Mindy Muylaert - Figure Competitor

I started competing 3 years ago and it all started because I wanted to loose my post pregnancy weight. There was a picture taken of me while I was at the beach in a bikini and when I saw this picture I remember thinking "is that what I really look like" because in my head I was in way better shape but that picture was telling a different story. I was not happy with what I looked like and vowed that Monday I was hitting the gym. I started working out doing my own thing and slowly got into long distance running. Ran a few races, worked my way up to 10k and before I knew it, Sundays I found myself running 10k without a problem. I continued to work out at the gym 3/4 days a week and really started to notice huge changes in my physique. But, it wasn't until someone approached me at the gym asking if I was training for a show that it got me thinking. At first I thought, is this guy nuts? I do not look like a competitor! But then I thought; could I be? So I Went home and told my husband about this compliment I had just got at the gym. To my surprise he said, you should! You have the body for it, you should do it! So from there that's where it all began. I got myself a coach and was on my way to training for my first Figure competition.

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#throwbackthursday to just this past weekend when I brought my best package yet! Already feels like forever ago.... Looking forward to a great off season, working on my weaknesses to make them become my strengths ???? #figure #figurecompetitor #bikini #teamkaboam #fitness #fitnessmotivation #strongwomen #strong #gains #workingonmyquads #gymlife?? #momoftwoboys #momofboys #fitmom #mom #momswholift #girlswholift #strongfitwomen #strongfitness #thisis40bitches #fitover40 #muscle #ontariomuscle #arondthecpa #canadiannationalproqualifier2018 #canadianphysiquealliance

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My diet off season is very similar to my prep season but the difference being quantity/quality of foods. Calories are much higher off season and during prep they slowly decreased the closer I get to show day. Off season I have weekly cheat meals, and I do like to live a little, so I may enjoy a treat here and there but for the most I like to follow my meal that is given to me weekly by my coach. I tend to stick to the same foods during prep and instead of cheat meals I have "high" days but using prep foods, like extra rice cakes, rice, and oatmeal. My coach figures everything out for me and makes me a weekly meal plan. Makes life easier, no thought process for me, just cook and eat what she tells me.

I've always been a confident person and have never really experienced insecurities. I guess I always felt I looked good and it helps when you have friends and family complement you and tell you how great you look! Makes stepping on stage easy. But I'm not going to lie, the first time I went out on stage I was so nervous because it was something I've never done before. I was unsure of what I was doing or what to expect. But like anything, once you do something a few times it just keeps getting easier!

My training consists of weight training 5 days a week, 1 day of plyometric training, cardio 4x a week post weights and fasted cardio once a week. As I get closer to a show my cardio increases to 4/5 times a week a second cardio session in the evening and 2 days of fasted cardio. Off season I do very little cardio. Usually 6 days of weight training and 1 day of cardio or an active rest day.

Just last weekend I competed in the Canadian National Pro Qualifier. Overall I had an amazing experience. I didn't do as well as I had hoped but I was proud of the package I brought to stage. By far this was my best physique and even though I could have used more time and had been a bit more conditioned in my legs, I loved the way I looked. Super happy with what my coach had done with me and the HUGE changes we made in such a short period of time. I had just competed in the Canadian Natural Pro Qualifier in August and only had 9 weeks to make some serious changes that the judges expressed on my critique video.

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Can you say booty gains?! One year difference. The left ????was last year this weekend at the @kwoshow_posing show and the right ???? was on Saturday. The judges said I needed to work on my glutes and hammies and I think Iíve done pretty good bringing them in! I still have two weeks left and a lot can still happen. Iím certainly super happy with how I look, and Iím forever thankful for my coach @jodiboam for her guidance and helping me achieve these goals. Ps, do you love my socks? ?? #figurecompetitor #figure #aroundthecpa #fitmom #momoftwoboys #fitfam #motivationmonday #motivation #glutes #glutesgains #hammies #hammiesandglutes #tranaformation #thisis40bitches #ontariomuscle #thisis40bitches #fusionbodybuilding #fusionfam #teamkaboam #strongwomen #girlswholift #girlswithmuscle

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I'm a mom of two young boys, a wife and I work as Registered Pharmacy Technician. I have my plate full and competing really keeps me busy! but I'm so lucky to have a supportive, loving husband who allows me to do what I love, who supports me and enjoys watching me compete. I couldn't be here today without him.

I have a couple of goals in mind in the next few months. I plan on having a very successful off season, focusing on growing and really working on my weaknesses to make them my strengths. I have a couple of shows in mind but no definite plans as to when I will compete next or where, 2019 I will hit the stage again, but what show I'll do is still up in the air.

Email: msmew@hotmail.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mindymuylaert

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