro

I was inspired by all those amazing pictures on the wall at the gym, of people who had competed. I thought that it was such a rewarding personal achievement, and I also wanted to know if I could do it myself.

During my off-season my daily calorie intake is around 1800-2000 depending on how active I am. I also have one cheat meal per week. My favourite is cheat meal is a Cheeseburger and Caesar Salad, mmm! During my off-season I follow an intermittent fasting diet where 40% of my calorie intake will come from lean proteins. The rest of my calories are divided between complex carbs and healthy fats. I found that the intermittent fasting is what works best for me. This way of eating make me able to stay fit all year round and still be able to build lean muscle mass. It also saves me a lot of time! 12 weeks before a contest I no longer do the intermittent fasting. I’m now doing it the old-fashioned way which is 6 small meals a day. My calorie intake slowly decreases almost every week. It can go as low as 1000 calories a day! The proteins stay pretty much the same but the carbs and fats are removed.

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Everybody is different and has a different metabolism. You have to know what works best for you. Over the years I tried different diets and the one that really doesn’t work for me is the high fat, low carb diet. I know some people for whom it works well and they have amazing results, but my body doesn’t react well do it.

I got used to being on stage at a very young age. My first time was around 5 years old and it was for a ballet recital. I remember that I was terrified but then really liked it, and wanted to do it again. I did ballet for few years, and also figure skating. I always loved to perform in front of a crowd. Then I found fitness: I love being on stage and feeling that amazing energy…it feels good!

My training program includes traditional weight-lifting and cardio 5 days a week. I use jogging as my pre-workout cardio, and walking as my post-workout. I’m active 7 days a week. Some days I do only cardio and some days only weights. I will adjust my calories depending on the level of activity. I mostly adjust the carb/fat ratio.

One of the best days of my life was when I turned Pro last May 2017. Winning my Pro status showed me that by being passionate and by not giving up I was able to reach my goal to be an IFBB Pro, and it feels great!

Being a Bikini Fitness competitor can become all-consuming. To be able to balance my life I have to be disciplined and very well organized, and also I must be prepared to adjust my daily routine at anytime. Having supportive friends and family is also very important.

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Baltimore, MD - October 27th
Sacramento, CA - November 3rd

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